Just as probably everyone else on the planet I'm very much intrigued by how tall celebs are. And guess what? They're always more petite than you'd think (Kylie Minogue 1m52, Ariana Grande 1m53, Kim Kardashian 1m59, Selena Gomez 1m65 - I know right??), and that's because they all have real good stylists. So if you thought that I'm taller than my actual 1m75, it's all thanks to the styling tricks I've assembled over the years, to make my legs look longer. And the best part: no heels involved! With these 5 timeless styles (and their accompanying key pieces), you'll look that much taller, whilst gliding through life with the greatest of ease - now and forever, 'cause these looks never get out of style!
I've loved these Stella McCartney platform brogues ever since they were first introduced, and the fact that they're still available today proves I wasn't the only one. Bonus point: they're also super flattering for bigger shoe sizes (such as mine!). Combine them with a ribbed body-hugging two-piece in a classy colour (this one from Mango is cute and affordable!), and you got yourself a winning combo...
Vertical stripes are your greatest allies if you're looking to make your legs look longer! And you really shouldn't be afraid for them to look old-fashioned, if you opt for a cropped high-waisted pair in a heavy fabric (these jacquard ones from Apiece Apart are definitely worth the investment!). Combine with a cosy oversized coat and these laid-back & Other stories espadrilles (or other casual flats), for that perfect running-around-town outfit.
One of my personal favourite ways to appear taller are so-called 'dad trousers' - high-waisted, tapered cropped trousers (this nude pair is from Zara), with a structured cut. They're a bit less casual than the model above, so I like to pair them with the most relaxed footwear ever invented: loafers! I've worn mine by Robert Clergerie to death, but these paradise-bird-ones from Zara are a pretty alternative!
Probably the classiest way to embrace this style are super long trousers in a flowy fabric (aren't these black-and-white trousers by Ann Demeulemeester super gorgeous?); they just make you look like a million dollars, no matter the occasion. I like to pair them with chunky sneakers, such as these knotted satin slip-ons by No. 21. Don't worry if your pants gather a bit at the bottom, as this actually exerts the effortless vibe we're all looking for.
I call this my preferred office look ('cause who likes running around in heels all day anyways?). Structured flares have a way of making you look wildly successful, especially when paired with these pearl-embellished pointy toe flats by Nicholas Kirkwood. And yes, this crisp Stella McCartney pair does allow you to add a bit of pink to your outfit, without diminishing your credibility one bit!