“You don’t look like you have short legs.” That comment shows up almost every time I discuss styling mistakes I try to avoid. Playing with proportion is likely the trickiest part to get right, but I keep working on it.
A woman with a long torso and short legs will look very different from the one with a short torso and long legs, even if the two women are the same height and weight. These differences are known as vertical proportions. Horizontal proportions consider the width of the hips, waist, and bust. But we can always use tricks to fool the eye and make our bodies look more balanced.
At least one professional stylist is always on the set of a photoshoot for marketing since the model needs to wear the right clothes for her body type. The clothing also needs to be styled in a particular way. The makeup, lighting, and photography all play a huge part in convincing you to purchase that item. So you may be very unhappy with that piece when you try it on at home.
I’ve learned to ignore the hype and study the aspects of the garment, not the professional styling that went into the shoot. For example, I know that if I wear a high crew neck in a light color and tuck that top into faded girlfriend jeans and wear round-toe shoes, I will look older, wider, and very frumpy. But, on the other hand, the model wearing that same outfit looked fabulous because she is six feet tall and nineteen years old.
My goal in showing these looks was to demonstrate how styling can make us look very different.
The culottes and sweater shell are the base in each photo, but on the right, I used styling tricks to give me the appearance of long legs: 1 – Nude shoes with a pointed toe and a short block heel will visually add two inches to your legs. 2 – Showing even a tiny part of your waistline makes the legs look longer. 3 – A shorter jacket or shirt that shows the full leg length is always more flattering. 4 – Showing the ankles, wrists, and collar bones make us look taller and more slender. These tips are also perfect for petite women.