Petite Girl Style Tips |Make Your Legs Look Longer

I was looking around the internet for tips on how to make my legs look longer being the petite 5ft nothing that I am. That’s when it hit me, there are tips, there are pictures but guess what they are tips from girls taller than 5ft 5 and pictures of girls definitely taller than 5ft! That’s not fair right, I want to see pictures of people closer to my height! So I decided to pull together all my tips with pictures. These tips are tried and tested girls! I am 5ft (4ft 11.5 inches to be exact) and my husband is 6ft 1, so I use these tricks all the time!

The Figure

Trick 1 – Shift the Focus

What do I mean by this? Well it’s about playing with your waistline and where it appears to be. The higher the waistline the longer your legs appear. So go in for high-waisted jeans, skirts or an empire dress. Accentuate the waist with a belt or a scarf.

Banana Republic Skirt
Banana Republic Skirt

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Trick 2 – Wear Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes draw your eyes into wanting to look up and down and this will elongate you. It also has a slimming effect! So try to pick pants, skirts and dresses that have a vertical pattern. On the flip side try to avoid horizontal stripes if you want the slimming effect.

Loft Skirt
Loft Skirt

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Trick 3 – Tuck It!

If you want a refined and lengthening look then always be sure to tuck your top in! Leaving it out cuts the length of your legs and therefore you get a stumpy look. You want additional inches added to your legs then pair it with a high waited pair of pants!

Loft Blouse
Loft Blouse

Trick 4 – Make It Cropped!

A shorter jacket or blazer will shorten your torso and make your legs appear longer. Jackets with some taper in the front can also give a similar illusion. Make sure to tuck your top in always!

The Loft Blazer
The Loft Blazer

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Trick 5 – Monochromatic!

When your outfit is monochromatic then you create the illusion of one continuous silhouette. This way it’s difficult to tell where your torso ends and your legs start giving you an elongated effect! Now you know why I love my monochromes so much ๐Ÿ™‚

The J.Crew Dress
The J.Crew Dress

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The Power of the Hemline

Trick 6 – The Shorter the Better!

Want longer legs then wear shorter shorts (or dresses or skirts!)! Raising those hemlines always helps ๐Ÿ™‚

The Shorter the Better!
The Shorter the Better!

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Trick 7 – The Asymmetrical Hem!

When you have a horizontal hemline it will break the illusion of a continuous leg by interrupting the eye. To avoid this an asymmetrical hemline provides a smooth and soft silhouette effect thereby making your legs look as long as the highest point in the hemline!

Stay Fierce Boutique Dress
Stay Fierce Boutique Dress

Shop the Asymmetrical Hem

Trick 8 – The Low Hem

The best part about being petite is that you can wear the short stuff and the long stuff with equal ease! The wonderful part about the low hems is that you can wear a high heel under it! Make sure your hemline covers your heel for maximum lengthening effect!

One thing to note is that you should avoid calf length outfits. This tends to give you a stumpy look as it stops at the widest part of your leg.

Anthropologie Skirt
Anthropologie Skirt

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It’s All About the Shoe

Trick 9 – High Heel with no Ankle Strap

I know what you’re thinking, duh that’s obvious! Yes it is ๐Ÿ™‚ Wear a heel. A heel with a platform works best for me because then my foot isn’t as arched. Also the ankle strap is your enemy unless it blends with you skin tone. The strap cuts your leg at the ankle and thereby shortens it!

Joan and David Shoes
Joan and David Shoes

Shop the High Heel Sans Ankle Strap

Trick 10 – Match It!

Make sure that your stockings and your shoes match. This creates a continuous illusion until your toe thereby including your shoe heel/platform in your leg length. Avoid different colored shoes than your leggings/stockings because then you lose the inches your shoe gives you.

Steve Madden Shoes
Steve Madden Shoes

Trick 11 – The Pointed Toe

Again it’s all about the illusion. A pointed toe has more space at the tip than a round toe, this easily adds inches to your feet there making you look longer! Also the smaller the vamp the better for a leg lengthening effect.

Alice and Olivia Shoes
Alice + Olivia Shoes

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Trick 12 – The Nude Shoe

If you wear a nude that matches your skin tone it will lengthen your legs. It’s the same trick as when you match your leggings to your shoes. one is a winter trick the other is for summer!

The Nude Shoe
The Nude Shoe

Shop the Nudes

I hope that these tips help all my petite girlfriends out there! These tips don’t mean that you have to use all of them all at once! But you can combine a few depending on what your ultimate look is going to be and viola you will have a leg lengthening effect!

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All The Tips In One Pic - Petite Girl Style - Make Your Legs Look Longer
All The Tips In One Pic


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    • audrey conceicao
      August 8, 2016 / 10:56 am

      Thank you and I am glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. ruthieridley
    August 8, 2016 / 10:37 am

    What an incredible post!! These are wonderful tips! Seeing as I am 5′ 1″ I need all the height I can get!!

    • audrey conceicao
      August 8, 2016 / 10:55 am

      I am so glad it’s helpful and you like it <3

  2. August 8, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Love this. My sister is 4’11 (she’s 17) and could use these tips. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. August 9, 2016 / 10:17 am

    How fabulous are you darling?!?!? I’m loving all of these outfits and I honestly couldn’t tell you were petite from the photos so clearly all your tips and tricks are working! Such a great and in depth post!

    • audrey conceicao
      August 9, 2016 / 10:18 am

      I am so glad you like it <3

    • audrey conceicao
      August 9, 2016 / 12:13 pm

      Thank you love!

  4. August 9, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    I LOVE all these outfits. Your post was so beautiful and although I am not petite, I can totally appreciate all the fashion!
    XX-Samantha |

  5. August 10, 2016 / 10:18 am

    oo thanks so much for these tips! I’m all about trying to elongate the figure any and all the time! thanks for sharing these ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. August 10, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Great elongating tips! I’m not petite but I still love looking for ways to make my legs look even longer. Supermodel leg goals haha (:

  7. August 11, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Hi Audrey, Interesting post! I’m 5’9″ so I’ve always had the opposite problem. I was always told to wear different colors of blouse, jacket and skirt or pants to break up the long line from my feet to my head! So monochromatic is the way to go to look taller, in my opinion. Men love shorter women so be happy with your short stature. Too high a heel can make it look obvious that one is trying to look taller – be comfortable and don’t sacrifice safety! Blessings, Janet

  8. August 11, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Great post for us small girls! I love that striped Loft skirt so much! You have fabulous taste in all your outfits and definitely know how to dress for you body!

  9. August 12, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Wow you look amazing!!

    Iโ€™m excited to start a two-peat collaboration with Los Angeles-based brand TOBI this week at the blog via a sexy outfit โ€“ come check it out & lemme know what you think!

    Happy Friday!


  10. August 13, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    Great tips girl! I’m 5’9 so I can’t take them but I’ll pass them along! lol

  11. happinessatmidlife
    August 16, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    These are so great tips! I am on the shorter side as well and use many of these tips to help make me appear taller ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


    • audrey conceicao
      August 16, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you so much for hosting! I’m glad you liked the post ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. shelbeeontheedge1
    August 17, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    I am not petite but I still like to make my legs longer, too. These are fabulous tips appropriate for all women! Thanks so much for linking up On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again this week.


  13. Jessica
    August 18, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    These are all great tips and I think you look amazing in all of these styles!
    Jeans and a Teacup

    • audrey conceicao
      August 19, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so excited to be the most viewed

  14. August 21, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I’m vertically challenged, so I love this post!

  15. January 7, 2018 / 2:24 am

    Thank you for posting this awesome post. I’ve been reading for a while but I’ve never left a comment.
    I’ve bookmarked your blog and shared this on my Facebook.
    Thanks again for a really good post!

    • audrey conceicao
      January 8, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      Thank you so very much! I am super glad you like my blog and thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. April 25, 2020 / 2:02 am

    Sweet and Amazing Dress Collection. You are looking beautiful and sweet in this dress.

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