6 Things That Are Making You Look Shorter

Time for a little *fashion magic*.

1. Your shoe vamps are too high.

How to look taller 101: Create a long, vertical line with as few visual interruptions as possible. (The end.) Higher-cut vamps hide the front of the foot shorten the leg line, while skin-baring styles extend it à la swimsuit models who get on their tippy-toes as they exit pools.

How to look taller 101: Create a long, vertical line with as few visual interruptions as possible. (The end.) Higher-cut vamps hide the front of the foot and shorten the leg line, while skin-baring styles extend it à la swimsuit models who get on their tippy-toes as they exit pools.

2. Your skirts aren’t short enough.

Suck it, middle school hall monitors. If you're going to go short, go as short as you can without getting charged with public indecency. If you're going long, go floor-length or just a hair above—half-assing it with a midi or awkward ankle-length hem chops up The Line. Bonus tip: Roll up too-long shirt cuffs to expose some extra wrist and forearm because flopping fabric = Dooneese.

Suck it, middle school hall monitors. If you’re going to go short, go as short as you can without getting charged with public indecency. If you’re going long, go floor-length or just a hair above — half-assing it with a midi or awkward ankle-length hem chops up The Line. Bonus tip: Roll up too-long shirt cuffs to expose some extra wrist and forearm because flopping fabric = Dooneese.

3. You’re making people look down.

Left Salma wants you to look at her belt and shoes. Right Salma wants you to admire her lip color while trying really hard not to acknowledge what's going on in that keyhole. Either way, Right Salma is successfully guiding your gaze upward so you can't tell she stands only 62 inches high.

Left Salma wants you to look at her belt and shoes. Right Salma wants you to admire her lip color while trying really hard not to acknowledge what’s going on in that keyhole. Either way, Right Salma is successfully guiding your gaze upward so you can’t tell she stands only 62 inches high.

4. Your bags are too big.

It's all about scale, this one. Besides being bad for your back, proportionally dominant bags can dwarf petite bodies. See how much more correct Kate's lunchbox looks next to her frame?

It’s all about scale, this one. Besides being bad for your back, proportionally dominant bags can dwarf petite bodies. See how much more correctKate’s lunchbox looks next to her frame?

5. Your hair is too long.

Takeaway #2: Show more skin—all over. An updo or short cut draws attention to the neck, which is like a lightening rod for the face. Too much hair is just plain distracting.

Takeaway no. 2: Show more skin — all over. An updo or short cut draws attention to the neck, which is like a lightening rod for the face. Too much hair is just plain distracting.

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