How to Look Taller

by Contributor

How to Look Taller. Altitude has a lot to do with attitude, but the right clothes can really help.

Items you will need

  • Higher-heeled Men's Dress Shoes
  • Men's Dress Shirts
  • Men's Dress Sweater
  • Mens' Dress Pants
  • Women's Closed-toed Shoes
  • Women's Dress Coats
  • Women's Dress Pants
  • Women's Dress Shirts
  • Women's Dress Shoes
  • Full-length Mirrors
Step 1

Select a monochromatic palette when choosing clothes. One color family from head to toe tricks the eye and brain into thinking "long and lean."

Step 2

Select pieces that won't break up your body into blocks. Women, choose a long lean dress, or no-waist pants and skirts; men, opt for thin belts the same color as your trousers.

Step 3

Go for well-tailored looks, princess seams and darts. A looser fit can often look wider.

Step 4

Pick vertical detailing: thin stripes, visible seams, interesting buttons and contrasting ties.

Step 5

Wear heels. The new square heels and stacked slides are more comfortable than stilettos ever were, so take advantage.

Step 6

Great posture is an easy way to add height, or the appearance of it.

Step 7

Lose weight if you're heavy. Slim will always look longer.


  • Today's simple colors and cuts are fashion-friendly for taller-wannabes. Knee-length skirts with similar-colored hose and shoes will help. Cuffless pants elongate the appearance. Hats, upswept hair, or anything that adds height will make you look taller.


  • Lose the capri pants, calf-length skirts or anything that cuts your eye off at an odd or midlimb point. Avoid thick, wide belts or anything obviously horizontal, which will make you appear shorter.

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