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You're tired of feeling short and sick of people looking over your head, but heels are hell on your feet. Well, high heels and shoe lifts are the only ways to actually increase your height, but don't give up. You can take advantage of some easy tricks -- and avoid some common mistakes -- to make yourself look several inches taller to others even while barefoot. You'll feel more confident and look slimmer, too!
Just like your mama always told you, you've got to stand up straight. Throw your shoulders back and tuck your pelvis forward. Sit up straight, too. Good posture makes you look taller, more alert and more confident.
Wear outfits with long, vertical silhouettes to slim your figure and add the illusion of height. For example, choose long, slim skirts, high necklines, narrow belts, vertical or diagonal stripes or pinstripes and V-necklines. Stay away from horizontal stripes, wide collars, wide belts, flowery sleeves and short skirts.
Choose close-fitting, tailored cuts (or get your clothes tailored for that perfect fit). Clothes that fit you will fall on your body in cleaner lines, making you look taller and slimmer. Don't wear baggy clothing -- yeah, tunics can be comfortable, but they'll swallow you up.
Contrasting colors break up the line of your silhouette, so look taller by wearing monochrome outfits or similar colors. For example, you'll look taller in a dark gray shirt and black pants than in a fuchsia shirt and black pants.
Wear dangling jewelry, like long earrings or a longer necklace. But stay away from anything too clunky or distracting -- think of your jewelry as a subtle touch.
Make your hair bigger. We're not talking about a full Snooki pouf (but props to you if you can rock it!), but giving your hair a little fullness and height makes you look taller, too.
Walk tall. Be confident. Your presence and demeanor affect how people see you, so walk around like you're a six foot supermodel -- your poise and assurance will help you look tall, competent and in control.