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Let's face it, all women probably want to look a little taller. It's normal to want to be as tall as the runway models at fashion week, but there is nothing wrong with embracing your body shape and tweaking your appearance to create the illusion of height. Heels are a quick fix, but high-waisted dresses, miniskirts, vertical lines and solid-colored garments are just as effective. If in doubt, a classic pair of dark denim jeans does the trick for creating a slim appearance.
Accentuating a thin waistline does wonders for the body. Women who are hourglass-shaped have it the easiest because their waists naturally go in. Even synching a belt around the waist can have a flattering effect on how tall you look. Women who are apple-shaped have more difficulty pulling off this look but look fabulous in a loose-fitting tunic or shirt-dress. Curvy women should avoid dresses that have too many embellishments incorporated into the design, opting instead for more simple styles.
Miniskirts are ideal for making your legs look even lankier. During warm weather, a casual jean skirt worn with a blouse and sandals shows off your fabulous tan while giving you the look of being a bit taller. During the winter months, look for solid-colored miniskirts that won't attract too much attention away from the rest of your outfit. Since it's cold outside, wear black tights or leggings, which slims the appearance of your legs. Any skirt with ruffles adds bulk to the hip area, so sticking to straight styles is the way to go.
Stripes should not be taken lightly -- they can work for your or become your worst nightmare. Horizontal stripes should be avoided at all costs, as they add unnecessary bulk to your frame and make you appear shorter in height. Vertical stripes work the opposite way and help create the illusion that your body is long and lean. If stripes aren't your thing, wearing a solid color like black or navy slims the appearance of the body and isn't as attention-grabbing as a bold color like red or blue.
Heels may seem like an obvious choice, but they are a quick fix to looking taller. Heels are not always a woman's best friend though. They can be uncomfortable so it's important to look for styles that are flattering and functional. A classic pair of black heels are your best bet when it comes to picking a shoe style. Ankle boots and slouchy leather knee-high boots can work against your height and actually add bulk to the legs while making you appear shorter.