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1. STRAY FROM YOUR STRAIGHT JEANS
That said, you don’t only have to stick to super slim denim—so long as it can easily be altered. We’re huge fans of the current split-hem trend, since it’s not quite a bell bottom but can be worn with a few different styles of shoes, from pointy flats to round-toe booties. And, if you opt for a pair that are too long, any tailor should be able to shorten this style and extend the split-hem detail, without altering the impact of the silhouette. Which, as you might know, isn’t always the case with flares.
2. SKIP SHAPELESS DRESSES (AND TOPS)
To risk sounding like your mother, sack dresses do absolutely nothing for your figure. It’s important to know which trends and pieces work for your stature and unfortunately, these roomy dresses will work against you by absolutely swallowing you in fabric. You’re much better off with wrap details, slim sheaths or fit-and-flare numbers that won’t totally engulf you.
3. ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES
If shirtsleeves tend to extend a few inches below your wrist, you risk looking sloppy the second your step out the door. The easy fix here is just to roll those sleeves up to your mid-arm or elbow. Whether you go for neat folds or a haphazard push, roll, scrunch method, you’ll no longer be living in the shadows of the generous sleeves of your button-down shirt. Similar to our tip on showing some ankle, this hint of skin will make your arms appear longer than they are—and thus add a few visual inches to your overall appearance.
4. EMBRACE JUMPSUITS
Okay, this one isn’t as much of a tip as it is a suggestion: Put on a jumpsuit and never look back. These are surprisingly easy to wear—even if you’re petite—as they do a splendid job of offering the appearance of a perfectly proportionate frame. (Yup, even if you feel that you might have super short legs. Trust us, you don’t.) They’re easy to be tailored and there’s something so inherently cool about a jumpsuit. Seriously, just try one out.
5. CINCH YOUR WAIST
Similar to tip #3 above, drawing attention to the slimmest part of your body will make almost any item look like it was tailor-made for you. Whether you opt for a blazer with a smart built-in cincher, you add a leather belt to the waist of your go-to fit-and-flare dress or simply opt for a blouse that’s slightly more fitted through the mid-section, there are a plethora of ways to test out this flattering trick.
6. GO FOR A CROP TOP
Before you roll your eyes and keep scrolling—hear us out! We’re not saying you need to bare your bellybutton at all times. Instead, try out tops that hit no lower than your hip bones. This will even out the proportion between your torso and your legs, which is something a tunic cannot do. Pair yours with high-waisted jeans or even a skirt that’s cut a little higher on the hip to really nail this look.