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Six Fashion Tips for Short Women

Even if you're not supermodel tall, you can still wear the latest fashions and look great. Short women have some advantages in the fashion world. You can only add so much length to a pair of pants or a skirt by letting down the hemline, but you can take up a pair of pants as much as you need to get a perfect fit. If you are a shorter woman, your goal is most likely to give the illusion of length. This can be done by tricking the eye using clever fashion techniques. Here are some of the best fashion tips for short women:

Lengthen the line of your body with monochromatic colors

If you wear a different color on top than you do on the bottom, you tend to cut your body in half visually which makes you look shorter. This is particularly true if one color is light and the other dark. Instead try wearing a monochromatic outfit in a single shade of shirt and pants or shirt and skirt. This creates a long, lean line that adds the illusion of height to your figure.

Wear dark colors

Dark colors, particularly if monochromatic, add the illusion of height. A black top and slim black pants with some carefully chosen accessories and moderate to high heels in black gives a long, lean sophisticated line that's perfect for a variety of occasions. Dark colors will also make you look slimmer.

Avoid shorter, flared pants and Capri pants

You'll appear to be taller if you wear a pants length that covers the shoe. Capri pants can also break your height and make you appear shorter. Straight pants are most flattering to a shorter figure. Avoid flared pants legs if you want to appear taller.

Wear higher waisted pants and skirts for maximum height

High-waisted pants can add the illusion of height and greater leg length. Avoid hip pant styles if you're shorter in stature.

Choose a thinner belt

Thick, bulky belts tend to cut the length of your body. Opt for a thinner belt if you wear one at all. Also avoid belts in a color that contrasts with the shade of your outfit or one that has too much detailing. You want to maintain a clean, simple line.

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