8 Style Tricks To Fake Longer Legs

Nedahl Stelio

Lifestyle Writer

Jul 11, 2020

So I’m not the tallest person in the world. But over the years I’ve learnt simple tweaks to make an outfit stretch every centimetre possible out of what I was born with.

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Don’t question, just do! Check out our eight tricks and, well, fake it. There’s no shame in this kind of faking, it’s called illusion dressing ladies, start today.

Here’s how to fake longer legs

Trick 1: Wear a nude shoe.

Shoes that match your skin tone will help give the effect of elongating the leg.


Trick 2: Go for cropped jackets.

A cropped jacket gives the illusion your torso is shorter, making your legs look longer in proportion.

Anine Bing
Anine Bing

Trick 3: Monochromatic looks are best

What you are going for is an uninterrupted look to make you legs look longer.


Trick 4: Go for Pointy Shoes

Round-toe shoes can make you look shorter whereas pointed shoes help give the effect of longer legs.

black dress gives you elongated leg

Trick 5: Longer hems are your friend.

If you wear heels, and a really low hem your legs will suddenly look incredibly long.

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Even Amal knows how to fake longer legs

Trick 6. Vertical Stripes for pants or dresses

Vertical stripes trick the eye as it gives a lengthening effect.

Trick 7: When in doubt follow Amal Clooney

Well, let’s face it when does she ever get it wrong? Plus vertical stripes are slimming.

amal clooney vertical stripe dress

Trick 8: Wear high heels

It’s an oldie but a goody – high heels extends your leg and that’s why we girls put ourselves through wear them.

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By Nedahl Stelio

Lifestyle Writer

Nedahl Stelio was previously editor of Cleo magazine and has been an editor at Cosmopolitan, Good Food and the Fairfax 'Health' section and a contributor for The Carousel. She wrote the book Mojo Mama Secrets. Now Nedahl is the founder and owner of Recreation Beauty.



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