It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every woman must be in want of longer legs. Thankfully, even if you weren’t genetically blessed in that department, you can fake long, lean stems with a few tricks of the trade—and without ever hitting the gym.
6 Tricks To Make Your Legs Look Longer
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Whether it’s as easy as wearing a pair of nude heels or learning how to play with proportions in high-waisted jeans a la Ali Larter, you’d be surprised how these simple ideas fool everyone into assuming you’ve got mile-long gams. Click through our slideshow for six must-try tips--and get ready for the compliments!
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It’s as simple as that! Find a pair that’s as close as possible to your skin tone. The nude hue makes it hard to tell where your leg ends and your foot begins--a good thing if you want longer gams. We suggest Zara’s Platform Peep-Toe Heels ($50) in Nude.
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A pair of high-waisted pants or shorts makes it seem as if your waistline’s higher, and therefore, your legs longer. Take a cue from Ali Larter, who paired high-rise denim with high heels for an endless effect. Try AG’s Goldie High Rise Trousers ($85) in Captivate or, for a darker wash, Henry & Belle’s High Waisted Flare Jeans ($75).
On Ali Larter: Levi's Modern Rise Supreme Curve Bootcut Skinny Jeans ($40) in Medium Bleach
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Bronzer might be your new best friend. If you’re wearing shorts or a mini skirt, smooth bronzer--we like the subtle shimmer of Nars’ Body Glow ($59)--onto your legs, focusing heavily on the shins, to create a lengthening optical illusion.
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If you match the color of your pants and your shoes, you’ll create one sleek, unbroken line, which gives the illusion of longer legs. This street style muse got it right in her streamlined outfit!
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Aside from the obvious benefit of high heels, which give you immediate height, pointy-toe pumps like Stuart Weitzman’s Naughty Pumps ($335) instantly elongate your feet (making it appear like your legs are longer, too). Bonus points for finding a pointy stiletto with a low-cut vamp; in other words, toe cleavage is your friend! Opt for this style rather than a shoe with straps that cut across your ankle.
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You don’t have to toss your skinny jeans, but it’s a smart idea to invest in a pair of wide-leg pants, particularly a pair with vertical details. The floor-skimming hemline looks incredible paired with wedges (just see how Viviana Volpicella, Vogue Brazil’s contributing fashion editor, styled her side-stripe trousers). Plus, a wedge offers an easy and comfortable way to boost your height--and therefore the look of your legs--by six inches. For a similar effect, try Aldo’s Armentor Wedges ($80) in Peach and Tibi’s Anson Tuxedo Pants ($295) in Ivory Multi.