Fake Longer Legs With These 11 Style Tricks

In the words of ZZ Top: She’s got legs, she knows how to use them!

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    Whether you were genetically blessed in the gams department or not, most of us wouldn’t mind creating the illusion of even longer legs. Click through to check out our tips to fake some serious stems, just in time for the height of leg-baring season.

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Trick 1: Wear a nude shoe.

    Shoes that match your skin tone will visually extend the leg.

    Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde

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    Vince Celeste Pumps ($350)

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Trick 2: Bring your waistline up.

    High-waisted skirts, pants, or shorts will create the illusion that your legs start at a higher point.

    Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde

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    Acne Studios High Waisted Trousers ($320)

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Trick 3: Try one color from head to toe.

    The monochromatic look creates an uninterrupted visual line. Just make sure your ankle and tops of your feet are covered.

    Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde

     

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    Ivanka Trump Mina Stiletto Booties ($111); Moschino Cheap & Chic Straight Leg Trousers ($165).

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    PHOTO: Gastro Chic

    Trick 4: Opt for pants with vertical lines.

    Vertical lines orient the eye to look up and down, which has a lengthening effect.

    Photo courtesy of Gastro Chic

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Trick 5: Ditch the ankle strap.

    Ankle straps visually bisect the legs. Opt for standard or low-cut pumps instead.

    Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde

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    Charles by Charles David Pact Pumps ($00)

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Trick 6: Longer hems are your friend.

    Especially when worn with heels, a floor-grazing hem makes your legs look incredibly long.

    Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde

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    PHOTO: Lee Oliveira

    Trick 7: Pointed shoes are best.

    Round-toe shoes can have a shortening effect, while pointed pumps elongate the leg. Extra points for choosing a style with a low vamp so even more foot is exposed.

    Image courtesy of Lee Oliveira

     

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    Sam Edelman Snake-Print d'Orsay Pumps ($100)

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Trick 8: Go for slightly cropped jackets.

    Similar to wearing high-waisted pants, a cropped jacket will also make it look as if your torso is shorter, making your legs look longer in proportion.

    Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde

     

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    Veronique Branquinho Cropped Jacket ($985)

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Trick 9: Shorter is better.

    If you’re comfortable showing off your legs, a higher hemline (within reason!) will make your gams look longer.

    Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Trick 10: Choose tall boots.

    While ankle boots have a special place in our heart, a thigh-high boot creates a longer visual line. Magnify the effect by making sure a gap of skin doesn’t show by wearing a dress, skirt, or jacket with a hemline that ends past the top edge of the boot.

    Photo courtesy of Style Du Monde

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    Sam Edelman Kayla Over the Knee Boots ($285)

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Trick 11: Asymmetrical hems work in your favor.

    Your legs will look as long as the shortest point on an asymmetrical top or dress.

    Photo courtesy of Stockholm Street Style

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