The Secret To Looking Taller Without Heels

The Secret To Looking Taller Without Heels
Ashley Jahncke

Let’s cut to the chase: it’s all about a high-waisted fit. The reasoning? When your shorts or skirt start higher, it automatically makes your legs look longer. Presto, magic, just like that. Isn’t it lovely when a little style tweak makes such a big difference?

Scroll through now to shop the best high-waisted shorts and skirts on the market.

Photo courtesy of: Ashley Jahnke

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    Unless you’re model thin, leather shorts aren’t usually the most flattering, but this pleated version just might be the exception.

    ​Alexander Wang Pintuck Pleated Leather Shorts ($438)

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    We don’t mean to be hasty, but these might be our favorite shorts to come out this summer.

    ​Tibi Blanket Striped Shorts ($285) in Faded Indigo Multi

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    We’re not usually ones for maxims, but one should always say yes to tassel fringe.

    ​Reformation Malin Skirt ($148)

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    A retro-inspired print plus a flattering cut make these short-shorts a no-brainer.

    ​Tori Praver Boise Shorts ($110) in Superba Rust

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    We love the hand-painted feel of these leopard shorts.

    ​Equipment Lewis Leopard-Print Washed-Silk Shorts ($180)

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    You don’t have to wear a miniskirt to get the leg-lengthening effect. This sweet dotted skirt does the trick too.

    ​A.P.C. Jacquard Jupe Stricte Skirt ($265)

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    Because, really, who doesn’t want to look like a ‘50s pin-up queen?Amanda Uprichard

    High Waisted Shorts ($118) in Navy Stripe

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    As far as geometric prints go, this tile print is tops.

    ​Mango Printed Skater Skirt ($50)

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    This is how you do athletic-inspired style the right way.

    ​Maison Kitsuné Mini High-Waist Shorts ($435) in Cream Gold

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    We’re utterly mesmerized by this geode print.

    ​3.1 Phillip Lim Geode Metallic Embroidered Skirt ($537, more sizes here)

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    These floral silk shorts are downright fancy!

    ​Stella McCartney Floral Shorts ($522)

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    Is it us or are these shorts the perfect length?

    ​Zara Contrast Shorts ($50) in Ecru

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    Pleats, please! And preferably in pink.

    ​RED Valentino Pleated Stretch-Cotton Mini Skirt ($395)

    Do you have any other tricks for looking taller? Do tell in the comments below.

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