We’re big proponents of embracing your body type, but we get that sometimes a slight tweak in your selected wardrobe options can ultimately determine how flattering an outfit does (or does not) look. Specifically in the context of today’s story—long legs—knowing which shoes to slip into and avoid is a quick fix that any petite lady can benefit from as well (author included!).
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to visually appear like you have longer legs (view our complete list of gam tips here). However, today we’re specifically focusing on shoes because we just launched our Who What Wear holiday shoe collection.
Scroll down to read which shoes are great for elongating your legs, and if you have any others you like to wear too, leave them in the comments!
Ankle Boots Under Pants
This combination proves especially helpful during winter's frigid months when bare ankles are out of the question. Rather than tucking your jeans into ankle boots, choose a slightly cropped pair with a kick at the bottom for an elongating look.
It's a general rule of thumb that if you're on the shorter side, ankle straps are a no-no because they cut off your legs. However, a stylish alternative is a pair of heels with crisscross straps in the front, due to the diagonal lines drawing the eye downward.
Similar to a pair of nude pumps, mules are effective at lengthening your legs because they blend in with your skin. Try a pointed pair to really amp things up.
No Ankle Straps
If you're petite, you probably already know that ankle straps aren't the route to go if your end goal is looking taller. Visually, it chops off the lower part of your leg, which tends to be less flattering. Try a pair of pumps, like Leaf Greener's above, instead.
Any shoes—flats or heels—with pointed toes extend your legs. Right now we're loving the backless pointed-toe loafers.