Whether you were genetically blessed in the gams department or not, most of us wouldn’t mind creating the illusion of even longer legs. And it turns out that there are some easy tricks fashion girls follow for achieving this. While finding flattering angles using some easy photo tips often works, there are also some fashion choices you can make to pull this off.
We’ve scoured the street style scene to figure out how fashion girls are faking long legs with their clothing and accessory choices. From nude heels and high-waisted trousers to vertical stripes and monochrome colors, we’ve picked up on some of their insider secrets. Click through to check out our tips to fake some serious stems, just in time for the height of leg-baring season.
Trick 1: Wear a nude shoe.
Shoes that match your skin tone will visually extend the leg.
Trick 2: Bring your waistline up.
High-waisted skirts, pants, or shorts will create the illusion that your legs start at a higher point.
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.
Trick 4: Opt for pants with vertical lines.
Vertical lines orient the eye to look up and down, which has a lengthening effect.
Trick 5: Ditch the ankle strap.
Ankle straps visually bisect the legs. Opt for standard or low-cut pumps instead.
Trick 6: Longer hems are your friend.
Especially when worn with heels, a floor-grazing hem makes your legs look incredibly long.
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.
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.
Trick 9: Shorter is better.
If you’re comfortable showing off your legs, a higher hemline (within reason!) will make your gams look longer.
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.
Trick 11: Asymmetrical hems work in your favor.
Your legs will look as long as the shortest point on an asymmetrical top or dress.
This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.
Kat Collings has over 15 years of experience in the editorial fashion space, largely in digital publishing. She currently leads the vision for editorial content at WhoWhatWear.com as the site's editor in chief, having risen through the editorial ranks after joining the company in 2012. Collings is a Digiday Future Leader Awards nominee, was named Buzzfeed's best fashion Instagram accounts of the year, and is a member of the CFDA Awards Fashion Guild. Prior to Who What Wear, Collings worked on styling projects for brands such as Vogue, Teen Vogue, Lucky, and Oliver Peoples. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in communications and calls Los Angeles home.