5 Flat-Boot Outfits That Won't Make Your Legs Look Short

With just a dash of know-how, some trusty styling tricks, and the right items in play, there are many ways to cheat the system when it comes to looking tall when wearing flat boots. Many petite ladies may feel suddenly shorter when faced with comfy footwear, but we can guarantee there are ways around this style minefield.

Below we've outlined the best tips for wearing flat boots while still appearing tall (or your actual height, of course) via inspiration from the style set. From matching your boots to your bottom half to opting for pointed styles, keep scrolling for instant elongation (not to mention really comfy feet).

1. Match Your Boots to Your Bottoms for an Elongating Effect

Ankle boots have a natural tendency to cut your leg off at an awkward position, thus making you look shorter than you are. Match your boots to your bottoms for a seamless, elongating effect. For example, if you're wearing black boots, pair with dark-wash denim or black tights. You can also opt for boots in a nude tone if you're going bare-legged.


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2. Cheat the System With a Chunky Sole or Platform

You might be wearing flats, but that doesn't mean you can't get a little assistance on the height front by way of some subtle platforms or a chunky sole (we won't tell if you don't). Make like Lucy Williams and pair your lace-ups with some high-waisted skinny jeans (aka the most elongating item you have in your wardrobe).


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3. Pointed Styles Elongate the Legs

If you are on the petite side, pointed boots are definitely more favorable than rounded-toe style, as they draw the eye down the leg.


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4. Combine Flat Boots With Long Skirts and Coats

The shortening effect of flat boots can be balanced out by wearing long-line outfit additions. Pair heavy-duty boots with a midi skirt and ankle-skimming coat just like Katherine Ormerod.


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