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
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)
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
We’re not usually ones for maxims, but one should always say yes to tassel fringe.
Reformation Malin Skirt ($148)
A retro-inspired print plus a flattering cut make these short-shorts a no-brainer.
Tori Praver Boise Shorts ($110) in Superba Rust
We love the hand-painted feel of these leopard shorts.
Equipment Lewis Leopard-Print Washed-Silk Shorts ($180)
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)
Because, really, who doesn’t want to look like a ‘50s pin-up queen?Amanda Uprichard
High Waisted Shorts ($118) in Navy Stripe
As far as geometric prints go, this tile print is tops.
Mango Printed Skater Skirt ($50)
This is how you do athletic-inspired style the right way.
Maison Kitsuné Mini High-Waist Shorts ($435) in Cream Gold
These floral silk shorts are downright fancy!
Stella McCartney Floral Shorts ($522)
Is it us or are these shorts the perfect length?
Zara Contrast Shorts ($50) in Ecru
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.