Fake Longer Legs With These 11 Style Tricks – M & S
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Fake Longer Legs With These 11 Style Tricks


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.
Available in sizes 35 to 42.
Available in sizes 8 to 11.
Trick 2: Bring your waistline up. High-waisted skirts, pants, or shorts will create the illusion that your legs start at a higher point.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
Available in sizes 24 to 32.
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.
Available in sizes 6 to 12.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Trick 4: Opt for pants with vertical lines. Vertical lines orient the eye to look up and down, which has a lengthening effect.
Available in sizes XXS to M.
Available in sizes 14W to 26W.
Trick 5: Ditch the ankle strap. Ankle straps visually bisect the legs. Opt for standard or low-cut pumps instead.
Available in sizes 36 to 41.
Available in sizes 36 to 41.
Trick 6: Longer hems are your friend. Especially when worn with heels, a floor-grazing hem makes your legs look incredibly long.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes XS to L.
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.
Available in sizes 35 to 39.5.
Available in sizes 36 to 40.
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.
Available in sizes 36 to 48.
Available in sizes 14 to 26.
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.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Trick 11: Asymmetrical hems work in your favor. Your legs will look as long as the shortest point on an asymmetrical top or dress.
Available in sizes 18 to 26.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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