How to Look 3 Inches Taller—And Skinnier, Too

So it’s been a few months… How’s your New Year’s resolution diet going? If you didn’t manage to lose those five pounds, then how about trying to gain three inches instead? Gaining is always easier than losing, and it’ll make you look thinner, to boot. (Don’t believe it? Think about how 130 pounds looks on a 5’4” frame versus one that’s 5’7”.) Here are five tips to look taller and leaner.

Clinton Kelly Tips to Look Taller and Thinner

Wear Heels

Didn’t see that one coming, did you? It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but before you break out those plastic platforms, consider this: A shoe in the same color as what’s directly above it will subtly add height without looking like you’ve just strapped on stripper heels. That could be black pumps or booties over black tights (or under long black pants) or a nude heel on bare legs. If stillettos scare you, look for a chunky heel or wedge for more stability.

Lift Your Waist

On most women, the narrowest part of their torso isn’t necessarily at their bellybutton, it’s a few inches higher. Drawing attention to your midsection at a higher point—through a high-waisted skirt or trousers or an empire-waist dress—will make your legs look longer, so you look taller—and skinnier, too!

Go Monochrome

I’m not telling you to go Goth, but if you wear similar colors on the top and on the bottom, they’ll start to blend together into one long, lean line. Darker colors will minimize you most: navy, charcoal, maroon or a hunter green are all good options if you’re not into black.

Lengthen Your Neckline

There’s a reason why women emulate Audrey Hepburn’s oxford shirt: A deep V and popped collar that skims your chin lengthens your neck and (no surprise) elongates the look of your torso. If you’re not the type to unbutton all the way down your breastbone, consider layering a turtleneck under a button front shirt—retro chic!

Stand Up Straight

Your mama was right when she told you to stop slouching—slumped shoulders make you look shorter and heavier. Pull your shoulders back and down, and imagine a string pulling you up from the top of your skull. Practice in front of a mirror so you get used to how it feels. If you’re a serial sloucher (hard not to be if you’re leaning over a keyboard or hoisting kids all day), set a timer on your phone to remind you every 30 minutes or so—after a couple days it’ll feel so natural you won’t need it any more.

P.S. Click here for more tips on dressing slimmer and trimmer.

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