Calling All Petite Girls: This Filipino Fashion Blogger Shows You How to Elongate Your Legs

 

Standing at just barely five feet tall, I have always been envious of friends who were blessed with long legs. In some pictures, one of my tall friends and I even look like mother and child. It’s tragic, really. But the real struggle comes when I go into pretty much any clothing store and nothing seems to fit the way they do on girls that are average height.

Jus recently though, I was looking through the fashion website lookbook.nu, and came across Filipino fashion blogger Kryz Uy. Not only does she have a cool, edgy style, she’s also only 5-feet-2-inches, and manages to look both stunning and tall at the same time. That pretty much makes her my hero.

Uy has graciously shared with petite fans on her blog, Thirstythoughttips on how to achieve the illusion of having longer legs for those of us who, unfortunately, do not.

Here are 10 of her genius tips:

 

1. Pointers out. Pointy shoes can elongate your leg, especially when they match your skin color.

 

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2. Waist Line Wonders. High waisted anything will give the visual illusion that your legs start higher than really do.

 

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3. Lines Lines Lines. Just as horizontal stripes make you look wider, vertical ones will make you look longer and leaner.

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4. Nude it up. Wear shoes that match the color of your skin to give the illusion of an extended leg.

 

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5. Monochromatic. Wear a single color to lengthen your silhouette without any breaks.

 

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6. No to breaks. Similarly, anything that breaks the vertical line of the body will visually shorten. Try going sans ankle strap to keep the line going.

 

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7. Hey shortie. The higher the hem, the more skin exposure, the longer your legs will look.

 

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8. Geometry. Play with asymmetric cuts or geometric patterns that elongate.

 

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9. Maximum length. Don’t be afraid of skirts and pants that are too long. They are the perfect place to hide high heels, making you look naturally longer.

 

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10. Posture. Stand tall, shoulders back and walk with confidence. The less you slouch your back and hang your head, the longer your entire silhouette will seem.

 

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Get This Look: Spring Skirts & Dresses For Short Girls

As a petite woman myself, I can empathize with all the other short girls out there who often find themselves having a difficult time with clothes.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed out of an outfit because I felt like it shrunk me and don’t get me started on maxi dresses. I’m still hopelessly searching for one that doesn’t sink to the ground.

Thankfully, there are some petite girls who have mastered the art of choosing clothes that compliment a small frame. Luckily for us, some of these girls don’t mind sharing their knowledge.

One of our favorite fashion bloggers, Jean, is the author of Extra Petite. Just under 5 feet, Jean can relate to the various short girl struggles and has found many ways to counter them. Her blog is described as “a fashion blog that provides styling ideas and shopping information with a focus on professional attire. This blog also aims to share suggestions and solutions for those who may be shorter than the average woman, yet still want to look stylish and feel confident.”

Now that spring is here and the sun is making its way out, we’re itching to wear skirts and dresses. So which ones match our frame? Check out these spring looks from Extra Petite.

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EXTRA PETITE: Short Girls Unite With This Must-See Fashion Blog

Television tricked me. When I was a little girl, I would watch all the 6-feet-tall television actors live out their character’s high school days (even though the actors were probably well into their mid-twenties) and I would dream about the day that I would sprout to be that tall.

So when I stopped at 5’2″, I felt cheated. I hated being used as another person’s armrest and I stared daggers at anyone who asked how the weather was “down there.” Most importantly, I hated the feeling that clothes wouldn’t look as good on me because of my small figure.

Luckily, I grew up and learned a few things. Aside from the perks of tip-toe kisses, being called “cute” and getting away with a child’s ticket at the movies, I quickly learned that I could choose clothes that both fit and flatter my “fun-size” frame.

Lucky for all of us, girls like Jean have mastered this art and can help us along the way. Just under 5 feet, Jean is the author of the adorable fashion blog, Extra Petite. The blog describes itself as “a fashion blog that provides styling ideas and shopping information with a focus on professional attire. This blog also aims to share suggestions and solutions for those who may be shorter than the average woman, yet still want to look stylish and feel confident.”

You can’t help but look through the blog and want all of her clothes– especially after knowing that it can actually work with your height.

Check out some of her recent looks below and don’t forget to view her blog here.

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