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How To Visually Lengthen Your Legs
For those are you that are lucky enough to be graced with long legs (hello Greetje) you don’t need any tricks or tips. Some of us vertically challenged people need all the help we can get. At 5’4″ I always looks better when wearing heels but the older I get the less my body tolerates heels for long periods of time.
With age comes wisdom and I now classify my shoes into five minute, thirty minute, three hours and all day wear.
The five minute shoes are AKA bedroom shoes. They aren’t good for anything other than taking photos or looking pretty while sitting or laying down. Why do you need to wear shoes when you’re laying down? I’ll never tell.
The thirty minute shoes are perfect from the car to the restaurant and back. If there is a long walk from the car to the restaurant I need to take an extra pair of shoes and have my shoe sherpa carry them for me.
The three hour shoes are quite comfy but after three hours they start to give me a headache. This is because there isn’t enough padding in the ball of the foot. As we grow older all of the cushy fat from our feet migrates upwards and plants itself firmly at our waists and hips making pants ill fitting and wearing heels agony. Imagine how much better it would be if the fat just did what gravity intended and vacated south to our feet instead clinging onto our waists and hips.
We would have tiny waists and be walking on pillows!
Instead of shrinking in height we’d grow taller with the extra fat on the bottom of our feet.
If only I were in charge!
Back to life…back to reality…
All day shoes are a rare breed and normally consist of a mere handful from my oversized collection.
Runners don’t count. I wear runners every day in my house for plantar fasciitis, yet another sexy side effect of age.
#1 Tip How To Visually Lengthen Your Legs – Flesh Toned Shoes
I scored these flesh toned low heel booties thrifting a while back and knew they would have an elongating effect without the pain of a higher heel.
Not only do the boots blend into my legs but the heels are transparent…so it looks like I’m floating.
These could be called the magic disappearing booties.
#2 Tip How To Visually Lengthen Your Legs – High Waisted Belt
I’ve added a high waisted belt which creates the illusion of longer legs.
It’s an easy trick I use all the time. It is also ideal for women with a curvy hourglass shape to define the waist.
Of course if you have muscular man-legs like me anything flat is only going to accentuate your massive
calves cows. It’s only taken me fifty-two years to accept that fact.
#3 Tip How To Visually Lengthen Your Legs For Photos
Okay, this doesn’t really work in real life but we can totally fake longer legs in photos.
Position one leg in front of the other slightly, make sure to put your weight on the back leg, and then point the toes of the front leg.
Pointed toes will visually lengthen your body. That is why ballerinas are pointing everything all the time, hands, feet, arms, legs. Heck, they’d point their heads if they could. They want to look as long and lean as possible.
The toe pointing tip works brilliantly when you are seated.
The photo below shows me sitting with my weight to one side while stretching my legs and pointing my toes which is even easier when wearing pointy toed pumps. That is why any shoe that has a pointy toe will elongate your body.
As a shortie I can use all the help I can get when taking photos for my blog or the Etsy store.
This 1970s crocheted top was a recent thrift find.
I thought it wouldn’t fit me and would be heading to the Etsy store right away. Uh…nope. That is the problem with trying on inventory, sometimes it is too good to pass on. It all balanced out when some other items I was sure I’d keep turned out to be destined for the store. I can hear my closet breathing a massive sigh of relief.
Do you use any of these leg lengthening tips? Do you have any of your own you’d like to share?
I’ve been a fan of jumpsuits for some years now even if they aren’t bathroom friendly.
Here are some of my jumpsuits of the past…
I did style it like this though…
Jumpsuits can be elongating on the vertically challenged when worn with heels.
If you’re petite and not keen on wearing heels be prepared to visually lose a few inches.
Tale Of Two Jumpsuits
I thrifted both of these jumpsuits in the past six months.
Funny how I chose to wear leopard with both of them.
Jumpsuit #1 Khaki Green
The green was the first one I thrifted and I was pretty pumped about finding it.
I was on a mission to find a jumpsuit for my Mom but then found this one for myself. Funny how that happens!
The chest pockets and adjustable side tabs are great design details.
Olive green works well with my hair.
Khaki green is a brilliant neutral, often overlooked.
The soft silky material is machine washable.
Jumpsuits seem to be a bit challenging to find the perfect fit. This is just a titch short-waisted for me.
I’m not keen on the camel toe which thankfully doesn’t make an appearance here. That is when a good pair of Spanx comes in handy ladies!
The jumpsuit alone was a bit too vanilla for my tastes so I added my DIY embellished jean jacket.
Moving onto to jumpsuit #2 in the tale of two jumpsuits.
Jumpsuit #2 Silk Denim
Apparently they call these a boilersuit in the US. In Canada we might call them coveralls. They remind me of what car mechanics wear and have been trending for a while now.
This jumpsuit is partially made out of silk.
The brand is Base Range a company from Denmark that is creating environmentally friendly clothing.
The denim is very soft but sturdy.
Very comfortable and extra long in the waist.
I was able to feel and see the quality of the garment immediately. It was nice to see that some companies are still able to make quality.
It has a drop crotch.
The shape is oversized, baggy.
And here we see it without the crotch hitched up.
The drop crotch visually cut five inches off my legs.
Drop crotches are not for me.
This jumpsuit was so comfortable I felt that any moment I might just casually lay down, curl up on my side and start making soft pug snoring sounds.
If I were three inches taller and 20 lbs thinner I don’t think the cons would be an issue but isn’t that what I say for about 90% of what I put on?
Not good enough.
Anything taking up valuable real estate in my closet needs to make me feel like Charlize Theron on a very good day.
It was interesting that I didn’t realize how ill fitting this looked until I saw the photos. Initially I was 100% sure I’d keep the denim jumpsuit. It was so comfy and I felt like “the cool girl”. As soon as I saw the photos I changed my mind. Sloppy auto mechanic isn’t high on my list of looks I’m trying to recreate.
I could have tried styling this with the front open and a tee or shirt underneath and rolled up the cuffs with some funky low heel boots like Docs. That might have worked. I get turned off by a piece of clothing if it takes too much effort to make it work though. This is a pass.
I’ll be keeping the green jumpsuit for a while.
How do you feel about jumpsuits? Do you think I made the right choice?
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians! Bring on the pumpkin pie!