You can look taller!

If you are blessed with the right height it is good for you. But many people cannot boast they are as tall as they would like. In some cases it is just a psychological problem that a person considers himself as too short.

If it is not your case there are some techniques that can help you look taller visually instead of really becoming taller, that is possible either though rather complicated.

There are just a few things you should keep in mind when you wish to look taller.


Good posture provides many physical and psychological benefits. It is an important component for back health and height increase.

Young Woman

Good posture helps maximize your height not just because of the obvious reason that you are sitting and standing tall rather than slouching and slumping, but for other structural and physiological reasons as well.

You can correct posture by ensuring that you always sit with your back against a chair’s support and being conscious of the fact that you will need to keep a correct posture at all times.

Good standing posture is achieved by leaning against a wall. Keep your head, shoulder blades, buttocks and heels in contact with the wall.

At the same time, use your muscles to pull back your neck, waist and knees to minimize the space between your body and the wall.

There should be only slight gaps. This practice can help you straighten up and give the impression that you look taller than you actually are.


By cleverly organizing the visual elements of clothes, their design, your hairstyle and even accessories you can change the way your body is perceived to the better and make yourself look taller.

Hair style

Wear your hair in the way it makes you appear taller. A hair style for you should be thin at the sides and higher up at the top, which can make you look as much as an inch taller. Do not have any wide hair style.Using a Hair Straightener may allow you to create volume at the top and smooth defined hair.


Beware of clothes with horizontal lines. Belts are horizontal, so make sure you remove them from your wardrobe.

Horizontal lines dress

Avoid clothes with a tartan or checked pattern. Instead to look tall, wear clothes with vertical lines or striping.

Pick vertical detailing:

  • thin stripes,
  • visible seams,
  • interesting buttons,
  • contrasting ties.

Vertical lines or stripping make a person appear thinner, and when you are thin you look taller.

grey dress

Avoid wearing baggy clothes. Baggy clothes can look embarrassing on most people, but even more so on short people. It seems to accentuate the lack of height.

Select pieces that won’t break up your body into blocks. For instance, choose a long lean dress, or no-waist pants and skirts. However, clothes you choose shouldn’t be too tight as they can emphasize you are short, because it will expose the frame of the body.

Also beware of garments that are made from heavy and bulky fabric. They add width and hence shorten the image visually.

Wear cuff less pants to make the legs look longer.


Select a monochromatic palette when choosing clothes. One color family from head to toe tricks the eye and brain into thinking “long and lean.”

Color Palette

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However, don’t make the mistake of going for all long pieces. Go for contrasting proportions. Mix a longer jacket with a shorter skirt, shorter jacket with pants, etc.


Wear platform or heels as they will certainly make you feel and look taller. High stilettos are perfect but not all of us can wear them.

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The square heels and stacked slides are more comfortable than stilettos ever were, so take advantage.

Don’t wear high platform shoes or too high stilettos if you are short. It is not comfortable and looks ridiculousy.

And don’t forget about long necklaces or pendants, but avoid chokers.

Your earrings should be long either. However, if long earrings do not flatter your face shape you are free to choose something different.

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All these tips are good and they really work but there is one thing that is much more important – your vision of yourself! If you are confident and keep smiling, no one will ever notice you are short!

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    I am very tall and I have problems with my height

  • Being short i can take some of these hints on board.Before i used to always shop in the junior section has my height is only 4’9.Then there was a new shop opened up in town and it was for the shorter adults.This is both woman and guys.So i dont have to go to the kids shop anymore.The good thing is that the clothes are fairly cheap and the shop owner says she can do so because not much material is being used for them.I spoke to a guy and he was 5’2 he walked in and out just like that he was able to pick up a suit and it didnt even need altering.The guy was so chuffed.

  • I see that these tips are mainly for woman what about the shorter guys we still have problems has well.I feel that the clothes shops dont really help us much.

  • If only i could take these tips on board i would love to.I am 18 and rather a short person my height is 4’7 i have never managed to buy adult clothes.My mum usually alters tham for me when i buy something nice.My shoe size is a size 2 and i really have to look hard for a pair.I have on occassions bought a pair that are 2 sizes bigger and stuffed tissue in them so they fit and they have 3 inches on them.The most annoying thing is looking so young alot of the younger children come up to me and dont notice straight away.I like to go shopping with my mum has she reaches for the higher items for me.We tend to spend most of the time in the juniors section and i get strange looks.A girl caught me checking my height at the height chart and burst out laughing at me.The age i came up to was 10 years old.She thought she was funny and measured herself at age 14 and she was 3 ins taller than me.There should be shops for really short woman and guys i mean it cant be that hard has we wouldnt need has much material has a taller person.Come On and help us out.

  • I am a short guy just like my dad,i am 21 years old, when we go out we look like twins not father and son.We are both both 4’10 tall not gracing the 5’0 mark.My mum is 5’4 and my younger sister is 5’6.While growing up i had to endure other family members saying how Justine who is a year younger than me catching me up in height.I used to get quite sad has i was already shorter than alot of my friends and when i was 15 i was only 4’7.I topped out at 4’10 when i was 17 and never managed another inch after that.While i didnt mind being dad’s height i didnt like the fact that Justine was getting taller every year from age 12.To me she seemed like there was no stopping her.I was about 16 when she grew taller i thought it was massive but she was about 3 ins taller then.Justine finished growing at 17 years old that is when she topped out at 5’6 even outgrowing mum.She never seemed sensitive to me when i was called names and sometimes joined in with her school friends.I didnt mind the tallness of her but she seemed to get stronger i remember not matching her in strength when we had an arm wrestling match she just pushed it down easily.
    I tend to go clothes shopping with dad has we find it easier.My dad only likes looking in the adult section whereas i dont mind so much in the junior section.I can get a pair of pants aged 15 and they fit.My dad would rather get a pair of trousers short legged and still have 3/4 inches cut off.We do need to have more tips and guides for short guys that there isnt nothing out there for us.I mean we arent midgets just short guys.Please help us…..

  • I can understand these tips are pretty good for someone around the 5’2 mark.Some of us havent reached that height like take me i am 18 and a little over 4’9 i tend to say 4’10 to round it up.I cant always buy adult clothes has the length is too long and it makes the pants look funny when altered.I look around the junior section and find some good deals and they are cheaper.When i measure myself in the shop to she what age clothes i usually come up with aged 10/11.My size feet are quite small has well and i find the sizes always run out in the childrens shoes.I have to buy a size 1/2 and it always seems popular.I remember hunting for a pair of shoes and there was a lady looking for her daughters shoe size i found the pair i was after and then found out it was the last one.The other lady asked if there was anymore and she was told no that i had them.The lady looked abit stern and said OH WHAT THAT SHORT GIRL.I turned around and the mother and daughter just laughed.The mother was quite rude saying to her daughter WELL LEAST YOU WONT BE THAT SHORT LOVE.
    I just rushed out of the shop and went home all upset.I told my mum who explainned that i will encounter lots of rude people and they only do so because they are the ones jealous not me.So that helps.

  • i’m 15 and just five feet. poeple say its cute to be petit and i guess it is but buying pants is impossible. i figure i have a 28 inch leg line and there just isn’t pants that short. if i lose ten punds i might fit the 12′s at old navy kids but still, they’d probably be too long and who wants pink stiching and flowers on thier jeans

  • I had my baby siser say to me “too bad your short, you could have been a model” Too many people thru out my life have come up and said.
    What the hell does that mean? Even if I was tall does not mean I would become a model. It make me feel like my life must not even be worth anything if I am not tall enough to be a model!
    Our society sucks donkey ball!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. this web site can kiss my ass, I will wear what I want!!!

  • I’ve received many comments about my height (4’9), including being called a ‘Member of the Lollipop Guild.’ I never resented it, as I was deeply involved in sports wherein petiteness is considered an asset–I made pocketmoney as a teenager training naughty ponies that were too small for a regular height adult to ride, as well as being very active in gymnastics. I ended up marrying a man who is my ‘better 3/4ths’ at 6’6–the we never think about the huge gap in our heights unless a photographer is taking our picture–makes it tricky! People will love you no matter what height you are and will always be cruel about something in a person.

  • why r us short people judged r we not all equal?

  • Thanks for your tips.Many friends said me look more lower than really i am