9 Clever Tricks To Make Your Legs Look Longer

Written by Jyotsana Rao

The saying, ‘Big things come in small packages’, is nothing but a pacifier. Being petite has its own advantages, but if given an option, which woman in her right mind won’t opt for those long, shiny, sexy, dusky, slender legs? When it comes to gams, there is no compromising. The bad news is not everyone is blessed with those long slender limbs. However, the good news is that with a few really simple hacks, you could trick anyone into believing that you own those oomphy legs!

Here are nine simple ways that you could use to make your legs look longer:

1. Nude Pumps:

Heels do add some inches, but wearing a nude hue (closest to your skin tone) on your feet makes it difficult to differentiate between where your leg ends and the foot begins. Therefore, you end up looking taller than you really are.

2. Pointed Heels:

High heels are short women’s best friends. But what you really should befriend are pointy-toe pumps. They elongate your feet, and therefore gives an illusion of elongated legs too. Another quick tip – a ‘toe cleavage’ also helps in adding height. It would be a good idea to invest in pointy stilettos with a low cut vamp. Avoid shoes with straps running across your ankles.

3. High Waist:

No prizes for guessing how a high-waist can add some inches to your limbs. Whether you pick pants, a skirt or a pair of shorts, the illusion of a higher waistline will by default give you long gams. You could finish the look by slipping on those nude pumps.

4. Bronzer:

Create an optical illusion by rubbing some bronzer on your legs. Apply generously on your shins. This will create an elongated mirage.

5. Monochrome:

Monochrome should be your style mantra, if you want those long slender looking legs. Wearing a single color draws the eye from top to bottom, making you look tall and thin. You could try using two colors from the same family if you are sporting separates. Darker colors make you look slimmer, so it is always a wiser choice when you go all in with the same color.

6. Wide Legged Pants:

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Wedges and wide legged pants are a great combo. And while you might adore your skinny jeans, it is always a good idea to own wide legged pants to make those legs look sexier than ever.

7. Asymmetrical Hem Lines:

Some love them, some hate them, but this style really plays mind-games when it comes to figuring out where your dress ends and where your legs begin. Asymmetrical hem lines are a must-try if you want to make your legs look super-duper long.

[Read: How To Hem Pants Properly]

8. Avoid Horizontal Lines:

Horizontal lines are known to make you look wide. And if you want to look long, you should definitely avoid sporting horizontal lines. They cut your body, and make your legs look shorter and wider. No one likes the chub!

9. Opt For Vertical Lines:

Whether you pick printed lines or pleats or pinstripes, vertical lines, contrary to the horizontal lines, make you look slender and slim. Just make sure you don’t overdo with the stripes, and it’s best to avoid them if you are already tall. But it could also look chic and classy if you sport just the right mix of length and stripes. My best pick for any occasion would be a striped knee-length skirt.

At the long and short of it, have fun and stay sexy!

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Jyotsana Rao is an engineering graduate from NIT, Nagpur, who discovered her love for writing during her undergraduate days. She is passionate about writing about everything related to beauty - makeup, fashion, hairstyles, skin care, or hair care. When this social media junkie isn't stalking the world of fashion and glamour, she loves spending her time traveling.