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7 Sneaky Fashion Tricks

All black is always chic, but other dark colours are equally slimming. Give deep greens, reds, and blues a try: The monochrome look will create a long vertical line, making your body seem tall and lean. StyleCaster advises keeping the outfit crisp and tailored, and staying away from the lighter end of the colour spectrum.

Cinch it

For loose-fitting blouses, cardigans, and tunics, add a skinny belt. Stay away from anything too thick; a chunky belt will cut your body in half, which will make you look shorter.

Choose your stripes and prints

Vertical stripes (think pinstriped pants and pencil skirts) elongate your figure. To accentuate your waist, kick it up a notch with diagonal stripes, which will give you the length of a vertical stripe plus an added cinching effect. For a simple way to try this look, start with a diagonally striped wrap dress.

Update your outerwear

A coat that hits mid-thigh adds length to your figure. Other features to look for in outerwear are belts or drawstrings that create a cinched waste. A trench coat usually does the trick.

Watch your hemline

Jeans and trousers should hit at the ankle or an inch below. Dark colours with a slightly tapered leg and no pleating are the most flattering. Choose pencil skirts that hit mid-thigh, right above the knee, or right below the knee. Any shorter can make your legs look heavier (unless you’re petite), and any longer can make them appear stubby. Stay away from capris, long or baggy shorts, and shapeless calf-length skirts, advises StyleCaster.

Don’t forget to accessorize

Skin-toned and pointy toed shoes with no ankle straps elongate the line of your leg. For added style, try a pump with a low-cut vamp (meaning that the portion of the shoe that sits across your toes should run as close to your toes as possible). For jewelry, look for pieces with length. Long necklaces and drop earrings will add to your outfit’s vertical effect.

Find your flare

A-line dresses or skirts add the perfect amount of volume to your lower body while also accentuating your waist. The ideal hemline for anything A-line is just above the knee.

Tailor the perfect sleeve

Three-quarter length sleeves are considered the most universally flattering sleeve length, according to WhoWhatWear. For long sleeves, tailor them to hit the wrist.