How to Wear Flats When You’re Vertically Challenged

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Cropped trousers and flats street style via Collage Vintage
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More often than not, trends are first discovered during Fashion Week, where they’re worn by the tall, Amazonian women who walk the runways. The fact of the matter is, however, that most of us are just a fraction of their height, and what may look so good on them doesn’t work quite as well for the vertically challenged. One of the solutions to this problem is a pair of towering heels, but that has its own consequences in the form of painful foot and back injuries. Flats are, by far, the most comfortable footwear option, but how do you make them work if you’re on the shorter end of the height spectrum?

Thankfully, here are a few tricks you could try to make yourself look taller even in flats.

1

Opt for Cropped

Cropped trousers, walking shorts, and mini skirts are excellent choices for balancing the proportions of your look if you’re short and wearing flats. Showing your ankles is key. In order to maximize the illusion of height, we also suggest choosing pointed-toe flats in a dark color.

Cropped trousers and flats
Photo: Courtesy of Collage Vintage
2

Get Vertical

The easiest way to add inches to your height is to wear vertical stripes. This rule is especially relevant for petite women who love wearing flats, as the vertical stripes help draw the eye in a linear way down the lines of the body, creating the appearance of added length.

Vertical striped dress via The Pink Peonies
Photo: Courtesy of The Pink Peonies
3

Just Fake It

High-waisted, extra-long trousers and skirts are the simplest and best solution for appearing taller when you’re wearing flats. Not only does the higher waist create the illusion of longer legs, but the exaggerated length also covers up footwear entirely, which means the observer cannot discern heel height.

Long maxi skirt and leather jacket street style via Stockholm Street Style
Photo: Courtesy of Stockholm Street Style
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