If you’re on a New Year health kick but finding it virtually impossible to wait for the results to finally show, we have good news for you – and it entails a bit of retail therapy and a whole lot of the “fake it till you make it” mindset. Dressing from the feet up may not be the most natural of sartorial instincts, but you’ll soon discover that a whole host of shoes can instantly make you look a couple of pounds lighter and a few centimeters taller, providing a rather stylish shortcut to the #bodygoals you’ve been working so hard to achieve. Find five tips in Savoir Flair’s guide to get you started, then shop our picks for the optimal optical illusion in the edit below.
Opt for a low-cut vamp and a pointed toe.
In shoe terminology, ‘vamp’ basically means cleavage and, the lower the vamp is, the longer your legs will appear. A higher vamp can visually shave centimeters off the length of your legs. A slim high heel with a pointed toe is also a surefire way to make your legs appear more delicate.
Create an optical illusion.
Opt for nude shoes that match your skin tone to create the illusion of endless pins. Shades lighter or darker than your skin will ruin the effect, so make sure to hunt down the perfect pair.
Keep your ankles clear.
Avoid ankle straps, buckles, and ties or boots that visually cut the leg off at an unflattering point as these are guaranteed to make your legs appear shorter and bulkier. Slingback and backless shoes or mules are all visually flattering. Wear with cropped jeans or above-the-ankle hemlines for thinner- and longer-looking legs.
Experiment with proportions.
If you struggle with heavier calves, opt for a chunky heel to draw attention away from your problem area. “Flatform” shoes with a heavy sole are a great way to play with proportions to make your legs appear slimmer and more delicate.
Look to the 70s.
The 70s trend is perfect for creating the appearance of a leaner, longer silhouette. Pair extra-long, flared pants with towering platform shoes to create this look. For the best effect, your pants should cover your shoes completely.
One thing to note though is not to go overboard – towering heels with platforms will make you appear wobbly, unbalanced, and uncomfortable and can ruin whatever look you’re going for.