I'm 5'3"—Here's How I Look Taller in Flat Shoes

When it comes to accessories, I tend to go through add-on phases. Right now, I'm really into hair accessories—be it hairbands, scarves or clips. A few months ago, it was handbags I found myself buying en masse. However, there's one extra to which I'm forever devout; shoes

Trainers, heels, winter boots—I never met a shoe style I didn't like. But, standing at 5ft 3", I've long found flats the trickiest to pull off. 

To say I struggle to find flat shoes that don’t make my legs look like that of a dachshund (I should know—I have two) is no overstatement, which is why I always relied on a small heel to give me a subtle prop. However, with so many gorgeous flat shoes on offer this season, I made it my mission to discover how to look taller in flats.

Keep scrolling to see the pairs plus the all-important styling tricks best-suited to those of us looking to give the appearance of extra inches in the height department. 

Style Notes: When it comes to selecting a trouser style, ensure the length shoes off a subtle flash of ankle. You might not think it but separating the leg into segments—shoe, bare ankle, trouser—makes them appear longer thanks to the several segments. As for your shoes, pairs with a v-front will also help lengthen your pins. 

Style Notes: Don't shy away from straps; simply pair them with a shorter hemline to ensure your pins look longer. A high neckline also give the appearance of extra inches as it elongates your torso, mimicking the effect created by a shorter skirt. 

Style Notes: Adding more volume to the top-half of your body always makes your legs appear leaner, which in turn also makes them look longer. Style a chunky knit with straight-leg jeans and chunky brogues for the perfect off-duty ensemble. 

Style Notes: When it comes to skirts and dresses, look for silhouettes that boast a front or side split as they help frame the leg. 

Style Notes: The easiest way to look taller us by wearing vertical stripes—this pinstripe trousers and red flat loafers combination will serve your workwear wardrobe well. 

Style Notes: If your idea of a successful Christmas party involves hours spent on the dance-floor, flats are your go-to. To look taller sans heels, wear the same hue from top-to-toe. 

If you love flats as much as we do, then feast your eyes on these party-ready pairs...