There is much we have to learn from Victoria Beckham: Her Little Black Dress collection proves just why this investment should never be overlooked, she's flying the flag for this season's corset trend already and there's even the fact that high-heel fanatics the world over have sidestepped skyscrapers thanks to VB giving the green light to sneakers (in public, no less). Talking of which, this flat-shoe 180 may be in part due to a clever outfit trick we've noticed the designer doing.
By wearing separates (usually a skirt and top) but choosing them in a matching fabric or one exact colourway, you can instantly look taller. So while you think it may only be a super-skimming dress or long trousers worn with stacked heels that can do some clever body-extending trickery, this actually works like a dream—even with some pretty tricky proportions like dropped waists or prints like horizontal stripes. It's so effective that we've noticed the star barely wears any other combination right now.
Go through the gallery to see Victoria's styling moves in action, and then shop for some matching pieces to be a few inches taller tomorrow.
Style Notes: How to make a slouchy masculine suit still give you the height you need? The heels, of course, make VB's legs longer, but it's the fact that the trousers sit low too that make her body look elongated.
Style Notes: Head-to-toe tartan and asymmetric lines are no easy feats, but the doubling up of prints and VB's fitted bodice draw the eye up and down the body nicely.
Style Notes: See how even the black bag strap doesn't break up the long lines of Victoria's tank-and-flares combination? Very clever.
Style Notes: Even with roll-neck and short-sleeve cut of this top (a silhouette known for being tricky), VB still looks elongated, thanks to the expanse of the same black fabric.
Style Notes: With swathes of fabric and a dropped waist, this look could be hard to pull off, but the match-up and a flash of ankle solve all potential problems.
Style Notes: This double-stripe marriage could work just as well in the summer with bare legs and some super-flattering V-neck shoes.
Don't let a bold colour put you off. You can look just as tall in orange.
Even prints can work with this lengthening hack.
We love this print from Finery.