The Secret To Looking Taller Without Heels

Let’s cut to the chase: it’s all about a high-waisted fit. The reasoning? When your shorts or skirt start higher, it automatically makes your legs look longer. Presto, magic, just like that. Isn’t it lovely when a little style tweak makes such a big difference?

Scroll through now to shop the best high-waisted shorts and skirts on the market.

?Photo courtesy of: Ashley Jahnke

Unless you’re model thin, leather shorts aren’t usually the most flattering, but this pleated version just might be the exception.

?Alexander Wang Pintuck Pleated Leather Shorts ($438)

We don’t mean to be hasty, but these might be our favourite shorts to come out this summer.

?Tibi Blanket Striped Shorts ($285) in Faded Indigo Multi

We’re not usually ones for maxims, but one should always say yes to tassel fringe.

?Reformation Malin Skirt ($148)

A retro-inspired print plus a flattering cut make these short-shorts a no-brainer.

?Tori Praver Boise Shorts ($110) in Superba Rust

You don’t have to wear a miniskirt to get the leg-lengthening effect. This sweet dotted skirt does the trick too.

?A.P.C. Jacquard Jupe Stricte Skirt ($265)

Because, really, who doesn’t want to look like a ‘50s pin-up queen?Amanda Uprichard

?High Waisted Shorts ($118) in Navy Stripe

As far as geometric prints go, this tile print is tops.

?Mango Printed Skater Skirt ($50)

This is how you do athletic-inspired style the right way.

?Maison Kitsuné Mini High-Waist Shorts ($435) in Cream Gold

We’re utterly mesmerised by this geode print.

?3.1 Phillip Lim Geode Metallic Embroidered Skirt ($537, more sizes here)

These floral silk shorts are downright fancy!

?Stella McCartney Floral Shorts ($522)

Is it us or are these shorts the perfect length?

?Zara Contrast Shorts ($50) in Ecru

Pleats, please! And preferably in pink.

?RED Valentino Pleated Stretch-Cotton Mini Skirt ($395)

Do you have any other tricks for looking taller? Do tell in the comments below.