When you are on the shorter side, flats can be extremely intimidating. Personally, even though I am confident and comfortable with my 5’3″ height, I will consistently choose to wear something with heels over a pair of flats because a few extra inches couldn’t hurt me. However, over the years, I have learned that when you do choose to wear flats, there are ways to appear taller than you actually are (trust me on this one).
Being aware of little details like color, cut, strap placement, and hemlines makes all the difference on a shorter frame, allowing you to look and walk taller. The hope is that by relaying these tips to you, you will be able to feel just as confident wearing a pair of flats as you do in a pair of heels.
Keep reading for our must-know tips on how to wear flats when you’re on the shorter side!
This post has been updated since its publish date.
Wearing flats with long pants does nothing but drown a shorter frame. Cropped pants will create more space between your shoes and the bottom of your hem, making legs appear longer than they actually are.
Nude-colored flats create a seamless transition from your leg to your foot, which, in a way, masks the real length of your leg. Think of it as an optical illusion of sorts.
A miniskirt or minidress is a great counterpart to flats for anyone, but especially shorter girls. Since the main complaint with flats is that they don’t elongate your legs, when choosing to wear them, it’s smart to pick shorter hemlines to show off the leg length you do have as much as possible.
Flats with a pointed toe, even in darker colors, also create a streamlined silhouette for your legs, instantly lengthening them.
Thick straps around your ankles cut off the line of your legs, making them appear much shorter. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear flats with straps, though; just make sure that when you do, they are dainty and flattering, as opposed to bulky.