March 10, 2014

How To Make Your Legs Look Longer While Wearing Flats – Part 2

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In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the key wardrobe pieces for leg lengthening, and did a little fashion math involving sneakers.  Today I want to focus on the leg-lengthening miracle flat: the nude ballet.

The Key Pieces

(For full explanation, description, and links to all of the products below, see Part 1.)

Longlegs

 

Try This:

Any shoe that lets the eye travel down the foot unencumbered will give the appearance of length. Ballet flats are perfect.  Nude ballet flats?  Even better.    

 

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wearing:

necklace:  Macramania necklace (first worn here – remember?)

tee: Lands' End

jeans: MiH Nouvelle High Rise Straight Leg Denim  (also loving this wash from Citizen's)

flats: Ballerina Pink Tieks

 

Try This:

To up the leg-lengthening ante a notch, try some high-waist flares and/or a peplum top.  Not all peplums are created equal, but ones that flare a bit higher than your waist will make your legs look miles long.

For flats, the pants I'm wearing below should be hemmed a tiiiiny bit more. You want the hem *just* off the floor in the back. 

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wearing:

top: Anthro (old)….here's a fabulous daytime peplum (on sale for $20)….or this cute printed one (on sale for $40)

jeans: Mother Denim (old)…try MiH's Marrakesh Flare Denim it's drool-worthy)

flatsBallerina Pink Tieks

 

 

Try This:

Lots of leg and nude ballet flats? It's the like the exact opposite of bad capris. 

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wearing:

top: as mentioned above, try this daytime peplum (on sale for $20)….or this cute printed one (on sale for $40)

shorts: My mom's from college!  But I'm seriously considering these longer ones from Madewell…

flatsBallerina Pink Tieks

 

 

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wearing:

Same as above, except for the faux-leather shorts. I like their new coated-denim version.

 

Try This:

Trapeze dresses completely obscure the waist which, in this case, is a good thing.  I mean….my legs could start at my neck, you wouldn't know!

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One trick to making sure your trapeze dress flatters rather than overwhelms (which can happen easily – especially if you are petite)….is to show some skin.  Keep the hemline short, show off your shoulders or flaunt 'the girls'.  

 

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wearing:

necklace:  Macramania necklace (first worn here - remember?)

dress: Clu (old)…similar at Piperlime, Victoria's Secret, or a petite version at ASOS

bag: free Sephora makeup clutch…but I want to upgrade to this one (Etsy)

flatsBallerina Pink Tieks

 

One Final Note:

Find ballet flats that flatter your skin tone.  Because I'm so pink-skinned, I had more luck with Tiek's Ballerina Pink flat, rather than the traditional nude.  Olive skinned?  Try camel.  Keep looking until you find the perfect color.  Try them on with lots of bare leg – you'll know the perfect shade when you see it. 

(The final article – Part 3 – is coming later this week.)

xo,

S

7 Comments
  • Mary
    March 10, 2014

    Love it! I have a toddler, so heels aren’t happening on a daily (or any) basis. Plus my husband isn’t that tall, so, ya know. Do you have any alternatives to the Tieks? I need the same color but $175 is a bit more than I wanted to spend. I’ve been looking at different sites without much luck but will keep trying! Also – would love some breezy top ideas for those of us who need support or have to wear a bra. I don’t really like spaghetti straps on me but love the looks!

  • Megan
    March 10, 2014

    Mary, American Eagle has some cheap scrunched nude ballet flats. $25, I think?

  • Kay Lynn
    March 11, 2014

    Wow! I have never understood peplum tops, but the picture of peplum + flares makes me want to go find one NOW. Thank you!

  • Mary
    March 11, 2014

    Thank you! These look perfect.

  • sakina
    March 12, 2014

    On trapeze dresses… I’m pear shaped (with plenty of pooch!)and have always looked pregnant in them!
    I see them everywhere, and on all body types – is there a right way to wear them that Im not getting?

  • Kirsten
    March 13, 2014

    I’ve recently discovered the beauty and elegance of the pointed toe flat. Due to back problems i can no longer wear heels, but find round or blunt flats look too juvenile and casual for corporate wear, especially with skirts, and can give a stumpy appearance . Pointed toe flats make an outfit look much more professional, while elegantly elongating the leg. I used to avoid pointed toes, thinking that as I already have very large feet, the pointed tie would add unattractive length. Until a male friend pointed out, men don’t notice such things: no man has ever said “oh her feet are too long”.

  • Brian
    May 5, 2014

    Great post. I love wearing nude or neutral colored flats and I always though I had to wear them with skinny jeans to make them look cute. Something like this. https://www.flickr.com/photos/39715038@N00/8454329684/sizes/l/ But lately, and thanks to this post, I realize they look better with straight leg jeans like this. https://www.flickr.com/photos/39715038@N00/12871800093/sizes/o/
    Thanks for sharing!

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