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




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.)



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.    






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. 



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. 



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





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!



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'.  




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.)