Monthly Archives: February 2012

How-To: Elongating Your Legs

Elevated Style | Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps 2

J.Crew City Mini Skirt; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps; Express Necklace; Jessica Simpson Collection Coat; Tommy Hilfiger DL40 Sunglasses

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It’s time to embrace your height. Here are a few tips to elongate those legs even more:

  • Ensure your shoes are the same color as your tights or pants. To demonstrate, I’m wearing black tights and black shoes above. If you’re not wearing tights or pants, wear nude colored shoes. This makes legs look longer because the length of the leg is not broken up by another color.
  • Wear heels. This is obvious, but it works. Women have been doing this for ages.
  • Choose a skirt length that falls above the knee. This accentuates your long legs. Conversely, wearing a skirt that falls below the knee will disguise long legs.
  • Wear a skirt with a high waistline. This creates an illusion that your legs start higher than they actually do. Notice that my skirt is worn high above my hips, creating the illusion of longer legs.

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Readers: Have you tried anything to elongate your legs?

Style Obsessions: February 2012

Elevated Style | Style Obsessions February
Lately I’ve been loving pearls because they can instantly add a sense of sophistication to any outfit. Here are my current picks:

  1. J.Crew Pearl Twisted Hammock Necklace
  2. Amour Stainless Steel Freshwater White Pearl Earrings With Hypoallergenic Backs
  3. Dahlia Modern Pearl Center Crystal Plumeria Flower Brooch Pin Pendant
  4. Banana Republic Flower Drop Earring
  5. Ann Taylor Triple Row Pearlized Bracelet

How-To: Complimentary Colors

Elevated Style | J.Crew Classic Mini in Heather Felted Wool Red 1

J.Crew Classic Mini in Heather Felted Wool; Talbots Top; Banana Republic Classic Trench

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I never used to wear bright colors because I didn’t know how to match them and because I didn’t want to draw any more attention to my height.¬†Enter the color wheel.

One of the easiest ways to put together an outfit is by choosing complimentary colors, as they bring out and emphasize each other. The outfit above utilizes two complementary colors; red-orange and blue-green.

Because they are complete opposites, complementary colors can sometimes make an outfit look too intense, especially if the colors are primary. If this is the case, here are some tips:

  • Choose complementary color schemes that use intermediate colors (i.e. red-orange and blue-green).
  • Wear one color with a paler tint of its opposite, such as green with light pink.
  • Tone down the look by throwing in a neutral color, as I did with the black tights and trench coat.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear bright colors if you’re tall!

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I am no longer afraid to wear bright colors and I will certainly try incorporating complementary colors into my wardrobe from now on.

Readers: Will you try wearing complimentary colors?