High heels aren't the only answer to look a few inches taller. Simply tweaking the way you dress can literally and figuratively elevate your style. Check out the petite girl essentials below:

1. A short haircut

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Long hair can drag you down, so get yourself a short haircut to have your neck and collarbones exposed.

2. Hair tie

But if you're not ready to commit to chop yet, simply tie your hair in a high ponytail.

Try: Scünci Hair Elastics (Pack of 32), at department stores

3. Eye-catching top

Slip on a top with an interesting neckline to draw the attention upwards.

Try: Miss Selfridge Gingham Top, Greenbelt 5


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4. V-neckline top or dress

V-necks grant an illusion of a slimmer and longer upper body.

Try: Plains and Prints Laroyce Sleeveless Top, P798, at Glorietta


5. High-waist pants, shorts, and skirts

High-waist bottoms create a smaller waist and lengthen your lower body.

Try: Guess 1981 Originals Denim Skirt, P2,698, at SM Megamall


6. Monochormatic dressing

Dressing in the same hue creates a long, vertical line, making you look taller.

Try: SM Woman Poplin Off-shoulder top and Ruffle-hem pants, at SM department stores


7. Any item with vertical stripes

The oldest trick in the book: Wear items with vertical stripes.

Try: Topshop Belted Peg Trousers, at SM Megamall


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8. Medium-sized bags

Oversized bags will drown a petite frame. The ideal bag width would be three-fourths your waistline.

Try: Parfois Sand Cross Bag, P1,990, at SM Aura


9. Pointed-toe shoes

Pointed-toe, no matter what color or heel height you get, can elongate your legs.

Try: Dune London Jeweled Brooch Mid-Heel Pump in Blue, at Bonifacio High Street


10. Nude footwear

If you want to wear lace-ups or ankle straps, get a pair in a skin-tone color to prevent it from 'cutting' your legs.


Try: Nine West Radka Ghillie Flat Sandals, at Glorietta

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