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
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
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
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