How To Look Tall In Flats

How To Look Tall In Flats - A Personal Stylist shares her tips to make yourself look taller with clothing.

As someone who gets her cardio from walking around shopping centres in a brisk fashion and running up escalators the wrong way because I saw an item for a client as I got half way down, I know just how important a great pair of flats is and what an impact they can have on an outfit. One of the common things I hear clients say when trying on a new item is ‘I’ll have to wear heels with this.’

And I’m here to burst that misconception and throw it in a bargain bin for some silly impulse shopper to buy because there are ways to look tall in flats and in this post, I’m going to teach you how.

How To Look Tall In Flats Crash Course:

The Beginner

If you feel like you’re strutting in unfamiliar territory, stick with what’s simple. You can look tall in flats by starting with a nude/skin tone flat and look for something that shows off the ankle. Stay away from high ankle straps if you’re unsure and opt for a plain and simple design that doesn’t draw attention.

The Intermediate Effortless Bitch

After getting the hang of nude flats with clothing, try your hand at being aware of simple alterations on your lower half. Hem your pants and even taper them in to follow the line of your leg and remember that you’ll always look tall in a pair of pants that finish just on the ankle, when wearing a flat shoe.

The Total Effortless Bitch

You’ve got your nude flats, you’re paying attention to your hem lengths – but now it’s time to add some colour and a bit of sparkle. Look for flat shoes that show a nice amount of your foot, avoid lace up styles and thick ankle straps and stick to minimalist shapes and bold colours.

You can match your shoe to the lower half of your outfit for an even longer look, and opt for a pointed toe shoe to stretch your shape that little bit further. You’ll get extra brownie points for flats that have a 1cm heel on them as they slim the ankle and remove the feeling of cankles, if you suffer with thick calves or wide feet.

I feel like women don’t have half as many issues with shoes as they do with clothing. They never complain about their feet looking fat or dimply, or having an odd shape. Shoes are generally fun, so I don’t believe a woman’s flat shoes wardrobe should be made up of just black flats for work and ducking down to the shops. I think we need a little flat fun in our lives so head to your local retail therapy clinic and get yourself something that will add a little sweetness to your busy day outfits and finally, you can look tall in flats.


  1. Avatar for Mona Louisa

    This is a great Blog! I am not sure if it applies for true plus size – 18 PLUS? I have always been styled longer in my pants.
    Since breaking my ankle I have been able to return to high heels- so looking for options!
    i will give this a try!
    Cheers Mona

    1. Avatar for ALARNA HOPE

      Hello Mona,
      Thank you! This does suit those of a size 18, nude shoes work a treat and if you get tired of nude, match your shoes to your pants and you’ll get a similar effect! x

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