Stylist shares the simple tweaks she makes with her clients to add length and make them look taller

Stylist shares the simple tweaks she makes with her clients to add length and make them look taller with their outfits

  • Melissa Murgana said whether you’re tall or not, you should elongate your frame
  • You can do this by choosing shoes that have straps that go away from the ankle
  • She also recommends going for V-neck tops, rather than crew or round-neck 

A fashion stylist has shared the simple tweaks she makes with her clients’ fashion choices to add length and make them look taller.

Melissa Murgana, from Melbourne, said regardless of your height, ‘most of us can use these tips when dressing’ – and they will improve how you look and feel today.

‘The biggest aim of the game when elongating is to create a vertical line without a break,’ Melissa wrote on Instagram. 

‘And it’s all the little things that come together to create a flattering outfit to make the most of your shape.’

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A fashion stylist has shared the simple tweaks she makes with her clients' fashion choices to add length and make them look taller (Melissa Murgana pictured)

A fashion stylist has shared the simple tweaks she makes with her clients’ fashion choices to add length and make them look taller (Melissa Murgana pictured)

The stylist's first tip is to pair similar colours in order to draw the eye downwards (pictured)

The stylist’s first tip is to pair similar colours in order to draw the eye downwards (pictured)

Melissa recommends you steer clear of round-neck T-shirts if you want to elongate your frame, because they 'close your decolletage' and instead go for V-necks to draw the eye down

Melissa recommends you steer clear of round-neck T-shirts if you want to elongate your frame, because they 'close your decolletage' and instead go for V-necks to draw the eye down (

Melissa recommends you steer clear of round-neck T-shirts if you want to elongate your frame, because they ‘close your decolletage’ and instead go for V-necks to draw the eye down (both pictured)

The stylist’s first tip is to pair similar colours in order to draw the eye downwards.

‘Pairing similar colours side by side won’t create a horizontal line on your frame,’ Melissa said. 

One of the best things you can do to make yourself look taller is to invest in a pant suit in a block colour as this will create an illusion of height.

Melissa recommends you steer clear of round-neck T-shirts if you want to elongate your frame, because they ‘close your decolletage’ and can contribute to a shortening.

‘Instead, V necklines draw the eye down,’ she said, opting to pair a classic white V neck T-shirt with a black blazer and jeans.

When it comes to shoes, the stylist said you're going to want to avoid 'dark coloured straps at the ankle', which serve to cut up your figure and make you look shorter than you really are

When it comes to shoes, the stylist said you're going to want to avoid 'dark coloured straps at the ankle', which serve to cut up your figure and make you look shorter than you really are

When it comes to shoes, the stylist said you’re going to want to avoid ‘dark coloured straps at the ankle’, which serve to cut up your figure and make you look shorter than you really are

When it comes to shoes, the stylist said you’re going to want to avoid ‘dark coloured straps at the ankle’, which serve to cut up your figure and make you look shorter than you really are.

‘Try and get a shoe strap that goes away from the ankle to lengthen,’ Melissa said.

You could also opt for a nude-coloured heel, which always makes your legs look longer.

Finally, Melissa said you should ‘avoid jackets that fold in’ and instead get straight-cut ones, so that you can ‘see your column’.

Finally, Melissa said you should 'avoid jackets that fold in' and instead get straight-cut ones, so that you can 'see your column' (pictured)

Finally, Melissa said you should 'avoid jackets that fold in' and instead get straight-cut ones, so that you can 'see your column' (pictured)

Finally, Melissa said you should ‘avoid jackets that fold in’ and instead get straight-cut ones, so that you can ‘see your column’ (pictured)

Previously, Melissa revealed her three secrets for dressing for your proportions, and the one trick you need to try to check you’re dressing right for your shape.

The first is to think hard about your colour pairings. 

‘Wearing two opposing colours really draws the attention to this mid-section,’ the stylist explained in a previous video.

‘Whereas two complimentary colours really elongates the silhouette.’

Melissa’s second fashion secret is you should always tuck your tops in rather than letting them hang out.

The reason for this is that this will highlight where you are more narrow.

‘If you leave your top untucked, it cuts you off, doesn’t balance your top and bottom and hits you at your widest part: your hips,’ Melissa demonstrated.

‘A subtle tuck draws the eye here [your waist] as opposed to here [your hips].’

Melissa’s five fashion tips to remember now 

1. Know your body and focus on what suits your shape and not just what’s trending.

2. Invest in solid and versatile pieces that will work hard in your wardrobe.

3. Don’t underestimate the power of including a pop colour in your accessories. It helps if your wardrobe is full of single, solid or neutral colours.

4. Make sure you ‘style’ your outfits. There are heaps of hacks to tuck shirts, tees and jeans to make everyday items look more polished.

5. Have a few go-to neutral outfits for every season so when in doubt, you can reach for them.

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Previously, Melissa revealed her three secrets for dressing for your proportions, and the one trick you need to try to check you're dressing right for your shape

Previously, Melissa revealed her three secrets for dressing for your proportions, and the one trick you need to try to check you’re dressing right for your shape

Finally, Melissa explained it is vitally important that you dress for your waistline, whether you have a long or short torso or even no clearly visible waist.

‘If you’re short in the top of your body, Vs are your friend,’ she said.

‘Use V necks and vertical lines to lengthen out your top body.

‘If you’re longer in the body, you’ll want to go for high-waisted pants or skirt and draw the eye across with horizontal stripes, rather than up and down.’

For those lacking in any clear waist definition, the stylist recommends you try and ‘create a mid point for your frame’.

You can do this with a belt and/or nipped-in waistline.

If you do this, you will instantly look more put-together and narrow at the waist.

For more information about Melissa Murgana, please visit her profile here.

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