Hey y’all! My name is Liv and I am a tiny queen. No joke, I’m literally only about 5′ tall and am eternally grateful to stores like American Eagle that do extra-short size jeans. I currently have 23 years of experience of being a tiny legend (no lie, check my resume) and like to think that I have gained many tips and tricks along the way. I may be short, but I live like I am large and in-charge. As such, here are my best tips to transform into a tall, leggy goddess.
Raise Your Waist
The greatest thing that every happened to me was the rise of high waist fashion. Honestly, I think back to the early 2000s and just think about how tragic of a time that was due to the reign of the low rise jeans. Thankfully, now we’re in better times for short queens and you need to take advantage of it. Raising the waist, raises the line of your legs creating an optical illusion that you are 6 ft tall. I would especially recommend taking on the high waist trend if you’re interested in rocking bell bottom or wide leg pats. Simply tuck a form fitting tee into them and let the good times roll!
Show Some Ankle
Oooh, we’re getting a little risque here, with my personal favorite trick. I love to show a little ankle, you know, serve some high fashion highwater realness if you will. Essentially, tall people wear highwaters, because many brands that aren’t American Eagle (can you tell that I’m obsessed), don’t make the effort to truly be size inclusive. Thus, pants are too short for them. As such, I realized that I too could live like a long legged legend if I created the illusion that my legs were also way too long for my pants. This can be achieved by investing in cropped pants in short/x-tra short sizing or by rolling up pants that are already too long.
Go a Little Monochromatic
This tip is as old as time and unfortunately, I rarely ever commit to this in its fullest form. That being said, I do engage in some mini monochrome moments. I like to do black tights or leggings that lead into a black – preferably heeled – shoe. Of course, you could do this with any color, but I think black adds some nice depth to the look and is also a little mysterious. It leaves everyone asking all the questions. Is she 5 feet? Is she 6 feet? Did she just trip over nothing because she can’t walk in her cheap black heels? The world may never know.
Embrace Mini Everything
Of course, we all know about the mini skirt. She’s a classic piece and she truly works wonders on any look. But, let me introduce you to the crossbody mini bag. I know, I know. You have a lot of stuff and you need somewhere to carry it, so this may not be practical for everyone, but I do not recommend a big bag. Anytime I think I’m going to try out a sophisticated, structured, working lady bag, I always end up looking like I’m playing dress up in my mom’s closet.
Personally, I love a smaller crossbody. I like to go for a bag that is slightly larger than my two hands put side-by-side. It also has to have structure and pockets…lots of pockets. Currently, my favorite is this Nine West bag that I scored at a bargain of $0.99 a couple of years ago, which is also deceptively roomy. I say go for something that will hold your wallet, phone, sanitary napkins (if you use them), and a little extra. Additionally, it needs to have an adjustable strap. This is a non-negotiable.
I can live like a tall, leggy goddess because I feel like a tall, leggy goddess in my soul. This may seem unrelated, but here’s a tidbit about me. I have lymphedema. I wear compression stockings from the time I wake up, until I go to bed. And they’re really ugly. But that’s just a fact of my life. Like, hi, I’m Liv: I’m short and I have lymphedema and those are two things that will never change about me. So, I could live my whole wishing that I was born into a different body or I could just suck it up and start living out the truth of who I am. You have to love what you wear, love how you look, and love who you are. I promise you, once you embrace a lifestyle of radical self-love, everything else will fall into place.
It’s important to remember that the image of this tall, leggy goddess is all an optical illusion. You’re playing with all of the elements of yourself and how you look, but none of those components ever truly go away. So stretch your body out with color and size and have tons of fun, because it’s the only body you’ll ever get to live in (unless you’re actually a ghost and are on some next level possession business).
How do you transform into a leggy legend?
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Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!