E is for Elongation

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Want to look taller and or slimmer?  You are not alone as many of my clients have told me that either or both of these is one of their style goals! 

 As there are many illusion tricks I can teach you, so that you can become your own clothing magician, here you’ll discover how to elongate your body (or parts of it if you want to create balance proportionally).

How to Create the Illusion of Length and Slimness with Your Clothes

So let’s get back to basics and think about how to use line to create the illusion of length and/or slimness.

  • Vertical lines lengthen
  • Horizontal lines shorten and broaden

E is for Elongation - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - How to dress taller and slimmer

To elongate you want to ensure you have more vertical lines and less horizontal lines.  How and where are verticals found in clothes?

  • Plackets
  • Jacket edges
  • Centre creases on trousers
  • Rows of buttons (up and down)
  • Pleats
  • Pinstripes
  • Vertical seams such as princess seams and darts

How you can use verticals to look taller and slimmer

How to use verticals in your outfitsE is for Elongation - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - How to dress taller and slimmer

Horizontal Lines Broaden

E is for Elongation - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - How to dress taller and slimmerBecause horizontal lines shorten and widen, you need to be aware of where you will find them in garments:
  • Hems of sleeves, tops, pants, skirts etc.
  • Yokes
  • Pockets
  • Horizontal prints
  • Seams
  • Trims
  • Distressing and whiskering
  • Straps and high vamps on shoes
  • Buttons on double-breasted jackets and coats
  • Cuffs on trousers
  • Border prints

So if you want to slim, then you only want to put horizontal lines on:

  1. Your narrow points (so this is the – where do I end tops, jackets etc. rule)
  2. On the areas you want to broaden to create balance – check out my body shape bibles to discover exactly where they are for your shape!  If you’re not sure of your shape and would like my professional opinion on it and your colouring you can get this as part of my 7 Steps to Style program

Read my 3 rules of horizontal lines here

How to wear horizontal stripes without looking wide

Bad design – the horizontal line rule

5 Easy Ways to Elongate to Look Taller and Slimmer:

  1. Find garments with more verticals (as natural hemlines that garments all have will create lots of horizontals) without adding extra ones.
  2. Tone shoes to trousers or tights or legs.
  3. Wear heels, if you like them.
  4. Wear low vamp shoes.
  5. Wear fabrics that skim and drape close to your body.

and a bonus 6th:

E is for Elongation - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - How to dress taller and slimmerThe easiest way to look taller is to use the column of colour concept, which I’ve covered here and here and even here.  It’s simple, the longer the unbroken vertical line, the taller you will appear.  Just remember, a column of colour doesn’t have to mean only wearing black head to toe or only wearing one colour, you can still wear two or three colours, it’s just how you put them together.

So instead of breaking up your body by alternating colours, you can try elongating by creating a vertical flow from head to toe.E is for Elongation - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - How to dress taller and slimmer

 
 
 
E is for Elongation - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - How to dress taller and slimmer

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