February 28, 2012

Lookbook: Elongating Your Legs

J.Crew City Mini Skirt
J.Crew Skirt; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve TeeAnn Taylor Perfect Pumps; Express Necklace; Jessica Simpson Collection Coat; Tommy Hilfiger DL40 Sunglasses.
J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee

It's time to embrace your height. Here are a few tips to elongate those legs even more!

Step 1
Ensure your shoes are the same color as your tights or pants. To demonstrate, I'm wearing black tights and black shoes above. If you're not wearing tights or pants, wear nude colored shoes. This makes legs look longer because the length of the leg is not broken up by another color.

Step 2
Wear heels. This is obvious, but it works. Women have been doing this for ages.

Step 3
Choose a skirt length that falls above the knee. This accentuates your long legs. Conversely, wearing a skirt that falls below the knee will disguise long legs.

Step 4
Wear a skirt with a high waistline. This creates an illusion that your legs start higher than they actually do. Notice that my skirt is worn high above my hips, creating the illusion of longer legs.

February 27, 2012

Style Obsessions: February

Accessories can turn your clothing into well-thought out and stylishly put together outfits. Here are my current go-to accessories:
Style Obsessions: February
  1. Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps
  2. Stud earrings
  3. Skinny belts
  4. Pearls
  5. American Eagle Rubber Chrono Watch
  6. Leopard print anything
  7. Tommy Hilfiger DL40 Sunglasses
  8. Colorful clutches
  9. Silk scarves

February 26, 2012

Lookbook: Complimentary Colors

Example of Complimentary Colors
J.Crew Skirt; Talbots Top; Banana Republic Trench
J.Crew City Mini Skirt

In the past, I never wore attention seeking clothes or bright colors, because I already felt that I stood out enough as a tall girl. Also, I didn't really know how to match colors. Then I discovered the color wheel. Not only can you use it in art class, but also when it comes to putting together an outfit!

One of the easiest ways to put together an outfit is by choosing complimentary colors, as they bring out and emphasize each other. The outfit I chose today is a red-orange skirt paired with a blue-green top. I toned it down with a pair of black tights and a neutral colored trench coat.

Because they are complete opposites, complementary colors can sometimes make an outfit look too intense, especially if the colors are primary. I find that wearing complementary color schemes that use intermediate colors (i.e. red-orange and blue-green) work the best. Another option is to wear one color with a paler tint of its opposite, such as green with light pink. 
Color Wheel

Conclusion? Don't be afraid to wear color as a tall girl!

February 24, 2012

Welcome to Elevated Style!

I've been following some personal style blogs for a few months now and was inspired to start my own! Welcome to my personal style blog. It will be filled with tips and tricks for tall girls looking to dress for success and is intended to help you:
  • Discover how to flatter your taller silhouette
  • Embrace high heels - even though they add inches!
  • Pick the right pieces to look more feminine
  • Understand how to create the right proportions for your body
  • Learn how to enjoy your height
  • See how dressing in the right style will help you get a more effective working wardrobe and image
  • Be more confident in your own skin