Yes you’re cute and fun-sized but being a short girl comes with its own set of problems. Especially when when it comes to wearing Indian wear, particularly a sari. Be it tucking a few extra inches of the fabric inside or your favourite printed zari sari making you look shorter, we’ve all been there and felt pretty miserable about it! But a few clever styling tricks and tips can solve this problem. Don’t believe us? Read on to find out!
1. Avoid broad borders
Broad borders automatically reduce the visual length of the sari, making you look shorter than you are. Try a saree that has a simpler border, preferably a thin one. A thin border will help elongate your height.
2. Give big prints a miss
Basically, big prints cover more space, which is the first reason why you shouldn’t opt for them in a sari. They make you look broader than you are, and there won’t be a ‘break’ in the pattern. So opt for smaller prints, as they flow better with the fabric and make you look leaner and taller, both.
Also read: 9 Styling Tricks To Look Slimmer (And Taller!) In Your Jeans!
3. Pick the right heels
While you may or may not be a girl who likes heels, wearing a sari without heels is somewhat incomplete. But it is extremely important to pick the right pair of heels for this. You may love wedges but if you’re wearing a light printed chiffon sari, then this choice might not be the best. Choose sleek heels over chunky ones. If you’re not comfy wearing stilettos, wear block heels that aren’t too thick to help you appear tall and slender. Also, stay away from super high heels, as that can draw attention to your shoes and away from your sari.
4. Opt for a slim fit petticoat/ wear jeans underneath
A petticoat can add a lot of extra weight to your body, so all those mummy petticoats - dump them! Either try a fitted one that sticks to your waist, isn’t stiff and won’t bunch up under your sari. The shape of your sari comes from the petticoat you wear, so always opt for a slim fit. Also, your petticoat should be ankle length. One secret hack is to ditch the petticoat altogether and opt for skinny jeans that are well-fitted. If you know that you're wearing it only for a short while (visiting the loo can be tricky!), then wearing jeans underneath a saree is a great option because it can make your booty look curvier as well as help you look slimmer and taller!
5. Wear a well fitted blouse
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Steer clear of wearing ill-fitted blouses because it’s only going to add to that messiness. Also, try to keep the length of your blouse medium (not too long and not too short), making your overall look more natural and less-stuffy. Don’t try blouses with horizontal stripes, they’re only going to make you look broader. Also, avoid wearing high-neck blouses.
6. Pin it right!
The pin trick is quite an important one. The way you pin your sari can potentially make or break the look! It can either make you look really fabulous or really messy and unflattering. When pleating your sari, keep the pleats small and fold them in neatly. Similarly, when you’re letting your pallu fall, don’t keep it too long if you want to appear taller.
Also read: 7 FAB Tricks To Style Long Kurtas If You’re A Short Girl!
7. Choose the right fabric!
Picking the right fabric is extremely important and essential in looking the way you want. A lighter fabric will make you look taller as it will wrap around your waist right. A thick fabric will not sit as well and can make you look a little shorter and ever broader.
8. Right hairstyle
A hairstyle can go a long way in making you look taller. It’s a great styling trick that can add or subtract considerable amount of height from your body. A high bun - messy or neat can give you a taller look. Don’t part your hair in the center as it’ll make your face look rounder- inturn making you look shorter!
9. Accessorise right
Too much jewellery or too little can also make you look shorter. Add statement pieces to your look that’ll only make the entire ensemble look longer. A long necklace can help elongate your frame. Just make sure you don’t add a necklace, ring, earrings and bangles all at once. If you’re wearing a neck piece, go lighter on the ears and so on.
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Published on Sep 02, 2016