Just because you weren’t born with the measurements of a Hadid sister doesn’t mean you can’t fake modelesque height. All it takes is a little strategic styling and visual trickery, as demonstrated by the following eight outfits.

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Wear Something Monochromatic

Dressing all in one color creates a long line from your head to your toes and makes you look taller automatically. This works for any color, but an all-black ensemble has the extra perk of being simultaneously slimming and lengthening.

Get the look: BP. shirt ($17); Madewell jeans ($128); Topshop coat ($95); Marc Fisher LTD boots ($95)

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Wear All Things High Waist

One of the easiest ways to look taller? Wearing high-waist pants and skirts. By faking a higher waistline, your legs look like they begin at least a few inches before they actually do. Beyond easy.

Get the look: AG sweater ($138); Treasure & Bond jeans ($79); Vince Camuto boots ($90)

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Pair a Shorter Skirt with Tall Boots

Knee-high or over-the-knee boots are a game-changer when it comes to making your gams look miles-long. Worn with a skirt that hits above your knee, they’ll make your legs look, like, twice their actual length.

Get the look: Rails jacket ($229); Maje skirt ($265); Stuart Weitzman boots ($655)

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Wear Pointed-Toe Shoes in Your Skin Tone

Pointy, skin-colored shoes (or those that are see-through) visually extend the length of your legs without a break in color. Nude flats will do the trick, but for maximum lengthening, opt for a heel.

Get the look: Milly dress ($425); Lauren Ralph Lauren coat ($150); SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker shoes ($365)

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Wear a Cropped Coat or Jacket

Here’s another optical illusion for you. Just as high-waist pants make it look like your waist is higher, a shorter coat does the same. Since outerwear typically hits at your natural waist, raising the hem a bit makes it look like your waist is much higher than it is.

Get the look: Amuse Society pants ($56); Scripted coat ($245)

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Opt for Smaller Handbags

Scale, scale, scale. A giant tote can make a petite frame look even tinier. An itty-bitty handbag, though, looks way more proportional and will make you appear to have a taller stature.

Get the look: Theory coat ($595); Jeffrey Campbell boots ($183); Sole Society bag ($40)

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Wear Stripes Vertically

Horizontal stripes are well and good, but vertical stripes are kinda magical. In a simple top or full-on dress, they draw the eye up and down, creating the illusion of longer limbs.

Get the look: Topshop top ($68); Bailey 44 pants ($168); Elie Tahari blazer ($398)

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Wear Cropped Pants

Remember when you went through a growth spurt as a kid and all your pants looked too short? Cropped trousers create the same, leg-lengthening effect. No one has to know you haven’t gotten any taller in decades.

Get the look: J.Crew shirt ($70); Eileen Fisher pants ($248); Vince jacket ($795)

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