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The one pair of pants you need for instantly longer legs

by Melissa Garcia / / Source: TODAY

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Wish you had longer legs? A smaller waist? Thinner arms? Well, with some small changes, you can get the body you always wanted (or at least LOOK that way).

Longer legs

My secret weapon for creating the illusion of looking taller is a wide-leg, high-waisted jean. The longer the pant leg and the higher the waist, the longer your legs will look. Be sure to tuck in your shirt to show where your legs “seem” to start.

With fall around the corner, turtlenecks are another way to look taller because they also help maintain that long vertical line.

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Pilcro Ultra High-Rise Tie-Waist Wide Legs, $148, Anthropologie

Wide leg pants
Anthropologie

Ace Shock Women's Casual Straight High Waist Wide Leg Jeans, $43, Amazon

Ace jeans
Amazon

Gooket Women's High Waist Tencel Denim Wide Leg Pants, $29, Amazon

jeans
Amazon

Kimchi Blue Simone Paperbag Pant, $64, Urban Outfitters

Wide leg pants
Urban Outfitters

Silence + Noise Super-High Rise Wide Leg Pant, $69, Urban Outfitters

Wide leg pants
Urban Outfitters

Free People Gilmour High Rise Wide Leg Jean, $59, Nordstrom Rack

Wide leg pants
Nordstrom Rack

Wide-Leg Lyocell Pants, $40, H&M

Pants
H&M

Wide-cut Satin Pants, $25, H&M

Satin pants
H&M

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Defined waist

The key to having a more defined waist in a dress is twofold. First, a dress with built in shapewear is amazing. It automatically sucks you in and smooths you out, creating the illusion of a slimmer physique and more defined waist.

Also opt for a dress with geometric paneling on the sides. The paneling is strategically placed to trick the eye and create the illusion of a smaller waist.

S-1143 Dress, $294, Nue by Shani

Dress
Nue by Shani

Nue by Shani V-Neck Lace Dress with Built-in Shapewear, $132, Amazon

Nue by Shani Lace Dress
Amazon

NYDJ Women's Bridget Peplum Ponte Dress, $67, Amazon

Dress
Amazon

NYDJ Jeanette Seamed Dress, $98, Amazon

NYDJ dress
Amazon

Jewel Toned Major Mini Dress Bodycon Shapewear, $52, Lord & Taylor

Bodycon dress
Lord & Taylor

Jewel Toned Racerback Contour Hourglass Shaper Dress, $44, Lord & Taylor

Dress
Lord & Taylor

River Island Panel Detail Bandage Bodycon Dress, $94, Asos

Bodycon dress
ASOS

Vince Camuto Geometric Fit-and-Flare Dress, $128, Lord & Taylor

Vince Camuto dress
Lord & Taylor

Thinner arms

Many women are concerned with their upper arms. Sleeves are the obvious camouflage, but I love the idea of a pretty flutter trumpet sleeve: It’s a more natural way to cover your arms without being so deliberate.

Also, be sure not to choose a sleeve that’s too tight when trying to conceal your arms; flow-y is much better.

Paris Sunday Women's Flutter Sleeve Top, $34, Amazon

Flutter sleeves
Amazon

Zeagoo Women's Ruffle Sleeve V-Neck Peplum Blouse Top, $20, Amazon

Peplum blouse
Amazon

BerryGo Women's Elegant Off-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Floral Chiffon Blouse, $10, Amazon

Off-the-shoulder top
Amazon

Eliza J Ruffle Top, $98, Nordstrom

Ruffle top
Nordstrom

Kimchi Blue Kelsey Ruffle Button-Down Shirt, $49, Urban Outfitters

Kimchi blouse
Urban Outfitters

Rachel Roy Flutter Sleeves Blouse, $79, Spring

Rachel Roy top
Spring

Susana Off-the-Shoulder Short-Sleeve Blouse, $25, Nordstrom Rack

Off-the-shoulder blouse
Nordstrom Rack

Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, $25, H&M

Off-the-shoulder blouse
H&M

Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, $25, H&M

Blouse
H&M

Stripe Cold Shoulder Blouse, $50, Topshop

Stripe blouse
Topshop

Larger breasts

Creating the illusion of larger breasts starts underneath with the bra. Look for a bra that not only pushes up, but adds volume!

It also helps to opt for a V-neck or wrap-style dress or shirt that accentuates the chest. A lighter color fabric with a print also helps to create the illusion of a larger chest.

Add-2-Cups Push-Up Bra, $54, Victoria's Secret

Bra
Victoria's Secret

Kissbobo Lalabra Strapless Self Adhesive Silicone Push-up Bra, $6, Amazon

Bra
Amazon

WingsLove Women's Everyday Basic T-Shirt Bra, $17, Amazon

Bra
Amazon

AooToo Quarter Cup One-Piece Push-Up Drawstring Bra, $10, Amazon

Bra
Amazon

Spanx Pillow Cup Signature Push-Up Plunge Underwire Bra, $68, Nordstrom

Spanx
Nordstrom

Natori Pristine Push-Up Convertible Plunge Bra, $60, Nordstrom

Bra
Nordstrom

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Slimmer

To appear slimmer, choose one dark color. Monochromatic looks always lengthen and elongate the frame, and darker colors are renowned for giving the appearance of a slimmer physique.

I love a dark maxi dress, especially one that cinches at the waist, providing instant definition.

Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $149, Ann Taylor

Maxi dress
Ann Taylor

Cruiize Women's Strapless Off-Shoulder Evening Maxi Dress, $10, Amazon

Maxi dress
Amazon

Freely Off-Shoulder Maxi Beach Dress, $14, Amazon

Maxi dress
Amazon

David Nadeau Summer Dress, $22, Amazon

Maxi Dress
Amazon

Felicity & Coco Stripe Strapless Maxi Dress, $88, Nordstrom

Maxi Dress
Nordstrom

Silence + Noise Molly Cupro Culotte Jumpsuit, $79, Urban Outfitters

Jumpsuits
Urban Outfitters

West Kei Strapless Stripe Maxi Dress, $25, Nordstrom Rack

Maxi dress
Nordstrom Rack

West Kei Gauze Maxi Dress, $30, Nordstrom Rack

Maxi dress
Nordstrom Rack

Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress, $18, H&M

Maxi dress
H&M

Maxi Dress, $30, H&M

Maxi dress
H&M

Maxi Dress, $13, H&M

Maxi dress
H&M

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