Moreover, clothes aren't designed for us short-legged people. I don't know how many times I bought a "knee-length" skirt only to have it reach my shins, or, even more common, a maxi skirt that I could wear as a full-body dress.
Personally, I think it's a great time to be a short-legged person, as we have a lot of style options to create an optical illusion of longer legs:
(shorter paper dolls represent short person, whereas the left-hand doll is the tall/average height. I noticed that I'm about a head shorter than most people my size, so I just chopped off a head-length from the legs above)
Namely, the main optical illusion I recommend, which works for me, is wearing a high waisted skirt with matching leggings/tights, creating a continuous line that tricks the eye into thinking your torso is tiny while your legs are long. by the way, this only works with skirts, since they hide where your legs begin.
From left to right, I think I show how to create the longest-looking legs. The worst is having a solid color from neck to thigh, which makes your torso look long and your legs look short.
Next is wearing a high-waisted skirt, with a crop top that shows a little bit of skin. This at least breaks up the torso, and gives the illusion that your legs start up higher on your body.
|platforms, help of course.|
Also, I think you can make it look as though your legs are even longer, as in the photo below. Combine both principles: head to high waist one color, and wear a cropped shirt showing an artificially high waist. In the below photo, I'm not even wearing heels or platforms, and I look like I'm proportional.
Are you also one of us short-legged folks? Do you have a style tip, let me know in the comments!