On the Rise









[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Top: H&M $3.95/Trousers: Marshalls $29.99 (c/o)/Sandals: Steve Madden $79.95/Clutch: Nine West $29.50 (after sale)/Necklace: (old)/Earrings: Forever 21 $5.80

Raise your style standards with a pair of high-waisted trousers this summer. I can’t get enough of this trend because it makes me appear taller – and if you’re petite like me, you come to appreciate anything that gives the illusion of a couple added inches. While you may think you can breathe a sigh of relief, think again – this style can be tricky.

When pulling it off, be sure to wear a top that shows a hint of skin or is fitted to the body to define your waistline. Personally, I think this style demands a heel or a wedge – but if you’re not feeling it, be sure to wear flats with pants that have a slight break at the hem otherwise you’ll end up looking like MC Hammer or super short, and no one wants that. To polish it off, throw in a couple bold accessories – a beaded necklace, pair of statement earrings and summery clutch, like this one from Nine West.

Trust me, illusion is your friend and can do more for your shape than you know. Share your feedback in the comment section below!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Xo, Stephanie

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