5 Ways to Look Instantly Taller Without Wearing Heels

Your feet will adore these.

Want to give the illusion of height, but don’t want to deal with painful high heels? Try one of these easy style tips to instantly (and comfortably!) elongate your silhouette.

1. Go High-Waisted
Whether a pencil skirt or shorts, this silhouette tricks the eye by elongating your lower body. Show off the waist with a crop top or tucked-in tailored blouse.

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2. Try a Romper
The shorter it is, the longer your legs will look (and you, so statuesque).

3. Flash Some Skin
Exposing as much of your foot as you can in sandals—especially in nude, light, or metallic hues—has a lengthening effect at the ankles. Just ask Barbie.

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4. Dress Monochromatic
Head-to-toe outfits in a single shade create a tall vertical line.

5. Cut Your Hair
Superlong strands can drag you down in an old-sea-hag way, while bobs and pixies turn you all lithe sea nymph, highlighting your neck and shoulders, which brings the eye up.

RELATED: 6 Pairs of Hot Heels That Won’t Murder Your Feet

For more summer style tips, pick up the July/August issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now.


You’ll Never Guess What These 10 Gorgeous Male Celebs Looked Like Back in the Day

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How to Make Your Own Daisy Dukes

Yes, short-shorts can be chic.

Daisy dukes might just be my favorite summer accessory. But length and style can be kind of a challenge, so rather ather than obsessing over finding the perfect pair, I decided to make my own! 

Here are a few ways to turn your drab old jeans into the perfect pair of summer shorts in just a few easy steps!

Classic Distressed Shorts

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What you’ll need:

  • Loose jeans (boyfriend or straight jeans should work perfectly)
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • A seam ripper
  • An Exacto knife

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1. To start, try on your old jeans to figure out your desired shorts length. For my own, I measured about five inches from the inseam to keep my shorts short but not too revealing. Take a long piece of masking tape on either side, and mark up the length on each side before chopping off the legs of your denim. Just remember, it’s easier to trim later than to make your jeans too short right away—so give yourself an extra inch to work with. 

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2. Grab your favorite distressing tools, and get to it! I love to use a seam ripper ($3.99, to create frayed holes and to add a fringe to the newly chopped areas. You can also make incisions with an X-Acto knife and fray the edges for a more worn-in look. To keep your jeans classy-ish, keep the holes and distressed marks to just the lower half of your shorts.

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And voilà! With just two easy steps, you should have an easy, chic pair of shorts your can rock all summer long. Pair your new daisy dukes with easy breezy tanks. Or go with a structured blazer and heels for a more dressed-up night-on-the-town vibe. 

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Scalloped Skinny Shorts

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What you’ll need:

  • A pair of well-loved skinny jeans
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • A white piece of chalk or a tailors pencil
  • A small lid or top for tracing

Scallops are always chic for summer, so why not DIY your own trendy pair?

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1. Grab your favorite pair of old skinny jeans to get the party started. Kick off the process by trying them on to determine how short you’d like them to be, and then add at least three extra inches before cutting them off (you’ll need extra material to add your scallops!) 

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2. Once you’ve cut off your extra denim, take tape, and mark the shortest you’d like your shorts to be. With the material underneath the tape line, start creating your scallops with the top as your guide. Start from the outside seam of your shorts, and work your way in, tracing each half circle with your pencil or chalk. 

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3. Once you’ve gotten your tracing groove on, you’re ready to cut your scallops. Take pins to secure the front and back of your shorts together to make sure your scallops will look similar from the front and back. Cut along the chalk line with your scissors, ensuring that you don’t cut too far into your masking tape (otherwise your shorts will become a smidge too short).

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And just like that, your favorite skinny jeans are transformed into super trendy (and not too skanky) short-shorts! Pair them with your favorite casual tee or a funky 70s style top to mix a few fun summer trends together flawlessly. Seriously, go there—your summer style won’t be sorry! 

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See? It’s not so hard to make your new summer shorts chic with your favorite old jeans and a little creativity. Let us know if you have any other DIY short styles you’re trying out this summer—we’d love to get the 411!


Fake eyelashes made of plants know what natural beauty is all about

Looking to address how cosmetic companies are labelling their products as so-called ‘natural’, designer Mary Graham from London’s Kingston University made a set of fake eyelashes that take the concept of ‘natural’ quite literally. Taking blades of grass and pine needles she picked up from the local park, Graham glued them together to form organic […]

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Here’s Why You’re Always So Damn Cold at Work

We need some corporate climate change.

Raise your hand if you regularly wear a sweater at work during the summer. Yeah, me too. In a recent article in The Washington Post called “Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men: An air-conditioning investigation,” author Petula Dvorak goes into the very real struggle many women face at their workplace: It’s too damn cold, and it’s July!

“It’s the time of year desperate women rely on cardigans, pashminas, and space heaters to make it through the workweek in their frigid offices,” writes Dvorak. “And their male colleagues barely notice.”

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It does seem like too many of us are walking around work (and plenty of other places outside of our homes, for that matter) in cute summer clothes, covered up with blah cardigans—or, in my case, a wool poncho that is more 1960s San Francisco than 2015 New York City.

While we know that the ability to regulate temperature varies from person to person and women tend to get cold more easily than men do, the situation begs the question: Who chooses what the thermostats are set at? Dvorak points the finger in the obvious direction: Men who are wearing head-to-toe suits.

“And then there are the men,” Dvorak writes. “Stalwart in their business armor, manipulating their environment for their own comfort, heaven forbid they make any adjustments in what they wear. That’s right, my friends. Air conditioning is another big, sexist plot.”

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This might seem a bit hyperbolic, but Dvorak does have a point. Why should women have to bundle up when the guys could just as easily take off their jackets and roll up their sleeves? We’re all adults here; we know that it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter, and your clothes are going to change accordingly. Plus, maybe it’s time men got more creative with their seasonal looks. Here are a few suggestions…

Check out how sharp Pharrel looks in these shorts!


And what about Channing Tatum in a little chambray?


Or they could go full Luke Bryan and embrace the it’s-casual-Friday-but-I-want-to-look-like-I-still-tried vibe.


There’s really no benefit to being cold all the time. As Dvorak points out, being chilly doesn’t keep us awake or make us more alert. It’s actually just distracting, and our work suffers because of it.

“Researchers had their hands on the controls at an insurance office for a month,” writes Dvorak. “And when they warmed the place from 68 to 77 degrees, typos went down by 44 percent and productivity went up by 150 percent.”

RELATED: The Most Flattering Shorts For Your Exact Body Type

If it only takes raising the temperature five degrees to increase productivity 150 percent, heating up the office kind of seems like a no brainer, right? Feel free to share that fact next time all the women in a meeting are chatting about how cold they are while the guys are drinking iced coffees and cranking up the AC.


Project A by ZANEROBE is taking New York City by storm

If any city knows fashion – progressive mens’ fashion – it’s got to be New York City. And just this past week, Australia’s favourite fashion-savvy brand, ZANEROBE, took the Big Apple by storm with a pop-up installation that demonstrated the subtle refinement and classic designs of ZANEROBE’s Project A collection. Launched exclusively as part of a […]

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6 Times Caitlyn Jenner Gave Us Major Outfit Envy

And she’s just getting started.

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If You’re One of These Two Bra Sizes, You’re Probably Wearing the Wrong One

Have your boobs been living a lie?

Your bra size is very near and dear to your heart—literally. It’s easy to get a little too hung up on the numbers and letters we see on the tag and end up in the wrong size because of it. In fact, there are two particular sizes tons of women think they are—even though they’re not. The culprits? 34B and 36C

They sound pretty average, right? That’s exactly the problem. “A lot of women think of these sizes as the norm, so they start off there when shopping and never really learn how a proper bra should fit,” says Jenny Altman, fit and style expert for Aerie. “Even I wore one of those sizes for years.”

If you wear one of these sizes and are suddenly questioning everything you thought you knew about your breasts, don’t panic. Find a mirror, ditch your T-shirt, and look out for these signs that you’re wearing the wrong size.

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You Can Slide Your Band Up and Down
“If you have your band on the tightest hook and it can still move around, your bra is too big,” says Altman. The band, not the straps, support your breasts. This is especially important if you’re a C cup or above and depend on your bra to avoid back pain and keep the girls up where you want them. A proper band fit is also extremely important when you’re wearing a convertible or strapless bra because you don’t have straps to help compensate for a too-big band.

Other signs that your band is too big: straps that dig into your shoulders or constantly need to be tightened.

So say you wear a 36C and your shoulders ache by the end of the day. Try going down to a 34 band and up to a D cup. “A lot of women have what I call ‘the fear of D’ because they think it means they’re big or overweight, but that’s not true,” says Altman.

Still not sure if your band is the right size? Check out the back of your bra in the mirror. Is the band straight across your back, parallel to the floor? If yes, then it’s probably a good fit. If your band is riding up or pulling, you need a smaller size.

RELATED: 5 Everyday Habits That Are Causing Your Boobs to Sag

You’ve Got Boob Bulge
Look at the front of your bra. If you’ve got boob overflow (a.k.a. “double boob”) either in the front or on the sides, you don’t have enough room in the cup. Cleavage is great, but bulge that can show through your clothes, not so much. 

“Also, if the center area between the two cups is floating away or not touching your skin instead of laying flat against you, it’s time to move up a cup size,” says Altman.

RELATED: Your Boobs Age Faster Than You Do—How to Deal

All of Your Bras Are the Exact Same Size
Not all bras are created equal. Just because you’re a 34B in a demi bra doesn’t mean you’re a 34B in a full-coverage bra. “Think of it like jeans,” says Altman, “You might be a size 28 in boyfriend jeans, but you may need a bigger size in skinny jeans.” Like denim, different style bras have such specific fit and can vary by brand.

Demi bras are low-cut—sometimes called “half cups”—and they have significantly less material than a full-coverage bra in the same size. So you may wear a 34B in a demi bra but a 34A in a full-coverage, says Altman.

Still Not Sure?
When in doubt, head to a specialty store for a bra fitting. “A good fitter will bring you a few sizes and a few styles so that you can really find what’s right for you,” says Altman. Wear a light T-shirt so that the fitter can get as accurate a number as possible when taking measurements.

“Would you wear a size 8.5 sneaker when you know that you’re an 8?” asks Altman. “Absolutely not.” Your boobs deserve to be treated just as well as your feet (if not better). 


Artist uses fruits and vegetables to complete her fashion sketches

San Francisco-based creative director and designer Gretchen Roehrs fills her Instagram account with illustrations of models wearing the hottest thing this season: food. On her sketchpad, Roehrs imagines what it would be like if dresses were made out of fruits and veggies, instead of cloth. She playfully places banana peels, watermelon slices, and lettuce leaves […]

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This pepperoni pizza bikini will surely make heads turn at the beach

Online store ‘Pyknic’ has come up with a bikini that’s not only eye-catching, but hunger-inducing as well. The pepperoni pizza bikini is a swimsuit that’s perfect for pizza lovers everywhere. Once you put it on, you’ll look like you’re wearing nothing but slices of pizza – which is what everyone secretly dreams of anyway. You […]

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The Chicest Way to Show Your Team Spirit at a Sporting Event

Look cute while you hoot and holler.

Recently, we had the (amazing!) opportunity to attend the Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, Canada, with fourteen other inspiring women in the health and wellness world. One of the ladies in attendance: Lindsey Calla of the gorgeous style, fitness, and travel site Calla in Motion. So naturally, we took the opporutnity to ask what her favorite way to dress for sporting events is. Check out her response in this video (which we originally broadcasted live during the U.S. vs. Nigeria game via Periscope):

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How do you like to show your team spirit when you’re at a sporting event? 


Check Out the Shades All the Cool Kids (Ahem, Us) Are Wearing This Summer

A collab for a cause

Women’s Health and Steven Alan Optical teamed up to create a pair of exclusive, limited-edition sunglasses (our logos are etched—tastefully!—in gold on the inside of one arm). Shelling out for them means protecting yourself and others: Steven Alan Optical will donate 100 percent of the net proceeds to Eye Care America, a public service program that provides eye care at no out-of-pocket cost to medically underserved seniors who qualify.

We’ll be celebrating the launch of the glasses tonight at Steven Alan’s Chelsea location in New York City, but we couldn’t wait to rock the shades. Check out some Women’s Health staffers trying them on for size, and make sure to score your own pair before they sell out at select Steven Alan stores and

Molly Nover-Baker, beauty director

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Sara E. Culley, senior managing editor

Sascha de Gersdorff, deputy editor, and Lindsey Benoit, communications & special projects director

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How to Wear Red, White, and Blue Without Looking Corny

You can still turn heads on the fourth of July.

While I’m all about rocking red, white, and blue for the 4th of July, it can be hard to look patriotic without resembling a firecracker. Here are some quick tips to keep your fashion game on-point while you celebrate the holiday:

Via the Golden Girl Blog

Remix Your Wardrobe Favorites
Who says you need a brand-new outfit to look patriotic? Remix a few of your favorite red, white, and blue pieces to put together a creative new look. I adore how Jess of The Golden Girl Blog rocks this trendy wrap skirt with her favorite coral red sandals for a fresh look on the cheap. Plus, it’s perfect for a 4th of July fete.

RELATED: Swimsuits We Love for Under $50


Via Corals and Cognacs

Pair Prints With Bold Shades
I heart stripes and polka dots with a festive solid. This look from Hallie of Corals and Cognacs matches a vibrant red skirt with a mellower striped shirt. Love!


Via Kelly In The City

Play With Patterns
If you’re not into color-blocking your patriotic look, try a bold print to make a summer statement. This maxi dress (featured on Kelly in the City) is perfect for parties and parades. Paired with a white clutch and classic Jack Rogers, you’re ready to set sail on any 4th of July adventures.

RELATED: How to Prevent Your New Shoes from Giving You Blisters


Photo by Robert Zigmund Via Style Charade

Get Festive With a Classic Silhouette
Sometimes, the right shape can make all the difference. Take the classic silhouette of this gorgeous shirt dress from Jenn of Style Charade. It’s chic but still festive.


Via Kelly In The City

Get a Little Nautical
American style is synonymous with classic nautical looks, so the 4th of July is the perfect excuse to get a little preppy. Grab your favorite sea-inspired pieces in red, white, and blue (as Kelly in the City does here), and get creative mixing and matching textures, patterns, and silhouettes. Oh, and adding a string of pearls definitely won’t hurt, either!

RELATED: How to Wear Flats and Still Look Like Hot S**t


Via Kelly In The City

Add a Pop Of Color
Can’t commit to wearing all brights for the holiday? I love these bright patent leather heels (with that adorable bow!) paired with a more subtle denim shirt and classic white jeans. Kelly (of Kelly in the City) looks effortlessly chic and definitely not over-the-top, which is always a win in my book.

See? It’s totally possible to look patriotic-chic for the holiday!

Maya McDonald is a stylish social media pro living out her dreams in Chicago. When she’s not creating content for brands, she can be found penning Charmingly Styled and writing for a variety of magazines. She adores all-natural beauty, farmers markets, and traveling the world for the best latte (she’ll let you know when she finds it!).


These Star Wars hats are a must-have for every geek’s wardrobe

With ‘Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ about to hit theatres in a few months, New Era has released a collection of limited edition collection that features some of the franchise’s most beloved characters as caps. Made for the most hardcore of Star Wars fans, the 59FIFTY caps feature designs that look like R2D2, C3PO, Darth […]

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Swimsuits We Love for Under $50

Hit the beach looking like a million bucks—without breaking the bank.

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Stay at this hotel in Antwerp and take advantage of their in-room fashion mini bar

Excited by regular mini bars choc-full of booze and fancy chocolates? Then you’ll probably get a kick out of a new mini bar concept by fashion house Pimkie. Because when you stay at Antwerp’s Banks Boutique Hotel, you’ll get a mini bar full of clothes and accessories that fit in with the city’s weather and […]

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What Makes Designer Denim So Pricey—and Is It Worth the Cost?

Those Seven jeans are super cute, but they'll put a big dent in your wallet.

Denim shopping is an all-around nightmare: Each brand fits differently, there are so many washes and cuts, and trends like J-NCOs come back for seemingly no reason. But the single most frequent gripe among denim-laden ladies is this: Why does a good pair of jeans cost so dang much?!

“Premium denim costs more because you’re paying for the quality of the craftsmanship and the superior construction,” says designer Sarah Ahmed of DL1961 Premium Denim. That means you’re getting higher-quality denim fabrics, technological innovations, and a better overall fit.  But is it really worth paying more than double what it would cost to snag a pair of jeans at someplace like Target or H&M?

RELATED: How to Never, EVER Get Caught with a Camel Toe

Ahmed is, of course, biased, but she says it is. “You want denim that isn’t going to lose its shape and stretch out after a few wears,” she says. “Great premium denim will retain the same shape and feel as the first day you bought them.”

So how do you know if the jeans you’re eyeing are up to snuff? “Be sure to check the fabrication when buying any denim, especially premium denim,” says Ahmed. You can do this by looking at the care tags on your jeans. Look for mostly cotton (95 to 98 percent) with a little Spandex or elastane for that comfortable, forgiving fit.

RELATED: How to Make Boring Button Downs Look Crazy Stylish

Amri Kibbler, a former fashion editor and the founder Heymama, a community for creative mothers, many of whom live in their denim, estimates her jeans collection at almost 30 pairs. She agrees with Ahmed, saying that, “premium denim costs more simply because the fabrics used cost more, as do some of the more innovative washes. It can add up.”

Kibbler says that most cheap denim stretches out easily, so it has a shorter lifespan. And with some inexpensive dark washes, they’ll rinse out and fade a little quicker.  “But there are great options in the market for trendy, seasonal denim, such as distressed and ripped jeans or overalls,” says Kibbler. “There are a lot under-$80 options that look great from brands like ASOS, Zara, and GAP.”

RELATED: New Research Says People Who Wear This Type of Jeans Are the Happiest

The takeaway? Buy inexpensive jeans when they’re a trendy wash or cut that you don’t think you’ll wear more than one or two seasons—but don’t be scared to invest in a designer pair that fits you perfectly. If you wear a $200 pair of jeans more than 200 times over the years they last you, you’re spending less than $1 per wear—so worth it.


How to Never, EVER Get Caught with a Camel Toe

Because no one needs to see all that.

We’ve all seen (or experienced) it: You’re wearing your favorite pair of yoga pants or that floral romper (perfect for 80+-degree weather) and…hello, camel toe, that pesky “paw print” that acts like an arrow directing everyone’s eyes straight to your lady parts.

What Causes Camel Toe?

“The main cause is improper fit,” says stylist Mia Tucker Williams. “It happens when pants are too tight and/or too thin in the crotch region, which leads to unwanted cleavage in that area.” The same thing can happen with shorts and rompers.

How to Avoid it

Pick your panties carefully. Williams’ biggest tip for avoiding camel toe is to never go commando when wearing thin, stretchy fabrics. Instead, she recommends wearing thicker seamless panties, which are less likely to shift into the folds within the vaginal area (nice visual, right?). Instead, they’ll give you a consistently smooth appearance, hiding lines and creases.

Pay attention to fit and fabric. Avoid yoga pants or tights that are thin enough to see through, and look for workout bottoms with a wider elastic waistband that hits at the navel or right below it. Just as with panties, pants that are made of thinner fabrics have more give and flexibility, which make them more likely to slide between your legs and cause camel toe.  A wider waistband will grip (support) your waist better than a thinner waistband so you aren’t constantly pulling them up and creating an inadvertent camel toe look.

When choosing rompers, Williams tells clients to stay away from bottoms with a shorter rise, especially if they fit snug around the waist. “Go for pieces with a more relaxed fit through the waistline,” says Williams. “This will allow for movement along your midsection, which helps to create more flexibility and breathability in the crotch area.”

If Your Vag Really Likes to Eat Your Clothes

Grab a panty liner. Williams recommends wearing a panty liner if you’re prone to crotch cleavage. Place the liner in your underwear horizontally (instead of vertically), and then wrap and secure it around the seat of your underwear. This will give you three additional layers of protection against camel toe.

Always look for lining. When shopping for workout gear, look for leggings that have a polyester blend (such as spandex or elastane) or pants with a lining built into the crotch.  The lining adds another barrier between your pants and lady parts—and the more layers between the two, the less likely the fabric will be to slide into the area.

Avoid linen. You should also steer clear of 100 percent polyester and really thin fabrics. Linen and polyester are more prone to wrinkling, and that’s not a good look in an area prone to camel toe.

Darker colors will also be more flattering. You can never go wrong with black (it’ll make the crotch cleavage less obvious), and if all else fails, pair leggings with longer tops that hit right at the top of the thigh area or right below your bottom to cover camel toe.


Custom tattoos are so passé: get a custom t-shirt instead at Melbourne’s Das T-Shirt Automat

You want to personalise your style but going with a tattoo is just a little bit too permanent. There’s a solution: Melbourne’s Das T-Shirt Automat. This is where you come when you want to be unique. When you want fashion that’s not in the stores. You see, Das T-Shirt Automat prints t-shirts from your drawings […]

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Hip hop icon A$AP Ferg took time out to visit one of Sydney’s hottest urban street stores

Acclaimed hip hop star A$AP Ferg recently touched down in Australia to headline the annual Groovin’ The Moo festival, while also stopping in New Zealand to perform for fans explosive performances off his Traplord album. But instead of seeing the sights around Sydney when he got off the plane, A$AP Ferg made a beeline to one of […]

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