Look of the Week: How to Look Taller

Look of the Week: How to Look Taller

Happy Monday ladies! My drizzly weekend was spent in boots, a fedora, and a coat. Our temperature swings are nothing compared to what some of you are dealing with but still no fun. I am so ready for spring, how about you?

At 5’4″ and shrinking, I’m always looking for ways to look taller. It’s all about illusion and some tools work better than others. Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Stella by Adrian AllenOne of the easiest ways to lengthen the look of your legs is with high heels but many of us have feet issues. Another way is to wear a column of color, any color, and the failproof way is to wear a nude shoe. Today I did all 3.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Stella by Adrian Allen

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Adrian Allen shoes

These are the Stella by Adrian Allen. They’re designed by Gwen Allen who launched her business to bring comfortable heels to women who wanted feminine, fashionable heels that don’t sacrifice comfort.
Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Stella platform by Adrian Allen

I chose a column of white topped with a short denim jacket. White earrings carry the eye up and nude shoes carry it down. A darker shoe would stop the eye and make my legs, and me, look shorter.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Stella Sandal by Adrian Allen

These shoes have a 1/2″ platform which makes the heel equivalent to 2″. This shoe will also be beautiful with a dress, as I showed you here with the black version. I will now wear those dresses with the nude version and reserve the black for pants.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Stella by Adrian Allen

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Stella by Adrian Allen

The back zipper is topped by an on-trend tassel that’s swingy and fun. It’s cushioned insole makes these sandals comfortable enough to wear all day and into the evening. These can take you almost everywhere in comfort, even dressed up for a summer wedding.

Have a look at the entire collection of comfortable shoes here.

Thank you to Adrian Allen for partnering on this post. They provided the shoe and I was compensated; all opinions are my own.

A big thank you to you, my readers for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you new products and continue this blog.

Have a great day ladies and make it a stylish one.




  1. Jane B.
    April 9, 2018 / 3:49 am

    I love everything about this outfit, and you look great in it! White jeans and a denim jacket are still on my wish list, as are a comfortable sandal with a heel. I think a bit of shopping is on my to-do list today! Glad you are having some better weather. Still waiting for Spring to actually arrive here.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      Thanks Jane. It’s one of my favorite looks for spring!

  2. Margarer
    April 9, 2018 / 4:10 am

    Love this outfit! Very pretty shoes! I really like your purse too, can you tell us more about it? Thanks so much, I really enjoy your posts. They always start my day off right.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks. The purse is from Trina Turk several years ago. I am a big fan of straw and wicker bags in unusual shapes.

  3. Kathleen
    April 9, 2018 / 4:12 am

    Great look today and not just the clothing. You’re looking trim and fit in your all white. Moving and house hunting looks good on you.

  4. Monica
    April 9, 2018 / 4:54 am

    Great outfit. Looking forward to wearing white jeans soon. It is still too cold here. Just wanted to say that your hair looks perfect!

  5. April 9, 2018 / 5:01 am

    The Vivienne Files did a great series on column of color vs. different top/bottom colors. I was 100% converted.
    A Breton shirt with blue or black stripes on a white background, worn with white pants, also works. Or white stripes on a black background, with black pants. You don’t need solids, in other words, as long as the background color is dominant enough and matches the pants or skirt.
    I love those shoes. Often the soles on heeled shoes are so thin, my toes ache from the pounding. But that cushioned platform looks comfortable. And the style reminds me of my dancing shoes when I was into Argentine tango. Classic!

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      You’re right!! They do resemble dancing shoes. And are so comfy.

  6. Yvonne
    April 9, 2018 / 5:02 am

    You look absolutely fabulous in that outfit. I love your hairstyle!
    We had snow flurries over the weekend and the forecast is for more this week!!! This isn’t normal April weather, by now I am usually wearing spring clothes, but still have my winter coats, boots and gloves out.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Oh that’s just nasty. Sorry!

  7. Dianne
    April 9, 2018 / 5:22 am

    What about the rest of your outfit? I love the cut of your jeans!

  8. Sheila
    April 9, 2018 / 5:52 am

    Best look ever and you wear it well. Your hair looks great, and you show no sign of the moving stress you’ve been through. I enjoy your blog!

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 7:54 am

      Thanks Sheila! I must hide it well but I’m breaking out like crazy????

  9. patval
    April 9, 2018 / 6:37 am

    Sometimes simple is the way to go. This outfit is simple elegance in my book. I have everything in my closet to achieve your look. Thanks for the inspiration. You look wonderful in this outfit. patval

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 7:53 am

      Go for it! That’s what is great about having a wardrobe with good bones!

  10. marlene alves
    April 9, 2018 / 6:43 am

    My first thought: BEST LOOK YET….fresh, youthful, flattering in color & style!

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 7:51 am

      You’re so sweet, thanks Gayle. I love the look too

  11. Gayle VanOrder
    April 9, 2018 / 6:46 am

    Jennifer you look absolutely stunning. Love all your suggestions to look taller and the slimming appeal of color and shoes. Your haircut is so stylish too! Life is Good!

  12. Allison J
    April 9, 2018 / 6:46 am

    This is the best outfit !!! colors look fabulous on you, you look ten years younger. I’m sorry but the black and wild prints just don’t do anything for you, only my opinion.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Thanks Allison. I like it too. I like to try and show lots of looks here so we can all learn. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Janet
    April 9, 2018 / 6:55 am

    This might just be my favorite outfit on you. It looks like you thought of every detail. Love the earrings.

    You have talked about having problems with hair but the cut and color looks perfect. I’m in the process of letting my gray grow in adding highlights and low lights which was inspired by you. Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 7:48 am

      I went through an awkward hair phase this winter but seem to be past it now. I cut it a bit shorter and that seemed to help. Good luck with your color. It’s been a while since I added any and I have been enjoying the grow out. Have a great day

  14. suzanne white
    April 9, 2018 / 7:05 am

    This is a great look. And you look so polished and put together.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 7:45 am

      Thanks I will wear it often.

  15. L H Carter
    April 9, 2018 / 7:30 am

    Double wow—for how your hair looks and the clothes look! You totally look like a California girl in spring time with the white, tan, and denim palette.

  16. Carolyn
    April 9, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I love white – have many crops, shorts and pants. I find it hard to find tee shirts that aren’t too clingy or see-through. I remember a few years ago when I was wearing a white jacket with white pants. It was chilly so I had the jacket closed. As I was heading out one day, one of my neighbor’s asked me if I was a nurse. Now I make sure I always have some color showi ng!

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      That’s funny! That would mean I look like a waiter when I wear a white shirt and black pants;)

  17. Val
    April 9, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Loved everything about today’s post, Jennifer. Your hair always looks cute but lately it’s been looking EXTRA cute! Thanks for all you share with us!

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks for being here Val!

  18. Lynn McClain
    April 9, 2018 / 8:43 am

    This is your best look ever!!! Wow! You look so slim and youthful. You should wear light colored shoes with everything – so flattering. My MIL was only 4’10” and when she wore black shoes that’s all one saw…but in light shoes her outfit was more noticeable.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      Black shoes definitely draw the eye…I will be wearing nude shoes more often:) Thanks

  19. Laurel
    April 9, 2018 / 9:01 am

    Like others, I love this look! It’s just a perfect blend of casual and classy. Those earrings are to die for. Can you share whose jeans those are? They’re really flattering.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 3:45 pm

      The jeans are my new favorite white ones! Remember, I am short so they look full length on me:) Here they are.

  20. Cathy
    April 9, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Thanks, great post, I just bought nude color shoes at 5’2″ I can use all the help with height I can get! I love your purse too.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      You will love the visual boost they give you!

  21. linda mcweeney
    April 9, 2018 / 11:56 am

    The outfit is great shoes are beautiful unfortunately not all of us can afford 300.00 for a pair of shoes

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      Women do all have different budgets so I share all price points to serve all my readers.

    • April 9, 2018 / 4:19 pm

      I don’t have a big clothing budget either, Linda, but I love to take inspiration from blogs like this one and then create similar looks at my own price point. I do that in three different ways… by finding similar looking items from less expensive brands, by shopping sales racks, and by visiting my favourite thrift stores.

      • Jennifer
        April 9, 2018 / 6:00 pm

        Great idea Elaine!!

  22. April 9, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Though looking taller isn’t an issue for me (I’m 5’8″) I love this look! Our temperatures are finally beginning to creep up above the freezing point, so perhaps the day will finally come when I can pull out my warmer weather clothes and footwear.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Lucky you! I would so love to be even one inch taller.

  23. Susan
    April 9, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    I love this look!

  24. Joanna
    April 9, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    I love this outfit! It looks youthful and fun. You look playful in these pics. Was your hubby flirting with you? ????

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      We were laughing! We always have fun together.

  25. April 9, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Sensational look

  26. April 10, 2018 / 6:41 am

    I have these shoes and just think they are so beautiful! I love how you styled yours and will be using it for inspiration!

  27. Ramit
    April 10, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Jennifer, this outfit formula works and you look great in it! I’m relatively new to your blog but already appreciate your good advice and open spirit – showing not only what works but what doesn’t, which seems to be rare in such blogs. ???? You got me laughing at ” 5’4″ and shrinking” which is exactly where I am too. I suspect we’re far from alone in this!

    • Jennifer
      April 10, 2018 / 5:58 pm

      Welcome! I think many of us have the same issue:)

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