Tall is fabulous. Short has its merits, too

Both also have their drawbacks. If you want to look taller, keep to one colour, or wear subtle gradations of it. Jennifer Aniston almost always does this. That doesn’t mean this Hollywood A-lister never breaks out into pattern. But when she does, it’s usually stripes – worn on top. Below she’ll wear a colour that matches one of the stripes. Alternatively she wears a lot of toning colours.

French actress Catherine Deneuve makes her legs look longer by wearing heels and showing as much as them off as works within a fashion and age context. She also has very long arms, but ensures all is harmonious by rolling up her sleeves and wearing chunky bangles.

French actress Catherine Deneuve makes her legs look longer by wearing heels
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On the other hand, being too tall has its own challenges. Fashion designer and businessperson Jenna Lyons minimises her height (she’s 6ft 2in) by creating several horizontal lines in her outfits with colour and pattern.

Neck. The long and the short of it

You might think a long neck is something to aspire to. But it’s also a question of proportion, plus the condition of said body part. If a neck is creating the impression of a pinhead, or an overly long-stemmed flower, or simply throwing outfits off balance, then some retuning might be in order. Some people with seasoned eyes instinctively tweak what they’re wearing – they may not be able to articulate precisely why, they just know something looked wrong. Linda Rodin, the stylist, Instagram powerhouse and beauty entrepreneur, distracts from a long, thin neck with scarves and high necks.

Kate Winslet elongates her short neck by wearing deep necklines
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Kate Winslet elongates her short neck by wearing deep necklines and sweeping her hair from her face in low chignons that complement her strong jawline.

One to repliKate

Even if you’re not an undying Kate Middleton fan, it’s hard to argue that the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t do a good job with her clothes, elegantly bestriding the sometimes conflicting demands of Diplomacy Dressing and what is appropriate for her position, age and body.

The Duchess of Cambridge is good in patterns, but not oversized ones that swamp her slender frame
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Some time ago, she wore slightly raised waist to elongate her legs, softer fabrics to make her seem less angular, and V-neck and bust darts to emphasise her curves. She’s good in patterns, but not oversized ones that swamp her slender frame. Polka dot dresses are clearly her favourite.

Mind the curves

Ashley Graham is a classic example of how even the clingiest clothes don’t require a thin body, provided they’re in top-quality fabrics and balanced out with accessories, shoes and the right cuts. She uses colour and lines to throw her curves into the most flattering spotlight, accentuating her hips to make her waist look smaller. Where to shop? If you’re curvy, it’s really worth buying quality.

Ashley Graham is a classic example of how even the clingiest clothes don’t require a thin body
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Miuccia Prada has teeny, birdy legs, and a more solid torso. A fabulous patterned tunic and trouser suit balances out both features. (It’s definitely not for hourglass figures, as it would hide those perfectly proportioned curves.) The fact that she doesn’t have an especially defined waist doesn’t stop her from wearing her beloved full skirts, however. She always wears them with slightly loose blouses that make her bust look small and create some volume above the waist, creating a smaller waist look.

Who wears the pant?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, too has teeny legs and a square-ish body. She doesn’t always get it right, but the trouser suit she wore early on in her time in Britain was a masterclass in what she looks best in: Crisp slim trousers that showcase her elegant ankles and a jacket that doesn’t force a waistline but hints subtly at one by featuring a very slight peplum.

The Duchess of Sussex has teeny legs and a square-ish body
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Rather than trying to squeeze a waist where there isn’t one, she creates adjacent volume: Here the defined hips create an illusion of a smaller waist.

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