Finding the right clothing to flatter your figure is a daunting task. It’s already difficult if you haven’t identified your figure as apple, pear-shaped, hourglass, rectangle or inverted triangle. If you’re unsure which body type you would fall under be sure to check How To Wear The Right Clothes for Your Body Type.

Then to further complicate the issue, you discover your legs are longer than the upper half of your body. You might have a short torso if:

  • Your tops tend to run long
  • Blouses that are cinched waist or peplum hit you in an awkward place
  • Mid-rise jeans and pencil skirts tend to fit like high-rise
  • Accessorizing with a belt seems to give you unbalanced proportions

As a short-waisted woman, you may find that tops and dresses tend to bunch up or get baggy around your mid-section.

Balancing your proportions will create the illusion that you have a perfect figure. To do this you need to find clothing that elongates your upper half to give you a longer leaner balance.

For petite women that is short-waisted, not every trend is worth it. For example, high-waisted pants will not flatter your figure.

So what can you wear? Don’t fret! We at FMag have put together a list of figure flattering options for your short waist:

1. Avoid high-waisted jeans and trousers. A high-waist will set you off balance. Select low-rise pants to create a proper proportion for your body. Cuffed pants are your best friend. 

2. Look for straight, flared or tapered legs when looking for pants. This will give you an inverted triangle look. Distresses jeans will draw the eye downward.

3. Camouflage your short waist by keeping your shirts untucked. By allowing the top to drape pst your waistband elongates your torso. Make sure that the tops are medium to long in length. Steer clear of tops with a boatneck style neckline, wide horizontal patterns and voluminous sleeves, which will only compress your silhouette.


4. To avoid looking shorter, select longer tops. This gives the illusion that your upper body is longer. Plunging necklines will elongate your frame. Trick the eye into creating length with a pattern top.

5. When selecting shirts, go sleeveless, three quarter or long-sleeved. Choose a v-neck or top neckline. An exposed neckline will elongate your short torso. 

6. Choose dresses that flow over your waistline and have a drop waist, this will create length through your midsection. Shorter dresses will make your legs look fabulous and further lengthen your lower half. A faux wrap dress in an A-line shape will give you a defined shape without drawing all the attention to your waist.

7. Use colors and patterns to your advantage. Draw attention to your lower half by wearing a bright colored bottom.

8. Choose long necklaces and scarves to create a longer body line. Cold earrings draw the eye upward.

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