Long torso, short legs? No problem

3 May

Question:  Any suggestions for short legged and long waisted girls? (especially for pants).

Answer:  While I don’t know all the details (i.e your body shape, proportions), I can give you some good rules of thumb. The key is balance, creating ideal proportions on your body by controlling where garments hit you.  You want to lengthen the legs while shortening the waist, at the same time.  My first inclination would be to recommend tops and jackets that hit above your natural waist. Try a cropped jacket or blouse with horizontal or diagonal lines/details in the upper bodice.  This breaks up the long line of your uber-long torso and draws attention up rather than down to your long waist.

At the same time, pants should be higher or normal rise.  While you’re creating interest in the upper body with details (i.e. bows, shirred sleeves or shoulders), lengthen your legs with tapered pants, skinny jeans, or straight leg cuts.  If you choose a flared leg or boot cut, just make sure you are wearing high heels.  High-waisted jeans and pants are super stylish right now.  Even better are high-waisted pants with wide waist bands, which also breaks up your long torso.

In terms of shoes, heels, heels, heels.  Platforms are great ways to get height and they don’t kill your feet as much as a stiletto. If you want to expand beyond pants, try cute mini-skirts or mini-dresses with platform heels, or short shorts and a billowy top (just make sure these are appropriate for the occasion).

I hope this helps! Happy Shopping!


4 Responses to “Long torso, short legs? No problem”

  1. Fashion Sensei May 15, 2008 at 5:28 am #

    Thanks for adding me as your refrence. I’m glad you found my post useful. 😀

  2. Some Guy March 22, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    I agree with most of the advice above, but I don’t think tapered- or skinny pants look especially good on short legged people. At best, they accentuate the smallness of the lower body–and make it look even smaller! That’s especially true if someone has wide hips. (Notice all the links above point to models with long legs; short legged people look totally different in those styles.) Not good.

    Another tip: light colored pants with dark top should be avoided, unless the top is really short and layered over something else that’s light. Usually better to go with either light-light or dark-dark combinations if you don’t want to layer things.

  3. Patricia December 22, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    What I have a hard time with is finding clothes that actually fit. All the pants are way too long and all the shirts are way to short. I have to get a size larger for it to fit my torso and then of course it doesn’t fit right because in all actuallity I’m a size smaller. All the women in my family have this problem and we could use help! 🙂

    • Zovig December 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

      Let me introduce you to the best man in the world – the tailor. It’s a completely common for women to have to make adjustments to clothing when bought from the stores. They are rarely perfect off the rack. I too deal with pants that are too long–I had to make peace with that early on and get them shortened. I knew that I’d factor a $15-$20 tailoring fee into any pair of pants or jeans I bought. As for the tops being too short, for that too, you’ll have to have dress shirts taken in. Buy them a size larger and then have the waist nipped. But if it’s a casual outfit, you can compensate by making sure your pants are high-rise (or mid-rise at least) and then add a layer under your top with an extra long tissue-thin tank or camisole. The extra layer will be light enough so you don’t overheat or add volume to your outfit, and it adds a layer of color or texture to your outfit making it more interesting. You can start taking advantage of the great oversized, slouchy sweaters and cardigans to put over your tops. And, start experimenting with tunics – tops that are intentionally longer and hit below the belt line but no lower than your hip.
      I hope that helps!

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