Not sure if you have short legs and a long body? Head over to this post to figure it out (psst…it’s not hard), and then come right back.
Now that you’ve determined you have a long torso and short legs, let’s talk about how to look taller and slimmer. It’s all about creating optical illusions, the magic of fashion!
For quite a few years, we were wearing long, loose tops over skinny jeans, leggings, and pants…but that’s totally changed!
The silhouette and proportions that are current in 2022, are totally in your corner! Woo, hoo! Now pants and skirts are high waisted. Your short waisted sisters are crying a bit, but it’s your time!!
One thing…these are general tips. Depending on YOUR exact body type, you may want to adjust the tips a bit.
If you want to know EXACTLY what to wear for EXACT BODY SHAPE AND PROPORTIONS, check out the Dress Your Body Shape Guide.
If you found you’re long waisted with short legs, I’ve rounded up exactly what to wear below with my best advice to make your short legs look longer and your torso look a bit shorter.
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What to wear if you have short legs and a long torso
High waisted skirts
By raising your waistline to a spot above your natural waist, your waist appears higher and your legs look longer. Since your torso has plenty of room, high waists should also be comfortable for you.
Skirts are especially flattering, because it’s less obvious where your legs start…nobody can see where your short legs start…make sense? Ah, but of course there are lots of other options for you, too!
High-rise pants and jeans
A similar concept…pants with a higher rise elongate your legs.
Low-rise, or hip huggers, mimic your body proportions and emphasize your short legs–avoid these!
Full length pants
It’s also best to go with full length pants, so you don’t break your leg line.
Your legs only look as long as your pants. By wearing long pants, with heels if possible, your legs look much longer than they truly are. And your legs will look even longer if your pants are LONG, a.k.a. almost touching the ground.
Consider wearing shoes the color of your pants to extend the long line. At the very least, dark shoes with dark hems and light shoes with light hems.
Full length, wide leg pants are super in style. They can be a bit tricky to wear, so to elongate your legs, wear a pointy toe shoe with at least a small heel, if not higher, for your best look.
Tuck whenever possible
Tucking tops in (and wearing belts in the same color as your pants) creates a horizontal line across your torso, breaking it up, making your mid-section look shorter and your body as a whole appear more in balance.
Avoid cropped pants
Ugh, rules! Capris/crops aren’t great. They make your leg look short.
That said, I’m not about to tell y’all you can’t wear cropped pants in the summer heat! Simply wear shoes that match your pants and if possible, wear a top in a similar color to the crops.
Blouses and tops
The style blouse you wear will largely depend upon your body shape; however, you can rely on tucked in basics, waist length and cropped tops and blouses. (Um, it’s up to you to decide if ya wanna show your tummy!)
Dresses allow the eye to bypass your natural waist, making your legs look a mile long! Empire waists are an especially good option. Deciding on dress styles will have more to do with your body shape; however, if you’re tall, you may want to look for TALL styles, so the waist hits you in the right place.
Low vamped shoes
These are low cut, slip on styles without any type of strap on your ankle, making your leg look as long as possible. An ankle strap or high vamped shoe, i.e. covers most of your foot, cuts off your leg, right then and there…similar to a capri pant.
Pointed toe shoes
Pointed toe shoes extend your leg line. If you’re wearing pants, go for a similar color.
Over to you…how do you like these styles? Will you wear them to help balance your figure?
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