Tips on Dressing a Short Waisted Body Type
The goal of this blog has always been to share my style tips and secrets with you. I am in no way an expect when it comes to fashion, but I do like to experiment with my style, and I think I have a general idea of what looks good on me. We all want to put our best foot forward when it comes to our own personal style and to be the best version of ourselves as possible. To achieve this, we must have a strong understanding of our body type and know what looks best on our unique shape. Are you short waisted? Do you have a long torso? Big busted or short legged? These are all things you need to consider when getting dressed in the morning.
Unfortunately, I was blessed with not a lot of room between my waist and my chest, meaning I’m short waisted. Pair that with the fact I have a larger chest and dressing my unique body shape becomes a challenge. If you too have this same problem, here’s some of my tips for looking and feeling your best. The easiest thing you can do, to give the illusion of a longer, leaner torso is to wear V-neck tops. From tees, blouses and sweaters, wearing something with a plunging neckline will elongate your upper half.
An uplifting bra is key. We all know the importance of a well-fitting bra, but for us short waisted gals, it’s crucial. Since we don’t have a lot of real estate on our upper half, we can’t afford to have our “girls” drooping. It will cut into the valuable space we have from our chest to bellybutton and leave us looking even shorter.
As much as I love a good high-rise jean for sucking everything in, it can actually shorten you. You’ll have less space between your natural waistline and chest, shortening your entire body. A low to mid-rise pant or jean on the other hand will make your lower half look a tad shorter, bringing the eyes up, and creating the appearance of a well proportion body.
Another way you can help lengthen your upper body, is to half tuck your tops into your bottoms. You don’t always have to leave everything untucked and sloppy; a simple half tuck will create the illusion of a longer torso. It will create length on your upper body and create perfect proportion.
As for dresses, you want to look for either a shift dress or drop- waist one. A shift dress hangs straight down from the shoulder, is loose from the body and features clean, simple lines, whereas a drop- waisted dress features a low waistband and falls in line with the hips and natural level of the waist. Both will elongate the body and create the illusion of a longer torso.
Finally, don’t be afraid to play with oversized and long blazers and cardigans. This will help extend the length of the torso and trick the eye into a slightly shorter bottom. Of course, you’ll want to pair that with some height in the heel, so your legs don’t become too short and maybe even tuck in your top to help further lengthen your upper body.
What I Wore- Blouse- Zara, Watch- c/o Victoria Emerson, Bracelets – c/o Pandora, Bracelets- c/o Six N Stone, Shoes- Nine West