Following on my series on Body Proportions – today we’re looking at the dressing challenges of those with a shorter body and longer legs.
You may still have a balanced chin to mid-bust point proportion, if you do, or even have a longer proportion here, add detail with interesting necklines and jewellery above the bust.
It is likely you will be short from mid-bust to waist – your rib cage most likely sits almost directly on top of your pelvis with little gap in between, this is why you don’t have a defined waist, as there is no space to create one. If this is you, avoid any waist detail, bypass the waist and definitely don’t add horizontal detail at this point. Instead wear empire detail, just below the bust, which will give you the illusion of a longer waist.
Skim over your waist and end tops no shorter than the hip bone. Avoid multiple layers of tops (which can look great on those with a longer waist), instead, make sure your top layer ends at the same point or longer than your under layers.
Don’t tuck. If you are very slim you can belt with a narrow belt at the waist. Otherwise if you wish to belt make it a hip belt.
Mid-rise or low-rise pants are best for you, avoid high waist garments as they will further shorten your body.
If you have slim legs, feel free to look for interesting pocket detail on skirts and trousers. Skirts can have pattern, or other detail such as ruffles or braiding at the hem. Shoes can be low or high vamp. You will have an easier time of carrying off a flat shoe than your shorter legged friends.