Discover How to Flatter the Longer Torso Shorter Legs Proportional Body
How to Flatter Your Long Torso and Shorter Legs Body
Prints and Patterns
- Ideally wear prints and patterns on your top half, keeping your bottom half free of detail and interest.
- If you do want to wear a patterned bottom, draw attention up to your top using a lighter/brighter colour from the print in your top.
- Keep prints busy and dense so they don’t create too much of a focal point
- If you’re long in the chin to mid bust point – and this is very common, avoid strapless or spaghetti straps as you will appear to have a very low bustline.
- Keep necklaces on the shorter side to no longer than the bust peak.
- A well fitting bra is of course imperative to all body proportions.
- If you’re long from mid-bust to waist, avoid empire lines as they further elongate your body.
- Wide belts are usually really flattering for your body, they will break up this long proportion and draw attention to your smaller waist.
- Wear higher waisted garments.
- Avoid low-rise trousers and jeans.
- Look for tops with ruffles, pattern or detail through to distract if you feel very long through this proportion.
- If you are long in the rise (that’s the crotch to waist) measurement, don’t wear waistbands on your natural waist as you will appear unnaturally long in this measurement, instead opt for mid-rise pants and tops that end around your hip bone.
- You can layer two tops if one is cropped.
- As a longer bodied person, avoid ending tops at or past your leg break, keep them shorter to the hip bone, or for longer line jackets, down to just above the knee.
- To elongate your legs, wear pants with no cuffs and avoid pocket detail.
- Look for vertical creases, seams and pattern (such as pinstripes).
- Match shoes to pants, and wear your pants as long as possible.
- If you like heels, they’ll add length and balance to your body, but they are by no means compulsory!
- Wedges and platforms can be a good alternative to high heels to give your legs back what nature did not provide.
- For skirts and dresses, keep them hemmed around the knee (just above, on, or just below, depending on your legs and knees), unless you’re rocking a maxi dress.
- Knee-high boots are great in winter, and nude shoes and sandals are perfect in summer. Blend hosiery to shoes and boots for a long, seamless look.
- Low vamps on shoes will add extra inches to your legs.
It’s important to remember that body proportions are just as important as body shape when figuring out what suits your figure. If you’re not sure about your shape you can take my free body shape calculator quiz here and download your Body Shape Bible, or if you’d like my professional opinion, you can get this as part of my 7 Steps to Style program which delves into all the elements of the style puzzle to help you really hone and refine your style.