Find Your Fit: Long Legs and a Short Torso

June 25, 2018 by Eliza Huber

Let’s be real, shopping for pieces that flatter your body shape can be difficult. Most women don’t neatly fall into one of the six well-documented body shapes (i.e., pear, long and tall, curvy, petite, hourglass, and boyish). However, with a little research, finding the right clothes for your unique body type doesn’t have to be daunting. When searching for body type-specific styling, there’s one body type that’s regularly overlooked: long legs and a short torso. Below, we outlined the best ways to flatter your shape.

What to Look For: Longer Tops

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Balance out your frame with a longer top. When worn untucked, a top that falls a little below your natural waistline will make your torso look longer. Opt for a stylish tunic or an oversized blouse to elongate your short torso.

What to Look For: Drop-waist Dresses

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Dresses that fall right below your natural waistline will also make your torso appear longer. Opt for a wrap dress that falls right above the knee to make your legs look longer and draw attention away from your waist.

What to Look For: Low Necklines

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Low necklines such as v-necks and scoop necks draw the eyes downward, away from the upper body and towards those long legs. Remember to keep your shirt untucked to keep your torso looking long.

What to Look For: Low-rise Pants

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Low-rise pants (pants that sit below your natural waistline) help equalize your long legs and short torso. Try a pair of wide-leg pants in a low-rise emphasize your leg line without making you look disproportionate. This trending style will create the look of a longer torso by drawing the eye downward..