Ahhh…body types…we all have one…and depending on which one you have, you may or may not be able to pull certain looks off.
I believe I’ve only mentioned on this blog a million few times that I have a short torso, which is both a blessing and a curse. Short torso’d ladies usually have long legs to compensate for their lack of a body, which is great because it gives the illusion of being taller than we really are (sorry my long-torso’d readers…that means it’s way easier for you to look shorter than you really are…not fair…I know). But, what we have in long legs, we lack in an upper-body, so we often have a much harder time defining our waists, and generally look awful in styles that are high-waisted or tucked in (I call it “spider-body”…ick!).
For a very long time, I thought it just wasn’t in the cards for me to ever wear anything tucked in. I avoided it at all costs, and it was only very recently that I gave it a try with the determination to make it work.
Well…I think I have a magic formula that I’d like to share with my fellow short-torso’d ladies out there…and it goes a little something like this:
1. Low-rise bottoms - The lower the bottom waist-band lies, the longer your torso looks. These Paige jeans have a very low rise, so they help to deceive the eye in thinking my torso is longer than it really is. When wearing skirts, one that sits at the high hip rather than the actual waist works best.
2. Add a belt – The belt adds a lengthening effect when it’s in a similar color palette to the top. It doesn’t have to match, but it should be a similar color, brightness, hue, etc. The second photo above shows just how much the belt helped to elongate my torso. The belt can also be added last, to nip in the waist on a cardigan.
3. Add a longer top layer – Adding a top layer that falls past the bottom’s waist-band also helps trick the eye into thinking the torso is longer than it really is. Here I used a blazer, but longer cardigans work great too (try buttoning the cardigan into an “X” shape, or use the belt from tip #2 to nip in the waist.
4. Add long necklaces - Long necklaces just finish off the look, and works once again to elongate the torso.
Wallah! This short-torso’d gal has just tucked-in!
I’d love to hear if this “formula” is successful for fellow short-torso’d ladies! Let me know in the comments!