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In general, women with hourglass-shaped bodies can wear any outfit save a potato sack to show off their assets. However, having a short waist means you need to create the optical illusion of length along your upper body and through your waistline. Some basic tweaks to your style, fit, and color and print choices will visually elongate your torso while emphasizing your curves.
Wear well-fitting and supportive undergarments. Your bra should lift your breasts to create a definite line between your torso and your waist.
Choose blouses, tanks, T-shirts, sweaters, blazers and outerwear that have deep V-necks. These cuts highlight the curves of your torso. Do not tuck your tops into your waistband because this visually cuts off your waistline. Wear tops you can leave untucked, such as long, skinny shirts or tunics.
Opt for sleek-fitting styles. Bulky and oversize styles hide your fabulous figure. You don't have to go skin-tight bombshell with a Lycra mini-dress, just look for pieces that lightly skim or drape your torso. Some options include fitted tops that narrow at the waist, cardigan sweaters in thin knits and dresses that hug your torso and flow through the waist.
Stick to skirts, shorts, pants or dresses with lower waists. A dropped, hipster or low-slung waist that falls below your natural waistline tricks the eye into seeing a longer waist.
Accessorize with caution. A belt can bring in your waist to show off your hourglass figure, but it also draws attention to your midsection. Resolve this issue by wearing narrow, solid-colored belts in the same color as your top. The belts should drape your hips rather than cinch your waist.
Avoid cropped shirts, jackets, shrugs and sweaters that visually shorten your torso and waist areas.