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So you’re a full-figured petite lady, just a huggable cutie that looks good in any number of styles. Don’t let the tall, leggy models keep you from trying on some of the latest trendy fashions. Instead, embrace your figure; tweak and tailor dresses, pants and coats to flatter your fabulous self and walk with confidence into any room.
Shoes are the short woman’s entry into the world of pants. You don’t have to worry about shortening every pair you buy or avoiding the wide-leg pants that could make you look stubby. Instead, add two, three or four inches to your legs with heels. Choose from a wide range of spikes that work well with everything from a tailored pantsuit to the latest skinny jeans and straight, form-fitting skirts. Of course, you'll want a stunning pair of four-inch stilettos to wear with your long formal gowns to keep the hems from dragging on the ground. Go for chunky heels with swingy skirts and wide-legged jeans. And always make sure your toes peek out from under the hem of your pants so they don’t appear stumpy.
It's in the Jeans
Go with a 28-inch inseam, which should fit most short bodies. Cropped jeans work well too, and cuffs are totally in if the length is still a little too long – even with your heels or on days when you opt for comfy tootsies in flats or running shoes. Stick with dark-colored jeans like black or dark washed jeans to hide any bumps or lumps you may be carrying. Wear colorful tops to take the focus off the extra weight you might be carrying around your hips and thighs, and definitely avoid fancy jewels or embroidery on the jeans. Simple is the most effective style for your large, short torso.
If you want to create the illusion that you are taller and slimmer, try a high-waisted dress. The empire waistline that falls just below your breasts allows for plenty of long flowing material that seems to elongate your torso. Go strapless to show off your fit and firm shoulders. The latest look that will complement your figure is the empire waist dress that has extra material that ties just between your breasts. The extra layers of soft jersey or light silk hang down the front over the rest of the dress. It’s all illusion and lovely innuendo under those layers as you sashay through the party.
Play up your curves instead of always trying to hide them under big tops or billowing swaths of silk. Use a belt to define your shapely torso. According to "Cosmopolitan," big, voluminous outfits can merely add to the chunky look you’re trying to avoid. Cinch your waist at its smallest spot instead to flatter your curvy torso. Wear long necklaces and beads over lean, snug tops tucked into the belt to add a little elongation to the overall picture and everyone will want to copy your style.