What to Wear for My Long Torso & Short Legs

Wearing straight skirt styles is one way to balance out a long torso and short legs.

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Shopping can be stressful to begin with, especially when you need to find clothes that specifically flatter your body. If you have a long torso and short legs it's easy to get frustrated while shopping, but there are certainly ways to flatter your shape! A woman with a long torso has the advantage of looking long and lean on her upper half. If you have a long torso but short legs, that just means you have to work a little harder to elongate your lower half and balance out your proportions. It's all about highlighting your best features and you have a ton of those!


If you have short legs but a long torso, whenever you gain weight, chances are it goes straight to your hips and thighs. A quick way to slim the appearance of a larger lower half is to wear dark colors like black or navy. These colors may seem drab, but they help to detract attention from the lower half, all the while making you look just a little slimmer. Just because you wear black on your lower half doesn't mean you can't wear bright colors on your top half! Bold-colored tops are attention-grabbing and help express your bright personality.

Straight-leg Styles

It's one thing to dress for a casual day with your girlfriends, but what about work attire? It is sometimes challenging shopping for clothes that are both professional and fashionable but don't let this discourage you. Straight-leg pants and skirts are a flattering option for long-torso women because they help balance out the proportions in the lower body. A women with a long torso tends to have a lower waistline, so by wearing pants and skirts that sit higher on the body, you create the illusion that your waist is higher than it really is.

Tops and Jackets

When picking out a top to pair with you favorite pair of jeans, try sticking to styles that hit at your waistline. Anything too long draws attention to your long torso and detracts from your best features. Wearing a cropped jacket helps make you look more proportioned throughout the body. For a trendy look, opt for a leather or shearing jacket, or keep it casual in a tailored jacket that is more work-appropriate. If you have a thin waist, you can emphasize this with a medium-sized belt. Tucking your shirt into your pants or skirt is another quick fix for looking a bit taller.

Styles to Avoid

As with any body shape, there are always going to be styles that you should avoid. Since your waist is already lower than most, steer clear of low-waisted pants. This style only draws attention to your low waist and that's the last thing you want! If you are on the short side, try not to wear long tops because they will most likely showcase your short legs rather than create a more proportioned appearance. Cropped pants will probably shorten the overall look of your legs so it's best to avoid this summer option also!

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