How To Dress a Short Torso 10 Petite Fashion Tips

By on October 17, 2014
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Ann-Lauren-Editor-Bella-PetiteFor many of us, selecting the right clothes for a figure flattering fit may be a daunting task.  Especially if you have not properly identified your figure type as apple, pear shaped, hour glass, rectangle (athletic) or inverted triangle.

Then, to complicate matters, you discover your legs are longer than your upper body and your hip line is higher than half of your height, meaning proportionally you have a short torso.Five-Figure-Types

You may find that tops and dresses are an issue because they tend to bunch up, or they are baggy around your mid-section and that’s not flattering.

In order to create the illusion of a perfect figure, you must balance your proportions.  To do this you must select tops, pants, skirts and dresses that elongate your torso to give you the perfect proportional balance for a longer leaner you!

For petite women with a short torso, I personally suggest that not every fashion trend offered each season is worth paying attention too like for instance high-waisted pants, shorts and skirts. This trend too shall pass relatively fast, so don’t participate if you want to look your best! That’s my best advice, because as we all know fashion trends along with fashion designers don’t always have your figure in mind (like our proportion & proper scale) when scheming up a new trend.

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  2. Lauren Ferretti

    March 21, 2014 at 1:29 am

    I am truly delighted to glance at Bella Petite posts which contains lots of helpful facts, thanks for providing these information. You are the best online magazine for petite women!

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  5. Melissa

    June 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Ann Lauren you have empowered petite women all around the world I am in England and learned about you from MOD! This is the best magazine for me and you are truly beautiful!

  6. Giselle

    June 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This is the best magazine your fashion advice is so good for me I like what you do here and I hope to learn more of your fashion, fitness and beauty secrets your beauty is iconic and will be forever symbolic for petite women! Luv your radio show too when will you be on tv with it? Hope soon!

  7. Summer

    June 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I love what you do Ann Lauren you are the petite woman I want to follow and so inspiring to see all that you have accomplished for petite women to become fashion models! You are so beautiful both inside and out! 🙂

  8. Gine Esposito

    June 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for this magazine Ann Lauren! You are so gorgeous and smart I really appreciate your hard work and effort for us petite ladies the best magazine in the world for me!

  9. Cari

    July 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I see a lot of interesting articles on your magazine I luv your home page it looks great!
    You have to spend a lot of time writing it shows with the excellent topics and your writing skills are awesome! Miss Ann Lauren you are absolutely beautiful and you are so kind to discover more petite models and give them opportunity with your magazine I have good experience with entering your model search and hope to be a cover girl some day 🙂

  10. Kellen

    July 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Miss Lauren you have the best magazine on the net! You are beautiful, smart and inspiring woman thanks for all you do!

  11. Heloisa

    July 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Oh god, wish I’d found your site earlier! So much helpful information! Thank you for making such a complete guide!


  12. Hugh

    July 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    What a gorgeous lady Miss Lauren you are my dream girl very beautiful indeed!

  13. Christi

    July 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Great information I really luv what you do Ann Lauren!

  14. Darci

    July 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Ann Lauren you rock and you are always so helpful and delightful its no wonder you are such a beauty!

  15. Montgormery

    July 28, 2014 at 3:40 am

    You are the best Ann Lauren you have a great magazine here and I read it every day! keep up the good work 🙂

  16. Boca

    July 31, 2014 at 1:28 am

    These fashion tips Miss Lauren are so helpful for me I have a short torso and some times don’t know what to do. Thanks!

  17. Daisy

    August 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I think this is one of the most significant information and tips for me! I’m glad reading your article it is very helpful Miss Lauren. You are gorgeous and smart to have created this magazine I love your fashion articles. The web site style is ideal, all of the articles are really excellent :D. Good job, cheers

  18. Sharon

    August 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you Miss Ann Lauren for your fantastic fashion advice! I love your magazine and I am a big fan of yours I especially love your radio show! You have created a great magazine Bella Petite is my fav by far! I feel confident about my petiteness because of you 🙂

  19. Camille

    August 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Hello! I’m 18 years old, and I have a short waist and long legs (boyish figure). I was wondering with the “in-style” being high waisted shorts and a crop top, can I still wear that even though I’m short waisted? If not, what can i pair my crop tops with so I will have awesome concert and party outfits?!

  20. Singa

    August 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Miss Ann Lauren thank you for helping me to be proud to be petite! You are the most inspiring person on the net today! You have dared to think differently than the world of fashion and that is awesome!

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  22. Boca

    September 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Fab advice thanks so much! Love to see your clothing too!

  23. Felicita

    September 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Great advice BellaPetite you should have clothing too!

  24. Brittney

    September 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    This is very helpful advice I really enjoy this magazine everyday thanks to you Ann!

  25. Denise

    September 20, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I follow everything you do and really like your advice would like to have more of it on your magazine 🙂

  26. Wie

    September 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Hi my friend! I want to say that this post is awesome, nice written and come with almost all important infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

  27. Barbra

    September 26, 2014 at 6:31 am

    All of these fashion tips are so helpful! I just hate how all the clothing out today is so unflattering for us petite girls with short torsos 🙁

  28. Liz

    January 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

    For some reason I’ve found the complete opposite of a lot of these tips to be more flattering. Maybe it’s because I’m not as petite as some people at 5’2.5″ and have an hour glass figure but I’ve found high rise pants to be the best thing that ever happened to me. I always wore low rise pants because I thought they would correct my proportions, but really they only made me look like I had a muffin top. I’d have to have no body fat to feel comfortable wearing lower rise pants now and I only weigh 105. Also, boat neck tops are one of the most flattering styles on me. I definitely have a “short” waist but I also have high hips. I thought that was the way it was for a lot of petite girls/women though. Guess not?

  29. Carol

    January 31, 2015 at 4:55 am

    At 50, I’m probably a bit more “seasoned” than most women checking these tips, but that’s given me a lot of years to learn how to work with my short torso. As with many women, my weight has creeped with my age and I now describe myself as “boobs on top of hips” – really, there is virtually no space between the two! I haven’t read through the comments, so forgive me if these thoughts have already been thrown out, but here are some tricks I use consistently. Heels!! If you are comfortable in heels, wear them whenever you can. Added height will always elongate the entire body and if you’ve got long legs, they’ll look even more fantastic. Empire waist. It took me a long time to figure this one out, but it’s almost all I wear now. An empire waist gives the illusion of a longer torso and is SO much more comfortable. Tunic tops and dresses. I’ve always clung to the boho look of the 70s – a gauzy tunic dress feels like wearing a comfy nightgown and is great for a short torso. V-neck lines and skinny belts (empire waist again) also work well. Most importantly, as you age and gravity begins to take hold, make sure you are wearing a bra that fits properly and provides ample support. Hitch the girls up to avoid hiding the waistline entirely. Good luck, ladies!

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  31. Ainie

    April 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I’m an absolutely tiny girl, 4″10, with a torso that’s much too short to be proportional with my legs. I’ve always felt like I look dumpy and almost squashed in my clothes so these tips have really helped me to realise what I’ve been doing wrong all this time! 🙂

  32. Adeline

    November 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I really enjoy reading Bella Petite! Your tips are really great thanks.

  33. Lydia

    October 31, 2017 at 11:47 am

    But that’s the thing, I don’t to necessarily “elongate” my torso. I just want to find clothing items that fit MY torso. Plus, I actually like the fact that I have long legs. I don’t want to make them appear shorter…I’m not trying to look like everyone else.

    • Lydia

      October 31, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Great advice BellaPetite thanks!

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