Ask A Stylist: How Do I Dress My Short Torso?

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You might have a short torso if:

  • Your tops tend to run long.
  • Blouses with a defined midsection, such as those with a cinched waist or peplum, hit you at an awkward place.
  • Mid-rise jeans or pencil skirts tend to fit more like a high-rise.
  • You avoid accessorizing with a waist belt because they give you unbalanced proportions.

Flattering Dresses

Dresses that hit below the natural waistline, such as those with a drop waist, will create length through your midsection. Shorter dresses will draw the focus to your legs and further lengthen your lower half. A faux wrap dress in an A-line shape is a great fitted option to give you a defined shape without drawing all the attention to your waist.

Dress: Abilene Geo Dress ($148)
Jewelry: Amelia Drop Earrings ($115)
Shoe: Zara Mid-Heel Sandal ($50)

Elongating Tops

Exposed necklines such as a V-neck or scoop neck will elongate your short torso. A great way to camouflage a short torso is to wear your shirts untucked, allowing the top to drape past the waistband. Make sure to select pieces that are medium to long in length.

Perfect Pants

Low-rise pants are the best way to create proportion for your figure. Wear lighter, more vibrant colors on your lower half to draw the eye downward.

Putting It Together

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Color and patterns can be used to trick the eye and draw attention away from your short frame. When it comes to accessories, longer necklaces, earrings and scarves will lengthen your torso and create balance. Select skinny over wide belts, as wide belts will only make your frame feel even shorter and further draw attention to that area.

Top: Colibri Abstract Blouse ($48)
Pant: Chestnut Distressed Skinny Jean ($58)
Scarf: Christine Lightweight Ombre Scarf ($48)
Shoe: Madewell Holepunch Flat Sandal ($99)


Try to steer clear of tops with a boatneck style neckline, wide horizontal patterns, and voluminous sleeves, which will only compress your silhouette:

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Top 1: Byron Fold Over Knit Shirt ($58)
Top 2: Cloverdale Blouse ($48)
Top 3: Andrae Peasant Blouse ($78)

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  1. Pingback: Ask A Stylist: How Do I Dress My Short Torso? | Stitch Fix Blog | new fashion style

  2. I’m learning so much from these style blogs. With my short torso, this all makes sense. A constant lesson on styling and taking pride in my look.

  3. The sleeveless tank works with a pair of shorter shorts. Boatnecks (in my experience) are only really a problem with pants or skirts.

  4. Based on this, I’m not sure if I have a short torso anymore. Tops are often too short on me, not long. However, shirts with defined midsections/belting at the waist do give me really unbalanced proportions.

    That said, I have a regular (if not slightly longer than average) inseam. But I do have a high hip. Does this mean I have a short or long torso?

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