Dressing for Your Body Type: Long Torsos

When it comes to looking good, the goal is to play up your assets and play down any areas that you don’t like. With a long torso like yours, your legs are probably shorter in proportion to the rest of your body. The illusion of longer legs will balance your figure.
Girls with your body type don’t look good in capris or crop pants because they cut a straight line across your legs. If you wear shorts, go for styles that fall at your mid-thigh rather than knee-length styles as long as you make sure your shorts aren’t too short.
Since most clothing today is made for girls with perfect silhouettes and long legs, you may have a hard time finding clothes that fit you. Blouses may be too short and pants may be too long and loose at the hips. It’s a good idea to learn how to do basic alterations on your clothing, such as hemming pants. If you aren’t the sewing type, pay someone else to do it for you. Alterations should be made to make your clothes fit you perfectly.
What styles look best on you? To balance your proportions, look for feminine silhouettes like sarong-style skirts, A-line skirts, wrap skirts, and wide-legged pants, as long as they are not baggy. Pants and skirts with high waistlines (which is very chic right now) will make your legs look longer. Long trousers covering the tops of your shoes will also give the illusion of longer legs, especially if you wear heels. As for jackets, find shorter styles that end just below your waist or styles that go past your hips and shy away from jackets that end in the middle of your rear.
As for shirts, leave them un-tucked. Empire lines, with the waistband just below your chest, are a great way to disguise the length of your torso. A-line garments also draw attention away from your waist. Wide necklines and flowing tops will also distract eyes from your waist. A shorter top paired with a long skirt or pants will balance you out. I’ve mentioned layering before as a modest way to flatter your shape, and I’ll say it again. Layering your tops will break up your upper body. TrĂ©s chic!
You can experiment with different looks to find exactly what you like. Wide belts look best on girls with your body type. Pants and skirts with interesting waistbands or adornment look great on you because they make your waist look shorter and your legs appear longer. If you like embroidery, try stitching some pretty details on your clothing.
Your jewelry, hair, and makeup can also make a difference. Draw attention up to your face with a chic new haircut, tastefully-applied makeup and pretty jewelry, like a fantastic necklace or pair of earrings. It will be a whole new you!
The most important way to balance yourself? Keep your eyes on the great things about your body, such as your enviable blonde hair or your sparkling blue eyes, and remember that no matter what you wear, you have a gorgeous God-given figure!


  1. Great post! Keep up the good work! :)

  2. Thank you! Your site is awesome. :)

  3. Melissa,

    Thank you so much for all of the tips! I can't wait to read what you say about make-up. I wear lots of light pinks, blues, light gray (it looks like blue on me though...), and purple. But I want your opinion. :-)


  4. You're very welcome! I am going to post about your makeup soon. You can see why I had to break up your questions into different posts...this one was really long!


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