When your natural waist is closer to your bust than your hips you are likely to be short-waisted. Short waisted women have high waists, long legs and are generally on the tall side.
Dressing this body type can be a challenge after 40 especially as middle age spread starts to creep into an already short middle, but there are solutions.
Here are six simple tips for selecting the right clothing for short waisted women.
1. Get the Right Skirt Length
The good news is that a short waist means you likely have legs that go on for miles! Celebrate by showing them off. One of the best types of clothing for short-waisted women is a skirt.
The style of skirt doesn’t make a difference- anything from a body-skimming pencil skirt to an A-line shape will work. All that matters is that the length grazes your knees, but doesn’t go any longer.
Long skirts can make your figure look poorly proportioned because a long swath of fabric on your lower half will make your upper body look even shorter by contrast.
2. Be Wary of Belts
Wide belts are the enemy of short-waisted women. They take up too much space on your waist, making you look boxy.
To play up your short-waisted figure try a skinny belt. It will show off your curves, but won’t take up as much room. Try belting around your hips or under your bust as opposed to at your natural waist. By wearing the belt under your bust, you make your torso look long and lean.
Slinging a belt around the hips draws the eyes away from the torso all together, highlighting your lower half instead.
3. Banish High-Waisted Pants from Your Life
If you have a high waist and wear high-waisted pants, you are going to look like you are all pants. There will be too much fabric between the crotch and waistband, and you will look like you are wearing fisherman’s wading pants or those horrible high-waisted mom jeans everyone jokes about. Also, if you have any bit of a tummy high-waisted pants can emphasize that too.
Try lower rise pants to fool the eye and make your torso appear longer: Low rise styles are the best pants/jeans for short-waisted women. Midrise styles are really good too because they camouflage your belly but don’t come up so high that they eat up your middle.
4. Try Empire Waist Tops and Dresses
Much like wearing a belt below the bust, wearing a top or dress with an empire waist will lengthen your midsection. An “empire waist” is when a garment fits tightly directly under the bust and then flares out to the hem.
Empire dresses are some of the best dresses for short-waisted women: Since the goal is to make your figure look balanced, empire waists are a great style tool because they visually raise your waist making your torso look longer than it is.
5. Buy a Well-Fitting Bra
As we age, everything starts heading south including our breasts. If you are short between your bustline and waist and you are sagging a lot, you are going to look like you have no waist at all.
Wearing a supportive bra will help hike “the girls” up and away from your midsection and make you look longer, leaner and more proportioned.
6. Don’t Tuck in Tops
Wondering if there are certain tops for short-waisted women that work better than others? Longer tops do help elongate your torso, and it’s best not to tuck in. Tucking your shirt into pants or a skirt creates a horizontal line across your midsection that highlights your short waist.
Instead, leave you’re top untucked to draw the eye down and away from your middle. If an untucked shirt makes you feel too dressed-down, just add a blazer and necklace to make your outfit look more put together.
Being short-waisted doesn’t have to mean being frumpy at 40 or beyond. Armed with these tips, you’ll be able to balance your body, show off your legs and look Fabulous after 40 and beyond!
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