Q&A: Figure Flattery for Short Waisted Women

July 10th, 2007

Q:  I am 5′5", 57 years old, short-waisted, small in bust, larger in hips.  The biggest problem is the short waist.  What do you recommend for flattering styles?

Classiques Entier Release ShirtA: 
To combat short waistedness, the idea is to visually lower your waistline.  Here’s five figure flattering tips for you:

(1) My favorite figure flatering trick is to place a narrow belt at the hipline to create the illusion of a lowered waistline. 
(2)  Belts that match the color of your top also help to visually move your waistline down.
(3)  Wear long tops or styles with strong verticals on your torso.  And to maximize your bustline, choose styles with volume in the chest area–such as ruffles or ruching.
(4) Low-waisted bottoms are gong to be figure flattering, as are skirts and dresses in fluid fabrics to hug your hips.
(5) Should you choose stiffer fabrics, look for styles without waistbands or those with a dropped waistline.

Have a great tip about how to flatter a short waist?  Share it with us in the comments!

Classiques Entier Release Shirt | $128 at Nordstrom.

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  • 1. Pat Kane  |  September 1st, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    I am short waisted, no waist, long legs. Every pair of pants I try on is too large in the hips crotch and rear if it fits in the waist. Can you recommend a brand that might fit?

  • 2. Teri  |  December 10th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    Pat—I have the same issue. I am not sure if you are tall like me but Victoria Secret caters to womens with our physique. I buy my jeans from them online. The bootcut with uplift looks great. The other jean that looks good on our type is the brand 7 for All Mankind at Nordstrom. For tailored/work pants I buy at Express and they are located in most malls. Hope this helps.

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