The Best Clothing for a Short-Waisted Figure

Short-waisted women should wear low-rise jeans to create the illusion of a lower waistline.
Short-waisted women should wear low-rise jeans to create the illusion of a lower waistline. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Just about everyone has one physical attribute about their body they wish they could change. Some people take drastic measures to hide imperfections and achieve a more balanced body, perhaps because a balanced body is considered to be more attractive and desired by the opposite sex, according to National Geographic. Even if you don't have the perfect body, you can find ways to conceal physical flaws, such as a short waist, by dressing to make the most of what you have.

Dresses and Skirts

Style Makeover says the best type of dresses for women with short-waisted figures are straight skirts and skirts that flow freely from the waist down. These skirts should also be lighter in color than the top or blouse worn with the skirt, to draw the eye downward, instead of upward, creating the illusion of a longer torso. When searching for dresses, try to find two-toned styles where the top part is darker than the bottom.

Pants and Shorts

You Look states that low-rise pants are best for women with short waists because they create the illusion of an elongated upper body or torso. During the fall and winter, look for jeans and dress pants with this type of fit and design. For spring and summer, look for shorts, capris, and skorts with this same low-rise style. Find these items in colors that are lighter than your chosen tops, to conceal a short-waisted figure and encourage the eye to travel downward.

Tops and Blouses

Style Makeover suggests that short-waisted women wear blouses and tops that are medium and long in length. The length helps to make the top part of the body appear longer and balances the length of the torso with the rest of the body. However, shorter people should only wear shirts or blouses that are no longer than knuckle length, while taller people can benefit from wearing longer shirts. It also suggests leaving shirts out and not tucking them in, since the latter will draw attention to the area you're trying to conceal. You Look suggests wearing tunics and tops that provide a snug fit on and around the shoulders and torso to help accentuate your shape.


Women with short waists can accentuate their outfits by wearing a particular type of belt. These belts can be made of whichever fabric or metal you prefer, but they should hang freely and not hug or lay close to the waist. To create the illusion of a longer torso and waist, it's imperative to allow the belt to hang a few inches below the natural waistline. This creates symmetry by making the waist look longer.

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