Good Question: Short-Torso Solutions

August 14, 2007 by kendah
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From a Reader: Just read the article on finding the perfect T shirt. There was something for the long torso, something for the athletic torso, and then NOTHING. What about those of us  who have short torsos?

Answer: Though the advent of the low-rise jean did much to empancipate the sartorial plight of the short-torsoed woman, it seems as though a backlash in shirts for the long-torsoed ensued. These days, there are plenty of shirts that cater to the long of body (who often have shorter legs), but what about those of us who've got the legs but less body? While we have a selection of tees that will suit your shape beautifully, there are a few things you should always remember: 

1. Choose high-waisted tops (and dresses). The empire waist does a world of good to lengthen bodies and hide unsightly rolls.

2. Stick to fluid fabrics. The better ability a fabric has to drape, the better it will lie long across your shorter body (and hide what you don't want to share in public)

3. Wear anything that adds vertical lines, from center and princess seams to pin stripes.

4. Take it easy on accessories, but if you do love to spangle yourself… plan accordingly. Stockier bodies should wear more slender jewelry.

5. Go for the monochromatic look. Sticking to one color will not draw attention to parts of you that leave room to be desired. Also, darker colors are known to be slimming.

Some great shirts for you:

Empire Waist: The TOMMY HILFIGER Tie-Back Empire-Waist Tunic ($45 @ has a plunging V-neck to help elongate the torso, plus slimming cap sleeves and the Embroidered Empire Top ($44 @ Ann Taylor Loft) shapes and brings the eye upwards.

Ann Taylor Embroidered Empire Top

Draped Fabric: The Banana Republic Shirred-front bubble top in mulled spice berry ($38) lengthens with sloping vertical lines and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. This BCBG Max Azria Bubble Tie Sweater ($54 @ elongates from neck to hip.

Banana Republic Shirred-front bubble top - Mulled spice berry

Princess Seam and Vertical Stripes: Slightly angled strips, as in this Romeo & Juliet Couture grey stripe jersey hooded tunic ($45 @, give the illusion of length and a slimmer middle. This Victoria's Secret Sleeveless Stretch Poplin shirt ($28) uses strategically placed seams to create a streamlined silhouette.

Romeo & Juliet Couture grey stripe jersey hooded tunic VS Poplin Shirt


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