How to Dress a Short Waist

How to Dress a Short Waist

Finding the perfect outfit is all about striking the right balance, especially if you have a short waist. Don’t worry—there are plenty of stylish ways to flatter your body type without sacrificing your wardrobe in the process. Scroll through this list and see if any of these options appeal to you!

Method 1 of 10:
Wear a lifted bra.

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A well-supported bra helps you maximize your torso. Unfortunately, a loose, less supportive bra leaves your bust drooping, which isn’t ideal when you have a shorter waist. Instead, shop for a bra that really lifts and supports your bust—this helps you really maximize your torso. [1] X Research source It may help to double-check and re-measure your bra size before picking up any new bras.
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Method 2 of 10:
Dress in large color blocks.

1
Pick tops and bottoms in matching colors. Rifle through your closet and look for any pants, skirts, or blouses that are the same color. Pair up these items to create a really dynamic, cohesive outfit. The single color makes your waist look a lot longer. [2] X Research source For instance, you might wear a navy blouse with a navy pair of slacks.
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Method 3 of 10:
Pick empire cuts.

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Empire-cut clothing helps re-define and lengthen your waist. Unlike other dresses and skirts that sit on your hips or waist, empire cuts place the central seam directly beneath your bust. This really adds a lot of length to your figure. [3] X Research source
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Method 4 of 10:
Dress in low- or mid-rise pants.

1
High-rise pants aren’t very flattering on short waists. They take up a lot of your outfit, and can leave your ensemble feeling a bit disproportional. Instead, grab a pair of mid- or low-rise pants instead—these will mesh a lot better with your tops, and create a really balanced look. [4] X Research source
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Method 5 of 10:
Don’t tuck in your tops.

1
Leave your tops draping or half-tucked. Tucking in your top can make your outfit look a bit unbalanced, which isn’t ideal. Instead, let your top dangle over your waist or tuck part of it into your waistband. [5] X Research source For instance, you can tuck your top in front of your belly button, and let the rest dangle.
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Method 6 of 10:
Try V-neck tops.

1
A dramatic neckline helps lengthen your torso. This type of neckline creates the illusion that your waist is longer than it actually is. [6] X Research source Medium-length and long, dramatic V-necks look the best with a short waist. [7] X Research source Stay away from boat-neck tops—these tend to make your waist look a lot shorter.[8] X Research source
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Method 7 of 10:
Pick out thin belts.

1
Grab a belt that’s 1⁄2 in (1.3 cm) or thinner. Unfortunately, belts can be a slippery slope if you have a short waist—chunky belts take up a lot of space, and really emphasize your short waistline. Instead, opt for a really thin belt, which adds an extra dimension to your outfit without being over-the-top. [9] X Research source Low-lying belts work well if you have a short waist. You tie this belt very loosely around your waist, and let it naturally dip into a flattering V-shape.[10] X Research source
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Method 8 of 10:
Wear drop-waist dresses.

1
Drop-waist dresses make your waist look much longer. As the name suggests, drop-waist dress seams fall around the hips instead of the bust or waist. This really lengthens your torso, which is great if you have a short waist. [11] X Research source
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Method 9 of 10:
Pick dangling accessories.

1
Long accessories add some length to your outfit. Grab a long scarf or necklace, which helps redirect the focus of your outfit. Pick accessories that help guide the eye to different sections of your outfit, and draw attention away from the waist area. [12] X Research source For example, pendant necklaces are a great accessory option.[13] X Research source
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Method 10 of 10:
Avoid cropped jackets.

1
Cropped jackets tend to emphasize your waist. When dressing a short waist, length is the name of the game. Unfortunately, cropped jackets sit close to your waist, and make your outfit really unbalanced. [14] X Research source
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Method 1 of 10:
Wear a lifted bra.

1
A well-supported bra helps you maximize your torso. Unfortunately, a loose, less supportive bra leaves your bust drooping, which isn’t ideal when you have a shorter waist. Instead, shop for a bra that really lifts and supports your bust—this helps you really maximize your torso. [1] X Research source It may help to double-check and re-measure your bra size before picking up any new bras.
Advertisement

Method 2 of 10:
Dress in large color blocks.

1
Pick tops and bottoms in matching colors. Rifle through your closet and look for any pants, skirts, or blouses that are the same color. Pair up these items to create a really dynamic, cohesive outfit. The single color makes your waist look a lot longer. [2] X Research source For instance, you might wear a navy blouse with a navy pair of slacks.
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Method 3 of 10:
Pick empire cuts.

1
Empire-cut clothing helps re-define and lengthen your waist. Unlike other dresses and skirts that sit on your hips or waist, empire cuts place the central seam directly beneath your bust. This really adds a lot of length to your figure. [3] X Research source
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Method 4 of 10:
Dress in low- or mid-rise pants.

1
High-rise pants aren’t very flattering on short waists. They take up a lot of your outfit, and can leave your ensemble feeling a bit disproportional. Instead, grab a pair of mid- or low-rise pants instead—these will mesh a lot better with your tops, and create a really balanced look. [4] X Research source
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Method 5 of 10:
Don’t tuck in your tops.

1
Leave your tops draping or half-tucked. Tucking in your top can make your outfit look a bit unbalanced, which isn’t ideal. Instead, let your top dangle over your waist or tuck part of it into your waistband. [5] X Research source For instance, you can tuck your top in front of your belly button, and let the rest dangle.
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Method 6 of 10:
Try V-neck tops.

1
A dramatic neckline helps lengthen your torso. This type of neckline creates the illusion that your waist is longer than it actually is. [6] X Research source Medium-length and long, dramatic V-necks look the best with a short waist. [7] X Research source Stay away from boat-neck tops—these tend to make your waist look a lot shorter.[8] X Research source
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Method 7 of 10:
Pick out thin belts.

1
Grab a belt that’s 1⁄2 in (1.3 cm) or thinner. Unfortunately, belts can be a slippery slope if you have a short waist—chunky belts take up a lot of space, and really emphasize your short waistline. Instead, opt for a really thin belt, which adds an extra dimension to your outfit without being over-the-top. [9] X Research source Low-lying belts work well if you have a short waist. You tie this belt very loosely around your waist, and let it naturally dip into a flattering V-shape.[10] X Research source
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Method 8 of 10:
Wear drop-waist dresses.

1
Drop-waist dresses make your waist look much longer. As the name suggests, drop-waist dress seams fall around the hips instead of the bust or waist. This really lengthens your torso, which is great if you have a short waist. [11] X Research source
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Method 9 of 10:
Pick dangling accessories.

1
Long accessories add some length to your outfit. Grab a long scarf or necklace, which helps redirect the focus of your outfit. Pick accessories that help guide the eye to different sections of your outfit, and draw attention away from the waist area. [12] X Research source For example, pendant necklaces are a great accessory option.[13] X Research source
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Method 10 of 10:
Avoid cropped jackets.

1
Cropped jackets tend to emphasize your waist. When dressing a short waist, length is the name of the game. Unfortunately, cropped jackets sit close to your waist, and make your outfit really unbalanced. [14] X Research source
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