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Here to learn How To Dress Long Torso Short Legs? If you are a woman of petite or average height and have short legs and long torso, there are some tricks you’ll be able to use to create the illusion of long, lean and attractive legs, and a shorter torso, and we will help you with that. So, let us discuss how to dress a long torso and the short legs long torso advantage.

Are you under 5’4″? If you are, then in fashion you are defined as petite.  Petite women come in different height and body shapes.  Even though we are all under 5’4″, some petite girls are very lucky to be born with longer legs relative to their height.  If that is you, then congratulations, because you probably never need to worry about how to look taller.  But, if you happen to be under 5 feet tall, or if you happen to have long torso/short leg body type, which are quite common among short girls, then you have come to the right place.

How To Dress Long Torso Short Legs

Fashion Dos and Don’ts if You Have Short Legs …


What are the fashion dos and don’ts if you have short legs? You’ll need to know the right way to make the most of your legs and avoid garments that make them look even shorter. Some styles aren’t quite as flattering if you have short legs, and you need to know how to fake it. Here are the fashion dos and don’ts if you have short legs …↓ NEXT ↓


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The first of the fashion dos and don’ts if you have short legs is to keep your color palette simple. Introducing too many colors into your outfit means that you are breaking up your body into areas. A simple color scheme creates unity and avoids separating your legs, which would make them seem even shorter than they already are.↓ NEXT ↓


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Longer hemlines mean that less of your leg is on view, which will make them look shorter. So the shorter the hemline, the better – if you are comfortable with wearing a mini then this will really help make your legs seem longer. If minis are not appropriate, your skirt should be no longer than just below the knees – a mid-calf hem shows so little of your legs that they will look virtually non-existent.↓ NEXT ↓


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You may have seen a cute pair of shoes with an ankle strap, but this style is not flattering to those who have short legs. It cuts the leg off and so makes them look shorter. Without a strap, the leg continues visually down the foot, thus giving you that needed extra length. Avoid ankle boots as well, as they will also make your legs look shorter.↓ NEXT ↓


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So what shoes should you wear to flatter your short legs? Heels are a good option, as they give you extra inches where you need them most – the legs. There is another advantage of wearing heels; you can wear longer pants that cover most of the heels. This will give the illusion of longer legs, as nobody will know that the extra height comes from your heels, and not from you!↓ NEXT ↓


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Even if low-waisted jeans are trendy, they’re not the best option for short legs. Avoid low waists in skirts and pants, as they bring the eye down and shorten your legs. Opt for garments with higher waists instead; empire line dresses will lengthen the appearance of your legs by making your torso appear shorter.↓ NEXT ↓


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Tight pants are a no-no when you have short legs, as they unhelpfully cling to your butt – thus showing exactly how short your legs are. So what style should you choose instead? Choose straight-legged or bootcut pants. Dark shades are most helpful, but you can also opt for stripes.↓ NEXT ↓


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Finally, you may be surprised to learn that even women with short legs can wear maxi skirts and dresses. They can actually help your legs seem longer because they make you look leaner. The trick is to make sure that the skirt is not too long and dragging on the floor.

Armed with these tips you can wear the most flattering outfits and help your legs appear longer. They’ll help you give the illusion that you have longer pins. What would be your ideal height?

10 Short Man Style Secrets | How To Look Taller | Stylish Tips To Dress Shorter Men

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Secret # 1 – Low-Contrasting Footwear

Shoes for the shorter men are critical as  they can have a lengthening effect. This is achieved when shoes don’t contrast too heavily with trousers. The low contrast will visually elongate the leg.

Keep the contrast with the pant leg low by not having stark opposites in your color palates.   When wearing black denim, try to avoid white sneakers.  Black or charcoal sneakers with black denim if a fantastic option because the colors are in the same palate.

During the warm and hot months, there is a trick you can pull off when wearing shorts.  Wearing  shoes that match your skin tone as closely as possible will elongate the legs. Tans, beiges, and browns (flesh tones) shorts should sit above the knee which will show more leg. Creating one continuous color line makes it look like one long leg.

The final approach to shoes is to pay attention to the shape and the silhouette of the shoe. Remember that the goal is to elongate the leg. As such you should:

  • Wear a pointed toe shoe – rounded or squared off toes can shorten the foot. Pointed toes visually lengthen the foot and, subsequently, the leg.
  • Keep the shoe below the ankle – this applies to wearing shorts. Low top shoes show more ankle as opposed to high tops or boots that shorten the leg because the rise is past the ankle.

Secret #2 – Proportions Of Suit

As a shorter gentleman proportions should always be a goal.

The easiest place to explain proportions is in a suit

  • Shorter Jackets – take note that shorter jackets for men 5’8” should not suffer in the fit across the shoulders and arm. Jackets usually cover the but,t but a shorter jacket will expose the leg more giving the illusion of height.
  • Narrower Lapels – lapels that are narrow keep the shoulders from looking wide.  A wider looking shoulder does nothing for adding “height” to a not so tall guy. Also, notch lapels instead of peak lapels will slim the chest and shoulders too which gives the appearance of length.
  • Slimmer Sleeve Widths – Arms hug the body and act as sight lines up and down a man’s physique. Slimmer sleeves add length to the arms making them appear lean as opposed to short a portly. The leaner and longer the arms appear, the leaner and longer you body will appear.
  • Higher Buttons – The positioning of the waist button (button stance) is critical because it will draw the eye upward along the body. Secondarily, a high waist button gives the appearance of a high waist and longer legs. This adds height as well.
  • Medium Rise Trouser – The drop of the crotch plays a big part in how long the legs appear. If the drop is too low it will create the illusion of stumpy legs.

What’s also important about proportion is the fit. It should be slim. The garments should accentuate your silhouette and not be bulky. Baggy fitting clothes give a wide appearance and take away length and height.

Secret #3 – Long Topcoats

Topcoats that fall to the mid-thigh area helps to lengthen the torso and create height.

One thing to pay close attention is the surrounding pieces. If they are monochromated or a similar shade it will create a streamlined look with the coat.

I recommend that you have neutral tones for versatility in both a heavyweight and lighter weight.

Wool topcoats are great elements to help achieve this length. The key is to make sure that it doesn’t contrast heavily with the rest of the outfit.

If you can find these patterns knit within the fabric it is also a plus as the give a subtle vertical weave which subconsciously creates more length.

  • Herringbone – zig zag design that runs vertically
  • Cable knits – prominent knit that runs vertically

Secret #4 – Accessory Usage

What isn’t a secret is that accessories can make or break an outfit.

Socks – How you wear your socks can really elongate you. Make sure that your socks are the same color or as close as possible to your trousers.

Be careful with going sockless because it can segment your look. Also, stay away from  patterns or bright colors as they aid in fragmentation.

Hats and scarves –  These are excellent for adding color, drawing the eyes to your upward and to your face.  As a shorter guy hats and scarves  are arguably the best way to add some pizzazz to your outfit during the fall and winter months.

Another good tip is to play them on your physical features.  If have green eyes then a rich, emerald green.  A scarf is a great way to draw attention to them.

Belts –  keep them slim. It’s best if they are no thicker than 1.5 inches and shouldn’t contrast too heavily with your outfit.

The preference is to go beltless. Belts divide you in two and can shorten you. Thin belts or no belts keeps you looking long. Also, suspenders is another option to add to the vertical visual effect and they are extremely classy.

Secret # 5 – Low Contrast or Monochrome Color

Streamline is the desired effect. The eyes of onlookers should seamlessly travel up and down your outfit. To do this you have to

– Stick with a low-contrast palette

– Avoiding items that cut the torso in two

– Manage accessories and patterns (no large and bright belts, stay away from horizontal patterns)

There two approaches that should be taken with color.

#1 Stay in the same color family – staying in the same color family streamlines the look and gives an elongating effect

#2 Stay in the light or dark colors – colors can be different but make sure that the  contrasting color on top. It will draw the eyes up when being looked at.

Secret #6 – Trouser Fit

Trousers are important in creating length because you wear them on your legs. I know it’s obvious but there are tricks to make your legs look longer thus creating the illusion of height.

Low-rise trousers should be avoided at all costs. When you tuck in your shirt to a pair of low-rise trousers or jeans, your torso looks longer. Your body is cut in half and your legs are shortened. Instead, stick to medium or high-rise pants.

The crotch should never be dropped. Pants that are dropped shorten the legs. Additionally, it looks sloppy when there is a bunch of unnecessary fabric hanging between your legs. And guys, it doesn’t make you look well endowed.

Pant legs – there should be little to no break on trousers. If you prefer break, it should be 1/4 break. Trouser break is defined as the amount of fabric that covers the shoe.

When there is a lot of fabric bunched up at the ankle, the leg can look stumpy and short. Other common styles such as stacking, cuffing,  and rolling will shorten the legs. Take your trousers to you tailor as it is a simple and inexpensive process to create this look.

Secret #6 – Add Visual Length

This one takes some moxie and creativity. Let yourself play around with collar sizes and narrow lapels. When these elements are worn correctly they will draw attention upwards but simultaneously lengthen the neck and narrow your frame.


Vertical lines – This is the most obvious one to most short men, and for good reason. It does help elongate the body, and add the appearance of visual length.

Hats are fantastic for adding some inches to the top of your head. There are dozens of styles, colors, and patterns to choose from that can be the focal point of the outfit. With the eyes pulled upward, length will have been achieved.

Jackets – look to wear two button jackets as opposed to three or four button pieces. Also, the  top button should be above the waist which gives the appearance of a higher waistline and longer legs.

The pockets of the jacket should be closely placed together. When they are out wide it makes the torso look wide. Wear accessories that match your eyes and hair. Both are at the top of your body and will draw the eye upward.

Secret #8 – Pay Close Attention Shirt Fit

The length of your arms is directly related to to the perceived height of a person.

So you want to  create the illusion of length. As a short guy, your arms are going to be shorter so the cuff of the shirt should be amended as well.

Shirt Cuff Length – Generally, it is recommended that 1/2 to 3/4 inch of shirt cuff should  show under your blazer. Because you are  a shorter man, as little as a 1/4 inch is ideal. If more than that shows it willmake your arms look shorter.

Slim or fitted through the chest – this helps to narrow the torso. Even if you are an athletic built gentleman, you want to make sure that the shirt that you are wearing narrows your chest for the cleanest fit.

High armholes – higher arm holes allow for a slimmer fit with more movement. Again the slimmer fit leans the body out to our eyes .

Secret #9 – Streamline Layering

Layering is a skill that must be mastered as a shorter gent.  To give a slimming effect and  to lengthen, you should work the colors inwardly.

When wearing a darker jacket over a light colored shirt the piece that is lighter will create a more noticeable vertical line. This will  help visually extend your upper body.

Add one more layer by wearing a jacket over a vest, which is then layered over a shirt. If the top two pieces are worn properly, the jacket and shirt will shape the narrow V from the vest, adding by default a vertical line contrast.

You could also experiment with a printed shirt in this instance, as it will help create two lines either side of the center.

What you are trying to achieve is the creation of a vertical line. Remember that vertical patterns are a great method of elongating the body. It also provides great texture among the look which can distract the eye from the lack of height.

Secret #10 – Know Your Tailor By Name

All tailors are not created equal. Do your research and find a good tailor who is very knowledgeable and skilled in their craft.

Talk to neighbors and friends to find out who they may use.

A tailor can get you that sleek fit that will make your outfit it’s most spectacular version. Most menswear is cut loose so that it can fit as many body types as possible.

Baggy is better for business because the sizes don’t marginalize buyers. A good tailor will help alleviate this problem.

Even if you don’t use a tailor often, it’s best to have one in your arsenal. There will come a time that you need him or her.

Bonus: It’s also helpful to adequately know your correct sizes when you are going a new tailor. This is advantageous for shopping as well. The most common sizes to get familiar with are

  • Collar
  • Sleeve length
  • Waist
  • Inseam (pant leg length)
  • Suit jacket

If you don’t know the correct sizes, you should visit your:

  • Local tailor
  • Tuxedo rental store
  • Menswear store
  • Local dry cleaners that offers alterations

I’m stressing correct sizes because it’s if the sizes are too big, they will widen you and highlight your lack of height and/or take away any of the above efforts to add height.

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