@mrs_pugetsound: First step, go to a proper lingerie shop and get fitted correctly for a bra. It will make a huge difference.
Tone It Down
The first key to flattering your body type is toning down colors and patterns where you don’t want people looking. Any break in line or color — whether it’s a bright belt, teeny-weeny shorts or a shirt that’s a different color than your pants — naturally draws attention to that area. So if you want all eyes on your newly-slimmed waistline, by all means, strap that hot pink belt around your middle. But if you want to downplay a feature, don’t emphasize it by drawing the eye to it.
Trim down the look of a large chest by wearing high or V-cut necklines. Avoid shirts with wide necklines because they’ll only broaden your upper section. You can get away with larger prints, too, because they’ll be in proportion to your curvier chest. Dark colors and details will also help distract from roundness. Balance out your heavier top side with flared pants or a flared skirt.
To elongate a short torso, avoid short shirts, which draw attention to your small midsection. Instead, opt for long, tapered shirts to give the illusion of a longer torso. Dress in similar tones from head to toe to elongate your entire body. Try a dress with a small, non-contrasting pattern or a low waistline to stretch out your midsection.
A skinny belt can make a short torso look longer
Swoop, There It Is Belt – $24.99
If you’re short-waisted and feel like every belt you try makes you look as if your chin and knees are rubbing up against each other, try a skinnier style. The slimmer the belt, the more it will elongate your torso.
A hip-slung belt will also make a short torso look longer
Oval Metal Chain Belt – $15.74
Alternately, if you want to elongate your torso from the top down, placing a focal point at your hips does the trick. A loose chain or leather hip-slung belt draws the eye downward, elongating a short torso.
To start with, think about dressing using a column of colour. But if you don’t want to do that try these 7 top tips:
Having a proportionally short waist (small distance between rib cage and top of pelvis/hip bone can make you look boxy and squat, so how to make it appear longer, and give the illusion of having a waist?
1. Low to mid rise jeans and trousers
2. Empire waist tops and dresses
3. Avoid belting at the waist, instead you can belt at the hip if you want to belt and don’t contrast belts
4. Avoid gathered (dirndl) waist skirts and dresses
6. Don’t tuck tops
7. End tops around your hip bone or a little longer
8. Look for tops, cardigans and jackets that don’t have any detail or pockets around the waist area to avoid drawing attention to your lack of wais