Posts Categorized: proportion

Reader Request: How to Balance a Long Torso

outfit ideas long torso

Reader Toni e-mailed me this question:

I’ve known about my long-waisted, short legged body style forever – ever since I realized at age 12 that one-piece swimming suits don’t fit me. However, I’ve just dealt with the short shirts and long pants that don’t really fit or flatter. I’ve been looking through my closet and sure enough most of my wardrobe is not made for me or not made to flatter my body style. Can you give me any advice?

There are some garments and shopping tips that may benefit women with long torsos and short legs, but there are also some styling ideas that can make your current duds more workable. So I’ll share a bit of both. read more

Originally posted 2012-03-12 06:40:34.

Reader Request: Feminine, Professional Looks for Athletic Figures

How to dress professionally and in a traditionally feminine style if you've got an athletic figure

Reader Janel sent this question to me via e-mail:

I am 5’4, slightly busty, and thanks to years in gymnastics, diving, and weightlifting I’ve been blessed with big strong legs, an ample tush, as well as broad shoulders and “guns.” I’m wondering about some professional looks that are feminine on my muscular/curvy body, as well as show off what I’ve worked hard for.

As I mentioned to Janel, some of these tips will need to be adjusted (or, potentially, ignored) depending on personal taste and unique proportions, but hopefully a few will be helpful to a few of you stylish, athletic ladies. read more

Originally posted 2012-04-04 06:38:47.

How to Downplay Your Hips

clothes to downplay hips

My body has shifted and changed a lot over the years, but my hips have remained constant. No matter how much or little I’ve weighed, I’ve always had full thighs and hips. And I’m not afraid to show them off on occasion, but I generally dress to downplay them a bit. As always, each woman determines her own figure flattery priorities and many of you may not care to minimize your hips. But in case you’re looking for the basics of hip minimization, here are some illustrated examples: read more

Originally posted 2012-02-07 06:19:07.