Further from my general explanation of body proportions the other day, let’s look specifically at some of the common issues for the longer body, shorter leg.
One of the more common body proportions is the longer body and shorter legs. Now where you gain your length may not be the same as the next person, but overall when you look at your head to leg-break measurement, it’s longer than legbreak to foot.
If you’re long in the chin to mid bust point – and this is very common, avoid strapless or spaghetti straps as you will appear to have a very low bustline. A well fitting bra that keeps ‘the girls’ up high is also a must, as it will give you the appearance of a longer, slimmer waist.
If you’re long from mid-bust to waist, avoid empire lines as they further elongate your body. Wide belts are usually really flattering for your body, they will break up this long proportion and draw attention to your smaller waist. Wear higher waisted garments. Avoid low-rise trousers and jeans. Look for tops with ruffles, pattern or detail through to distract if you feel very long through this proportion.
If you are long in the rise (that’s the crotch to waist) measurement, don’t wear waistbands on your natural waist as you will appear unnaturally long in this measurement, instead opt for mid-rise pants and tops that end around your hip bone. You can layer two tops if one is cropped.
As a longer bodied person, avoid ending tops at or past your leg break, keep them shorter to the hip bone, or for longer line jackets, down to just above the knee.
To elongate your legs, wear pants with no cuffs and avoid pocket detail. Look for vertical creases, seams and pattern (such as pin stripes). Match shoes to pants, and wear your pants as long as possible. If you like heels, they’ll add length and balance to your body, but they are by no means compulsory!
For skirts, keep them around the knee (just above or just below, depending on your legs and knees), knee high boots are great in winter, and nude shoes and sandals are perfect in summer. Low vamps on shoes will add extra inches to your legs.