Help dress a short-waisted gal
May 8, 2011 7:34 PM Subscribe
Hello! Please help me look good in clothes. I'm a 31-year-old red-headed woman, young-looking for my age. I want to look put-together each day, and enjoy myself in pictures instead of exclaiming how frumpy I look.
posted by Laura Macbeth to clothing, beauty, & fashion (28 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I finally understand my body type, but I still don't know what to buy. I'm open to general suggestions, as well as links to specific pieces. I'll give as much information as I can without resorting to photos.
-115-120 pounds (differs day-to-day)
-Thin wrists, shoulders and arms
-Curvy hips. My weight settles on my hips and abdomen. My bum and thighs are proportionate, and not particularly thin or heavy. My bum sits a bit low on my body.
-Extremely short-waisted. I'm all bust and hips, and my waist isn't small enough to truly give me definition.
I tend to look boxy or much heavier in clothes than I am because my upper-body is very thin and my legs are thin, but my hips and abdomen, while not *un*thin by any means, are the biggest part of my body. Because my bust is large for my upper body and my waist so short, most shirts ride up on me or settle in an unflattering way.
Clothes just look strange on me. Even belted clothing, the traditional panacea for short-waisted women, usually only makes me look bulky as I don't have much of a waist to belt.
Clothing that does look decent on me
-empire waist dress with a fitted/ruched/tight bust (hides my hips, emphasizes my legs and bust)
-extra-long form-fitting sweaters or t-shirts over skinny jeans (shows my shape)
-shorts and loose tank-tops (pulls focus to my legs)
Clothing that always looks terrible
-pencil skirts (hugs my hips/abdomen in a way that doesn't flatter)
-baggy t-shirts and regular-fitting jeans (much to my dismay is this is my casual uniform)
When I'm in great shape (which is sometimes), I can wear form-fitting dresses, but when I'm not (which is usually) very tight, form-fitting clothing emphasizes my abdomen, which bloats at a moment's notice.
-Ivanka Trump (she's much taller than me, but has a similar body type)
-Refrain from gagging here, but Kate Middleton (love her classic, elegant, yet modern look, very similar to Ivanka)
-ModCloth (I'd buy everything in that store if I could)
-Anthropologie (though Anthropologie veers a little too flowy flower-child for my tastes at times)
-I like classic elegance, with a bit of flair to stand out in a crowd
-Looking for casual everyday, but stylish clothes. I don't need many traditional work clothes as I generally don't work in an office (though sometimes meet co-workers/clients for meetings)
-Going out to my favorite wine bar clothes
-Fancy fundraiser wear (I attend fundraisers about once a month for my job)
Thanks for any help you can provide! I'm excited to not dread my closet.