Short girl, short waist, hips. Teach me to dress like an adult.
December 3, 2013 8:41 PM Subscribe
I have a hard-to-fit body. What clothes flatter a short girl who is not actually petite?
posted by catesbie to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I know everyone has a fantastically unique body, but I'm a 5'1" girl with rather unusual proportions (31D-30-37, short waist) and I don't actually know what types of clothes I'm supposed to be wearing. I feel like the flattering-wardrobe advice generally given to short women and for women with bellies and hips is mutually exclusive. But I'm both! (Do I wear fitted tops that hit at the waist or long tunics over leggings to skim delicately over the hips? Do I wear wider pants to balance out the hips or will they overwhelm my shortness?)
There is also a general issue of finding things that fit. Regular tops are too long and therefore too tight. Petite tops are shorter, which fits better in some ways, but are even tighter. A top in a size 4 would probably fit okay if only I could take it up by 3 inches at the shoulders, which is not really a thing that is done, especially in something like a sweater.
Usually I end up in A-line skirts or a long top/leggings/boots combo. I'm uncomfortable wearing shorter tops, because I feel dumpy wearing fitted pants over my wide hips, especially jeans, which are generally uncomfortably tight across the hipbones in order to fit everywhere else. And I know as a short girl I should probably wear more fitted clothing, but the belly is big and the effect is not good.
I'm at a loss here and winter is coming soon. I am willing to throw money at this problem. Help me before I go to work in sweatshirts!