IVillage to the rescue!
Excerpted from What Not to Wear (Riverhead Books)by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine ( Remember that life changing "89% of women are not wearinh the correct bra size" episode of Oprah Winfrey?? These are the two unforgettable funny ladies from that episode!)
See what they say about how to dress around short legs.(Uh huh, yours truly included here :( )
"If you've got or don't want perfect breasts, then it will be long legs you're after. These, like lovely breasts, are a reason to hate anyone who owns them, especially as cosmetic surgery is yet to perfect a method of increasing the inside leg measurement. Trinny sympathizes wholly with stump owners. She's had them all her life. Rather than live with them, though, she has learned how to hide them, quite brilliantly. No one would guess that lurking beneath those long-line jackets and fully flared trousers are pins better attached to one of Snow White's small friends. If she can give the illusion of legs to rival Elle Macpherson's, anyone can. And like all easily solved problems, it frustrates us immensely to see women who have given in to the fact that they are Corgis rather than Great Danes.
Golden Rules for Short Legs
Cropped trousers will only accentuate your lack of leg.
Never wear tight trousers ‑- they will only draw attention to where your butt ends and your legs begin.
Always wear your hem to the ground when wearing trousers with high heels.
Never wear a skirt that has a second dropped waistband; your already short legs will halve again in size.
Dresses over trousers cover up where legs begin.
Keep the color flowing ‑- same on shoe, sock and trouser.
If you can't walk in your high heels, they won't give you confidence.
How many of these no-nos have you committed if you too, are shorter in frame? I would say about…3 of them in my case. I wear my tight 599 levis jeans (What else should any girl wear in singapore?! i think this one doesnt ring true,if you're short you need to frame your already petite self better with well fitting jeans)..i had a phase of liking those looong tops over jeans ( yeah i can't carry those off,i realised a while ago)… and lastly i dont wear heels very well,im clumsy and awkward in them and cant walk long in them,therefore i really dont feel much "taller" when im in such uncomfortable shoes!
Hmmmm.I usually have a fashion muse when i buy clothes.They change all the time…but i've always liked Rachel Bilson's style.
She really knows how to put things together,and she's effortlessly chic on TV or off Tv. She does the boho (Read: Looong Tops over pants look) really well too so that debunk the short legs no nos rules! Plus she's on the petite side and have a pretty normal girl's body as well, so that's great cos you cant really have supermodel fashion muses like Kate Moss when you're 5 feet nothing…ya know what i mean? It just doesnt translate well..hello reality.
Summing up this entry….I actually dont mind being small or short, so long as the body is porportionate and the legs are shapely short,not "stumpy" short. Short legs=stumpy legs is a common misconception,Not all short girls are stumpy.Legs are stumpy when they are bigger than they need to be. Having "thunder"thighs will also make your legs look stumpy,AKA Piano legs, that's regardless of if you're a tall person or a short person."Thunder" thighs can be rid of with frequent and well disciplined thigh exercising regimes,or yoga…or liposuction…uh,but that's a topic for another day!
My day starts at 2 tomorrow,but Im going to try to get a full 8 hrs sleep tonight, since i've been depriving my body of sleep for the last few days.Good night now!