Dresses for short and curvy gal?

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Registered: 04-21-2005
Dresses for short and curvy gal?
Fri, 04-29-2005 - 12:01pm

I'm not much of a "girlie-girl" (I own ONE skirt, and it's black) but I've recently moved to a warmer and much more humid climate and I need some summer clothes. My problem is that I'm short (5'2") with stupid-long legs (a 29" inseam). That means that I have no torso. I'm serious! My BF is 6'2" and my hips come to just a few inches below his and the top of my head barely reaches his shoulders! Plus, I'm curvy. 39" hips, 30 1/2" waist (on a good day) and 38" bust. Sigh. I love my body but clothes don't, especially dresses! I've tried the virtual model, but it doesn't seem to take my short torso into account. Anything comfortable and airy just makes my waist look big because of my bust and waist size. Tank tops are out of the question, unless I want to flop all over the place or show my bra strap, which is just tacky. I don't like really short skirts since I'm a pretty active gal and ABHOR the idea of flashing. I'm looking for a dress or top and skirt combo that will a) make me look taller, b) show off my legs without making me look like a cropped giraffe and c) is comfortable and that I can wear shopping / out to the pub / hanging out. I'm 28 years old so I can pull off some of the younger looks, but I don't want to look like I'm trying to re-live my teen years either.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 04-29-2005 - 1:39pm

Hi Smanglered and thanks for coming on board!



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Registered: 02-11-2004
Fri, 04-29-2005 - 5:47pm

May I suugest investing in a racer-back style bra????

Will let you wear tank tops without straps showing....



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Registered: 02-03-2004
Fri, 04-29-2005 - 6:10pm
My sister is built just like you! And she knows all about dressing for hot & humid as we live in Texas.
On the botton, try a straight denim or chino skirt that is made to come to the knee (with your "stupid-long leg" thing it will fit like a modest mini but you can do things w/o flashing) or long shorts. On the top, try a t-shirt with a little stretch or a button-up oxford-type shirt with darts.
Another thing my sister wears are tank tops from Lands End--apparently they have some with built-in bras that actually work (trust me, she would know)--and they have some that have enough coverage to wear with a regular or sports bra.
And everyone in a hot and humid climate needs a pair of linen pants. Big, billowing linen pants with a shirt in the same color will make you look taller, although you'll probably have to wear flats.
I don't think sundresses are in your future, although you might be able to wear one with an empire waist. It would be a shame to hide your hourglass figure.