Short Waisted or Long Waisted? How to Figure Out!

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Short Waisted or Long Waisted?

How to identify if you have a short waist or a long waist is the main topic of this article.

You may have also heard this referred to as short-bodied or long-bodied.

When we discuss vertical proportions, we’re referring to the proportion of the lower body’s length to the upper body’s length.

To speak bluntly, that is the crux of the matter.

Comparing your shoulder width to your hip width to your waist width is similar to how your lateral proportions work.

First, why is this important?

When it comes to dressing, it is important, just as crucial as your lateral proportions are, whether you have an hourglass figure, a pear shape, or something else entirely.

Knowing your vertical proportions will enable you to buy the appropriate clothing, dress to enhance your body shape, and hence buy better and buy less.

3 Ways to Figure Out If You Are Short Waisted or Long Waisted

There are three ways that can be used to identify if a person has a short waist or a long waist.

First Way

One can start with just a quick glance in the mirror.

In some cases, it’s pretty easy to determine if you have a long torso in comparison to your legs if you stand in front of the mirror in slim-fitting clothing, your underwear, or even naked. Likewise, if your legs are longer than your torso.

It’s highly likely that you are evenly proportioned if you find it difficult to distinguish between the two.

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Second Way

If that doesn’t help you understand what’s going on, you can try looking at it another way.

If you have found that some things of clothing, such as bodysuits, swimsuits, or jumpsuits, fit a bit too snugly on your body, perhaps riding up into places where they shouldn’t, then you might be long wasted. Because it might be challenging to find things that fit comfortably.

You probably have a short waist if you notice that the waistlines of tops and dresses sit very low on you.

Third Way

You can measure your vertical proportions if you want to take a more precise approach to this.

Ensure that you are using a tailor’s measuring tape while measuring your vertical proportions. Something that will conform to your body’s curves and is flexible.

Measure from the top of the shoulder. This is the base of the neckline, not the shoulder’s outside portion.

From that point, you should stretch your measuring tape in a straight line all the way down to the crotch, which is the point where the leg breaks.

Take note of these measurements.

The next step is to grab your measuring tape once more, hold it at the crotch or at the leg’s break, and stretch it all the way down to the ankle. Your inseam is another name for this. It is not going all the way down to the floor in this instance.

Note these measurements, then compare the two.

You are equally proportioned vertically if you notice that your measurements are equal.

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Or, you might notice that your torso is significantly shorter than the inseam measurements you received, in which case you are short-waisted.

On the other hand, you might be like me and have discovered that the measurements of your torso are longer than the measurements of your inseam; if this is the case, you have a long torso.

Short or Long Waisted?


  • Gloria

    Gloria is a top-performing fashion designer with more than eight years of experience in developing fashion concepts.

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