5'4" I wear flats/flip flops/sandals with boot cut, flare, straight, skinny jeans. I've never been a slave to fashion so I wear what feels good and what I think looks good on me.

ETA I've never understood why short = dumpy or unflattering. If clothes fit properly, they should be no different on a short, medium, or tall person.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
Certain cuts and the way you combine different clothes and shoes can make a person appear wider, leaner, taller or shorter then they really are even if they fit properly. Short doesn't equal dumpy, but if someone is petite or short it's more flattering to wear things that elongate them not smother them or make them appear wider and shorter then they really are. Likewise for tall people there are certain things that flatter them more as well. A lot of taller people have characteristics like wider shoulders or short torsos and there are ways they can dress to balance their bodies out more as well. It's not that one body type is better then the other it's just a matter of dressing best for whatever body type you happen to have.
Originally Posted by lenasblend
Gah! You posted as I was writing. You explained it better than what I was planning to write:

Dumpy, by definition means short and stout. Despite being petite and thin, I will look dumpy in that combo because, for whatever reason, bootcut jeans accentuate my short legs and make my hips look bigger. Wearing a boot or shoe with a heel elongates my legs. I look better proportioned.
Originally Posted by medussa

Exactly, it's about balance and proportion and one way to create that is with what you wear and how you wear it. I don't consider it much different then working out to create more balance and better proportions in your physic.

And it's not just short people that seek balance and proportion, I dress people for a living and I've never seen a body that could wear absolutely any and everything and look good in it. No matter what body type someone has I still have to put things on them that highlights the good, down plays the bad and/or doesn't make their shape look worse then it actually looks, which clothes can do.

It is a personal preference though, for those that don't care they totally have the option not to care and likewise for those who may want to create the opposite effect i.e. make their bodies appear wider or shorter then it actually is they can totally dress in a way that gives off that illusion as well.

Also, the thing about being short is even if a short person has a bangin' body which many petite women out their do because there is less space to work with it's very easy to wear things that make them look wider and stouter then they actually are which hides how nice of a figure they actually have. Most people aren't trying to do that lol, but for anyone who is go for it. (and the same thing goes for all body types just in different ways).


Last edited by lenasblend; 04-26-2012 at 12:46 PM.