Charity gala

Charity gala

Life’s a Beach

Life's a Beach

Sperry Top Sider clothing
sperrytopsider.com

H&M flip flop shoes
$6.72 – hm.com

Mr Perswall surf home decor
$420 – fabricsandpapers.com

Blue beach towel
$145 – conranshop.co.uk

Out of proportion: Dressing a short torso

An empire waist with a flared bottom will mask your short torso

Try a dress with an empire waist and an embellished bottom. 

When it comes to genetics, I think I got a pretty good hand. I tend to distribute weight evenly, and build muscle evenly, but there is one problem area that drives me batty when choosing clothes – I have a teeny, tiny torso. My legs are approximately 55% of my height, and there is barely a thumb width between the bottom of my ribs and the top of my hips.

Boo hoo – you say. Well, I agree that being leggy isn’t all bad. I look pretty good in mini skirts and can afford to pack on a few pounds on the caboose without it throwing off my whole aesthetic. But I also have to mind this body when following trends. High waisted pants come up to my boobs and make me look more like Urkel than Rachel Bilson. In college, I wanted to be like J.Lo, so I rocked a booty shorts bikini… huge mistake.

If you’re like me, and don’t think that spinal implants are something you’d endure just to look better in clothes, then remember these fashion tips:

1. Low Rise Pants Are Your Friend: I know. Low rise pants immediately reminds us of the whale tale era, AKA Britney Spears ca. 2001 (although we should all be so lucky to look that good in those jeans). When you have a short torso, low rise pants help to elongate it and make your frame look more proportioned. Just make sure you choose a size that flatters, or you’ll end up with major muffin tops.

2. Don’t Tuck in Your Shirt: When you have a short torso, tucking in your shirt merely draws attention to this fact. Your body will look adorable in clothes with little cut outs, but when it comes to tops and bottoms, you’ll look best with a longer, tunic style shirt that is untucked. This will also elongate your torso.

3. Say No to Booty Short Bikinis: Booty shorts are awesome for camouflaging problem areas on your derriere, but if you have a short torso, the excess fabric will cut your mid section, making you look boxy. Stick with a low-rise brief with high cut outs, and turn the attention to your gazelle-like stems.

4. Fake the Line: Shirts and dresses with asymmetrical hemlines can help make your torso look longer. Rocking a shirt with diagonal line will draw the eye down to the leg, and an asymmetrical dress can help create definition.

You don’t have to have a perfect body to be stylish, but you should be familiar with your shape and how to dress it. Of course, you can wear whatever you want, but knowing what flatters you most will help you put your best foot forward.

The Other Woman

The Other Woman

Alice Olivia blue dress
$305 – theoutnet.com

French Connection shirt dress
usa.frenchconnection.com

Giuseppe Zanotti sandals
$975 – giuseppezanottidesign.com

Stuart Weitzman black shoes
beckleyboutique.com

Wedding shoes
modcloth.com

Jimmy Choo clutch
shopsavannahs.com

Floral clutch
$50 – marksandspencer.com

Chanel shoulder bag
madisonavenuecouture.com

Amethyst ring
allurez.com

Fine jewelry
elementsandalloys.com

Henri Bendel earrings
henribendel.com

Bib necklace
icing.com

L K Bennett red belt
$110 – lkbennett.com

The Other Woman

The Other Woman

Alice Olivia blue dress
$305 – theoutnet.com

French Connection shirt dress
usa.frenchconnection.com

Giuseppe Zanotti sandals
$975 – giuseppezanottidesign.com

Stuart Weitzman black shoes
beckleyboutique.com

Wedding shoes
modcloth.com

Jimmy Choo clutch
shopsavannahs.com

Floral clutch
$50 – marksandspencer.com

Chanel shoulder bag
madisonavenuecouture.com

Amethyst ring
allurez.com

Fine jewelry
elementsandalloys.com

Henri Bendel earrings
henribendel.com

Bib necklace
icing.com

L K Bennett red belt
$110 – lkbennett.com

Who Wore It Better: Zoë vs Kat

Who Wore It Better: Zoë vs Kat

Barbara Bui jacket
$1,145 – thecorner.com

Oscar Tiye black booties
luisaviaroma.com

Jimmy choo shoes
luisaviaroma.com

Ippolita bangle
bergdorfgoodman.com

AllSaints flat chain necklace
$320 – allsaints.com

Who Wore It Better

Who Wore It Better

T By Alexander Wang black shirt
$125 – thecorner.com

Gucci red jacket
$1,755 – profilefashion.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors blazer
$275 – yoox.com

Gucci capri pants
$210 – flannels.com

Michael Kors orange pants
$725 – yoox.com

Fendi clutch
farfetch.com

Armenta hoop earrings
bergdorfgoodman.com

Gold jewelry
$310 – johnlewis.com

Brooks Brothers black belt
brooksbrothers.com

NYX blush
target.com.au