Fashion Magazine

Where to End Tops to Make Your Hips and Tummy Look Slimmer

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

Where do you end your tops?

  • Where they end because of how long they are when they come home from the store?
  • Do you pull your tops down to hide your butt?
  • Do you fiddle and adjust the length to find the perfect spot for you?

The Horizontal Line Rule

Because the hems of most tops are horizontal lines, you want to take this into consideration when making your choice about where to end your tops. As you'd be aware from this post, horizontal lines are broadening, so you generally want to end a top on a narrower point rather than a wider one as hips are often a wider point for many women (though if you are a V shape your rules will be different).

Where to End Tops to Make Your Hips and Tummy Look Slimmer

Where to End Tops to Slim Your Hips

Don't end tops at the widest point of your hips (see above left) as even though you may frequently pull down your tops to end here (or things just may be this long) what it does is not hide your bottom, instead it draws a horizontal line across your hips and makes them look wider. Plus unless you have very, very, very long legs, it creates a less than flattering proportional ratio of body to leg length as it makes your legs look shorter.

Instead, end your tops around your hip bone (or just below, no more than 1″ or 2cm) as this will keep your legs looking longer and still give your upper body enough length so it doesn't look short (unless of course, you have a super long body which I'll talk about in a moment).

Where to End Tops to Slim Your Tummy

Where to End Tops to Make Your Hips and Tummy Look Slimmer

If you've got the pouchy protruding stomach like I do, ending your tops at your waist is too high and short, as it exposes the tummy bulge.

Ending your tops past the bottom of the pooch isn't great either as the fabric tends to cup your tummy and actually make it appear more prominent.

Instead, end your tops just below the peak (but no lower) of your tummy pooch and you will find it's the most flattering point.

If you have a straighter waist, as I do (H shape, some V shape, and O shapes) ending tops at your waist draws that horizontal line across what we expect to be a narrower point and highlights it (which is why the defined waisted amongst us look great when we highlight our slim waists with belts or tuck in), just another reason why the waist length doesn't work on my body.

Take Body Proportions Into Consideration

Whenever you're making decisions about top lengths (actually the lengths of any hems) take your body proportions into consideration as this will impact on your decision.

Get some more tips on the right length for tops with skirts and pants here.

And watch the video here for some easy to remember guidelines.

More Tips on Top Hem Lengths

How to Find the Best Point to End Your Tops and Jackets
To Tuck or Not To Tuck - That is the Question
Body Proportions Explained - Long Rise
Bad Design Find - Horizontal Line Rule
Choosing Prints to Disguise Your Tummy
Where to End Tops to Make Your Hips and Tummy Look Slimmer

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • The European Union Just Made Bioenergy Worse for Biodiversity

    European Union Just Made Bioenergy Worse Biodiversity

    While some complain that the European Union (EU) is an enormous, cumbersome beast (just ask the self-harming Brexiteers), it generally has some rather laudable... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Bradshaw
  • The Romantics


    These two words conjure an image in my mind of running through fields with flowers in my hand and my beloved running after me, very much like the Bollywood film... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Ashleylister
  • Lesson 1570- Life Lessons I Want My Kids to Know

    Lesson 1570- Life Lessons Want Kids Know

    We just back from a family vacation on Cape Cod. It’s the one week of the year that we all go barefoot, drink cold beers in the afternoon, read books in the... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Wendythomas
  • Who’s Gonna Love You, Tebey at Boots & Hearts 2018 Interview

    Who’s Gonna Love You, Tebey Boots Hearts 2018 Interview

    Tebey teased his last-minute addition to Boots Hearts 2018 through his social media channels, and then he came on out to the Burl's Creek Event Grounds and wa... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Phjoshua
  • Frugal Tip: Make-Your-Own Sore Throat Syrup

    Frugal Tip: Make-Your-Own Sore Throat Syrup

    Summer is almost over, and there is a chill in the air, so it's not hard to think of the cold season coming soon. And with it - coughs, colds and sore throats. Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt
  • 7 Physical Signs Your Partner Is Sleeping With Someone Else

    Let us put aside the idea of a perfect world where people love their lovers honestly, with all their heart and would never ever cheat on them, where all... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Naijapary
  • Home Decor: A Garden for Every Space

    Home Decor: Garden Every Space

    For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Rashmi Gopal Rao