Hi all - I've been contemplating body proportions lately and realized that being petite with a high waist and high set hips, I have a short torso (only one hand width.)

Lately I have been going with JFE looks so this hasn't mattered as much. But as I wear layers in the fall and all my cropped, boxy cardigans and jackets come out, I am struggling with how to make this look JFE. These cardis and jackets tend to fall right where my hips begin, covering up my small waist and making me look like a big rectangle.

In summer I can show my legs, arms or ankles to give a little structure and make it JFE - but not so in winter. Any tips for making this look work? I'm thinking low contrast top and bottom and heels (ugh) address two ways to go.

Also - is short torso the same thing as a short waist?

ETA: Does the hand trick mean 2 have from bust to navel or bust to natural waist? I thought natural waist but dinner of the responses are making me think differently..

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