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The Best Swimsuits For Short Torsos

When it comes to choosing the perfect swimsuit, we’re all about wearing what you feel amazing in. And while ALT girls know that rules are made to be broken, understanding what swimwear styles flatter your figure best can take the guesswork out of shopping. One q we’ve seen pop up in our DMs? How to find the best swimsuit for a short torso.


Whether you’ve got legs for days or are petite from head to toe, we’re here to help you find swimwear that flatters your figure to perfection. Rocking a short torso? Read on to find your ultimate combo…

I Have… A Short Torso + Long Legs

If you’ve been blessed with long legs and a short torso, bikini bottoms that sit low on your hips are your new BFF. Because you don’t need the leg-lengthening power of a high-cut leg line, you can pull off a bikini bottom that’s a true low- or mid-rise. The Cindy or Bianca bottoms can be worn lower on the hip, creating the illusion of a longer torso. Take it one step further with a halter or one-shoulder bikini top that creates a lengthening effect through the decolletage.

I Have… A Short Torso + Short Legs

If you’re petite all over, look for swimwear that’s minimal coverage for maximum impact. A skimpy string bikini is the perfect blank canvas for your poolside look. A classic or inverted triangle top will create a vertical illusion through the torso, while a high-cut bikini bottom with string sides will lengthen the legs (and can be adjusted to suit your figure perfectly). Cheeky or Brazilian coverage through the back is another way to get that legs for days look without overwhelming your frame.

I Want… The Best One-Piece Swimsuit For A Short Torso

Shorter torsos can totally pull off a one-piece – it’s all about choosing a suit with details that lengthen your silhouette. A plunging neckline is a sultry (and super simple) way to create the illusion of a longer torso – Arlia and Zelda are our top picks if you’re ready to take the plunge. If a deep neckline isn’t your thing, a one-piece with angular cut-outs at the waistline will achieve the same effect.

I Want… The Best Bikini For A Short Torso

When choosing a two-piece, look for separates that are on the skimpier side. String bikini bottoms can be worn lower on the hips to create the illusion of a longer torso, while a halter neckline will help draw the eye up to your shoulders. If you’re feeling bold, a bikini top with a hint of under-boob will offset a shorter torso by visually lifting the decolletage (no push-up or wires necessary!).


At ALT, it’s our mission to make you look and feel incredible no matter your shape or size. From bikini sets to the perfect one-piece, our edit of swimwear for short torsos is designed to celebrate your natural beauty – beachside, poolside and every Euro summer in between.

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