Oh man, long torso problems. Raise your hand if you’re with me. Bodysuits, overalls, swimsuits, jumpsuits and onesies are a minefield of camel toes and garment straining proportions. It’s the curse of the long torso-ed folk. But if you’re determined, like me, you do your best to circumvent this complication and get on with things.

Most often, I size up for extra length. When shopping I keep a post-it close by with my actual measurements including the length of my body for size charts. Not that length is often listed. But if you have that information, and the company has made the sizing information available, you’ve got a head start on getting something that fits.

If the item arrives and you’re still having problems with the fit there are things you can do. I have been known to stand in the crotch of swimmers, pull the straps towards the ceiling and stretch them out. Not recommended for garment longevity. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but it works).


Somethings that DO work to lengthen a bodysuit are;

  • Buy an extender from a maker on Etsy (or similar) – these are mostly made for baby onsies, but if a snaps extender is what you need, send a request!
  • Hook and eye problem? Try using a bra extender to give you extra length. Just make sure you’re not doing any damage to yourself with all those extra hooks.
  • Leave it unhooked and tuck into fitted, high-waisted underwear. It doesn’t always stay smooth, but this works well enough to justify the original purchase.


When I ordered this bodysuit from Boohoo.com I wasn’t surprised to note it was a wee bit short in the body, I have even sized up to the 24. The bottom half of this suit is nice and stretchy, and mine is loose which allows for a very 80s high cut look to make the whole thing work. Even if it’s more of a cropped wrap than it’s meant to be making it a little more boobs out than I’d normally wear.


That’s my point ladies and gents.


Nothing ventured, nothing gained. No shirt on the planet gives “the tuck” a cleaner line than a bodysuit. If not a bodysuit, try a bodycon or slim-fitting dress instead. Whatever you need to do, get a little creative long torso friend and see what you can make work. I mean, outfits like this are worth putting in a little effort for. For more bodysuit options, make sure you check out Universal Standard, their range is amazing and available all year round.


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Bodysuit from Boohoo.com Plus, shirt and denim skirt from 17 Sundays (now in MYER)and sneakers are New Balance via ASOS.com.

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