If there was ever proof that there is nothing wrong with shorter legs, it is supermodels with these proportions. One example is the stunning Bar Refaeli, who, although rather tall [174 cm] and obviously slim, clearly has a somewhat long torso and shorter legs.
For women who have shorter, but slim thighs and calves, dressing is a little easier than those with curves or a heavier bottom half, however the general rules still apply. Even supermodels cannot get away with everything! Let's see some examples.
When off-duty, Bar likes to dress down, albeit even for her, jeans with flats are hard to get right. Showing some neckline or ankle [bottom examples] helps:
Even when pairing them with heels, watch that jeans are fitted but not too tight, and tops roomy enough - compare the top two images [where Bar's legs appear disjointed from her body] to the bottom two [much more harmonious]:
Or go for wider legged trousers - with heels of course and defined waistlines. How amazing do they look on Bar?
Heavy, high-vamp shoes, especially in a contrasting colour to your bottoms, only serve to visually cut legs off [yes, even on a supermodel!]:
And the same can apply to lace-up sandals, even with micro-mini skirts [in any case not a recommended combo] or usually leg-lengthening column-of-colour outfits, so careful careful:
Belts dropped down to the hips is not a flattering look on shorter-legged ladies, particularly not if worn over a skintight turtleneck dress:
Softly fluid dresses are much more flattering than tight ones, and high-waisted dresses are infinitely better than dropped waist ones:
Similarly, beware low-waisted trousers -- and in general, any embellishments that draw the eye to the hip area [pockets, embroidery, etc.]:
If you go maxi, go at it at full length - and especially don't cut your feet off with flat ankle boots. For the best results, if the occasion allows it, conceal heels underneath the skirt for added length:
Blazers and straight cut coats can work wonders if they have the right cut and length to smooth out the silhouette and thus lengthen the thighs - Bar wears them a lot too:
If you have the legs, dare to wear short skirts [with class] - note the simple, often nude heels, and how the last, strappy pair of shoes are less flattering:
And finally, for the glamorous amongst us: careful with thigh-high splits [;)] as they can also visually shorten legs: