Short or Long Waisted

Started 7 years ago.
  1. Leslie's email with tips on how to measure for being short or long waisted have confused me. I'm 5'5" and my legs are super-short for my height. Even petite pants are often too long. From shoulder to crotch, I'm 31". From crotch to floor, I'm 29". I always thought this meant I was long-waisted. Yet using the email formula, I'm 12" from armpit to waist. And 14" from waist to under my bum. Which she says means I'm short-waisted. How is that possible with my short, stumpy legs? If you're short-waisted, aren't you usually long-legged? I'm confused and wonder how this impacts the way I've been choosing my fit and lengths of tops. Or does it? Any insight?

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