To dress well, it’s important to understand your shape, but it’s equally important to understand your proportions and whether you are high- or low – waisted as this have a strong bearing on the length of skirts and tops that will be most flattering on you.
Broadly speaking, if you have balanced proportions you will measure the same from the top of your head to your leg break. (The leg break is the crease where your leg meets your body if you raise your knee). Few of us are lucky enough to be perfectly proportioned, but following these guidelines will help you appear more balanced.
Shorter Legs + Low Waist
If the length from your leg break to the ground is shorter than from the same point to the top of your head, the following will generally work best for you:
- Shorter skirts
- Shorter tops and jackets
- Shorter sleeves
- Shorter necklaces
- High heels with a low front (vamp) and a pointed toe– avoid ankle straps
- Co-ordinate footwear to tights and/or hemline
Longer Legs + High Waist
If the opposite is true, then your legs are long in proportion to your overall height and the following should work well for you:
- Longer skirts
- Longer jackets and tops (don’t tuck in!)
- Wearing pattern/colour on bottom half
- Textured/patterned hosiery (if legs are slim)
- Longer sleeves
- Longer necklaces
- Rounded or square toe shoes, ankle straps (if ankles are slim)
Of course this is by no means the whole story as there are other factors that come into play such as your scale, the shape of your legs and width of your hips but these tips should provide good starting point.