You know when you go into a shop and try on a sweet pair of jeans in your size, but they either go half way up your back and look like total mom jeans, or are way too low, giving you a serious case of muffin top? Well, that’s because the proportions aren’t right for you. If you’ve got muffin top, the rise is too low. DO YOU HEAR ME? If you have muffin top, the rise on your jeans is too low!! I see it all the time… a slender gal in a pair of low rise jeans with a serious case of totally unnecessary muffin top, when all she needs to do is wear a pair of jeans that fit her rise.
Proportions baby. Know yours!
Let me tell you something WICKED IMPORTANT:
Clothing, for the most part, is designed for a body with ideal body proportions. The problem with this is obvious. How many people actually have "ideal" body proportions?? Not many.
Let’s start with the basics. The VERY first thing you want to figure out is if your body is balanced, long torso-ed or long legged. Here’s how you figure it out:
1. Measure from the top of your head to your crotch. 2. Measure from your crotch to the floor.
Balanced Body - In a balanced body, the head to crotch measurement and the crotch to floor measurement are equal.
You're lucky. Clothes are made for you!
Short Torso/Long Legs - If your head to crotch measurement is shorter than your crotch to floor measurement, then you have a short torso, with longer legs.
TIPS: To elongate your torso, chose shirts medium to long in length, and wear them untucked. V-necks and plunging necklines elongate your torso. Low rise pants will balance your proportions. Show off your long legs by wearing distressed jeans, or colors that are light and bright. Avoid boatneck styles - they'll make your torso look short and square.
Long Torso/Short Legs - If your head to crotch measurement is longer than your crotch to floor measurement, then you have a long torso and shorter legs. **THIS IS ME**
TIPS: To elongate your leg, pants/skirts should be high-ish waisted, darker colors should be worn on bottom, and skirts should hit ABOVE the knee. To shorten the torso, shirts should float away from the body, concealing your natural waist. Long, fitted shirts will make your torso look even longer.
Next, we need to break it down so you can figure out where you're short, where you're long, and where you're balanced. (ie - my head is balanced, my décolletage is long, my waist is short and my rise is long) I know it seems complicated, but it's not. This information is just as important as knowing your body shape!!! It'll help you figure out so many closet conundrums, it'll blow your mind. We'll go into all the details next week!
Stay tuned, because I'm MAKING A VIDEO! I'll draw it out in a diagram too, but because I'm so committed to helping you figure this out, I'm going to SHOW you exactly how to measure your body length proportions. And then we'll talk all about how to dress your proportions!
As usual, if you've got questions, comments, or simply a story to share go ahead and leave a comment.
To your VIBRANCY! xo Stasia
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