The scale, size and proportion of your clothes are not normally what you think about when you dress in the morning. But if I have anything to say—I’d like to change your thinking. These are the MAIN elements to dressing well and they are important to know about.
Balancing Your Proportions...The wrong proportions can make you look heavy or not quite right. The correct proportions can change you into a well “put-together” woman.
Proportion is the way parts of your body relate to your body as a whole. My MissusSmartyPants system of Personal Profiles helps you achieve the right proportions and balance with your own body shape.
The object of proportion is to make your body (regardless of its shape) appear to be as close as possible to an “hourglass” shape. This is where certain styles of clothes either work for YOU or they don’t.
Have you ever seen a woman that appeared poorly dressed—but you didn’t know why? Chances are she was wearing the wrong proportions for her body type. By knowing how to highlight and minimize with the right clothing proportions, you will never have this happen to you! EVERY woman can look stunning and stylish when they have selected the right proportions.
Here's how to “put together” your proportions:
Scale and size—Wear the right size. This is about fit, not label size. Sometimes women get caught up in “vanity sizing”. This is when you get excited about the “number” on the label. Manufacturers know this and are making clothes larger in each size. This psychological ploy often makes women buy the item! You should really get more excited about a terrific fit and remove the label! Fit is everything!
Stay on scale—Keep in mind your body size. If you are petite, your accessories and prints should be smaller. If you are a petite-plus size woman—your accessories can be larger. If you are tall and statuesque or are a larger woman, your accessories and prints should be larger and in scale to your body size.
Watch your horizontal lines—Almost every body part on your body has the potential to create a “horizontal line”. The human eye is drawn to lines or color changes. Where your clothes stop on your body creates horizontal lines. Think about it, your ankles, calves, knees, hips, waist and neckline, sleeve length—all are horizontal lines. When you wear dark blue jeans and a light pink tee-shirt, the place where the two meet is a horizontal line.
There’s more but…These are a few of the main factors that help balance your body’s proportions. There are other things to take into consideration when dressing, the length, the color (how light or dark) exposed skin, etc. Dressing well is an art form and when you discover its beauty…yours will shine through!