Sunday, March 25, 2012

Learning How to Balance Your Body Proportions

The scale, size and proportion of your clothes are not normally things you think about when you dress each morning. But I’d like to change your way of thinking. These three things are the important elements of dressing well.

What length of dress is best for you? 
Can you wear a maxi dress if you are petite or if you are plus-sized?

The wrong proportions can make you look heavy or not quite right. You might wear something one day, but not understand WHY you don't look right in it. On the other hand, when you DO understand how to work your body proportions and those of the clothes you are can change yourself into a well “put-together” woman--everyday!

Understanding whether or not a new seasonal trend is for you, means you understand your own body shape (your individual body proportions) and can examine a garment's proportion to determine if the trend will work for you--or not.

Proportion is the way parts of your body relate to your body as a whole. My MissusSmartyPants system of Personal Profiles helps women everywhere achieve the right proportions and how to balance her shape by understanding how to choose the right styles that will flatter.

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 (and your body shape) 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 shape. 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.
Can you wear a cropped pant and look good?

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!

Love, Leslie

BIO: Leslie Gonzales AKA MissusSmartyPants--check out her website to learn how to makeover your style,

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