Body Proportions Explained
"Why a Proportional Body Shape Matters and How to Achieve It"
Ever wonder why an outfit just looks great on someone, even though you don't particularly like the clothes?
That's usually because of the proportions of that look. When an outfit is balanced, it looks proportional, and we're attracted to this kind of symmetry. It is also why some face and body shapes can be considered more attractive than others.
If one proportion is bigger/smaller/longer/shorter than the other, you will need to balance out this proportion or the opposite of it to visually change the apparent difference in size/length.
Basically, adjusting your body proportions can help you create a balanced silhouette, and can help you look taller and slimmer; shorter and curvier.
Best Body Figure with
The Hourglass Shape fulfills the symmetry-criteria and is considered an ideal body shape.
|We all have different preferences. Everyone has different opinions of what's attractive or not. Some like it curvy, others prefer it slim. There really aren't an ultimate ideal body shape. Sure, we're automatically attracted to a proportional shape, but that doesn't mean you *have* to have that to look good. There are other things that are considered attractive.|
So how do you exactly do that?
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To balance the overall shape, add a top with volume (like for example ruffles or other details that draw the eye back up).
2. If you have wide shoulders and want to highlight your killer shoulders, then you can wear a tube top but make sure you balance out the look by wearing flared pants or skirt.
If you have curves wear a detail-rich or light-colored top with the fitted skirt. If you have a full bust, wear something more solid and simple on top because the skirt will already balance out your heavy upper body.
Seriously. You can practically wear almost anything you like as long as you have the body proportions in mind!
The guidelines for the various different body shapes only give you a basic starting point in achieving a proportional silhouette in conjunction with your body figure. But what most fashion experts haven't emphasized is the fact that you can wear whatever you want as long as it is in balance with whatever you wear it with, and not necessarily your body shape only.
I'm sure you've discovered contradictions when it comes to dressing your horizontal and vertical body shape. For example, if you are a Pear with a short waist. The guidelines for Pears say that long tops emphasize your curves but the vertical body shape rules tell you to wear long tops to elongate your torso.
What do you do now?
Simple. Wear the long top but add a pair of eye catching earrings to bring the eye back up.
But what if you're an Apple with long torso and short legs?
A short jacket can make your upper body look more toppled. But how about wearing the short jacket with a pair of flare or bootcut jeans?
Now, here are more ideas on how to add more weight or camouflage to parts of your body that is out of proportion:
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Like for example, if you want to draw attention away from your arms and to your toned chest, wear a white V-neck top and layer it with a dark
Just like light colors, you can use patterns to accentuate your better half (upper or lower half) or expand areas that lack width and plumpness.
So if you want to draw attention to your upper body, wear a print top with a plain pair of pants or a skirt. Or if you have great legs, wear a pair of gorgeous heels with cute straps.
Don't be afraid to wear prints if you want to look thinner. Prints usually camouflage a muffin top - you just need the right print and scale for your body figure. Small to medium prints on small to average body scale, and medium prints on bigger body figures. Bigger prints can also work if you're a plus-size but the pattern must complement your body shape.
Also, prints with a dark color base and/or vertical patterns don't have a widening effect.
Sequins, shimmer, beads, studs, metal hardware... They're great for highlighting and drawing attention away from body parts you're not confident about.
Strappy shoes and large earrings are two great pieces that accentuate your best assets, as well as create balanced body proportions.
Do you have great legs? Why not slip on a strappy or bright colored pair of shoes? Or what about glossy tights?
If you love your cleavage, try a ruffle blouse.
Or what about your defined waist? Accentuate it with a detailed wide belt over a simple dress.
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