This is what I mean by the body equation, and I’ll give you some pointers on how to put together your own set of personalized guidelines, because you are an individual and body shape guidelines are just that, guidelines, not specific recommendations that you have to follow or that they will all work for you. Only you can decide how much weight various factors should be given when compiling your own set of guidelines. Once we have the information from the three parts of the body equation, we can begin to put it all together. This article describes how to create your own figure flattery guidelines with the Body Equation. Everything to know.
Let’s Start with Body Shape
One’s silhouette is a representation of their body type when viewed from the front.
Body shape tells you:
- Placement of horizontal lines, which can be used to achieve harmony or expansion, is discussed.
- Should I put in some verticals to make me look taller or thinner?
- The best spots to place accents and focal points
- Where brevity and lack of embellishment will help avoid drawing unwanted attention
- The dress’s general cut
Add horizontal details above the bust to balance your hips, at the knees and below to balance your hips, and at the waist to highlight your small waist if you have an A-shaped body, for example.
A good way to visually elongate and slim your thighs, hips, and legs is to incorporate vertical elements below the waist.
Attention will be focused on what you’re wearing above the waist.
A fit-and-flare cut that hugs your curves in the right places will give you the most flattering overall silhouette.
Because not everyone conforms neatly to a single body type, it’s necessary to take cues from a few different types to create a successful look for those individuals.
The length of a skirt or the shoulder of a top, however, is a matter of personal preference and should be adjusted according to the wearer’s frame.
Let’s Discuss Body Proportions
You can use your body proportions, or your vertical body shape, to determine the ideal lengths for all of your hems when shopping for clothes.
- Sleeve lengths
- Top lengths
- Jacket lengths
- Skirt lengths
- Trouser lengths
- Necklace lengths
If you don’t feel like going into too much depth, you can stick to these brief suggestions.
Short legs? Short skirts, short tops, short sleeves, short necklaces.
Long legs? Longer skirts, longer tops, longer jackets, longer sleeves, longer necklaces
Balanced? Then go midway – neither long nor short! Go midway!
For example, is the midi-length skirt great for you? This comes into your body proportions, not body shape!
Then There are Your Body Variations
Everything else about you besides your body’s shape and proportions, such as
These are all strengths; it’s just that there are times when they should be highlighted and times when they should be hidden. You get to make the call!
Whether you are an A shape with a small bust or a large bust, you will use some of the same guidelines, but not all, and you will adapt them to suit your unique shape and proportions.
Another possibility is that you need to develop your own set of rules because you are short-legged despite being a petite, which is the case with the majority of guidelines.
How your unique body proportions and shape look can be affected by a number of factors.
To Put it All Together You Need to Become a Magician
It is possible to create optical illusions by playing with line (verticals, horizontals, etc.), design details, and scale in your clothing.
- Equalize or enlarge with the help of horizontal lines.
- Experiment with vertical lines to make yourself look taller or thinner.
- You can draw attention away from or towards an object by using diagonal lines.
- To emphasize and center your work, use specifics.
- You can use color to emphasize something or to make it disappear.
- Check the scales before you
Highlights: bold upper-body pattern and a show-stopping owl pin. There are long, vertical lines in the design on my pants; make them even longer. Match your shoe and pant colors to avoid drawing attention to the length of your legs. The curved top hem covers my stomach discretely without drawing attention to the length of my legs. Accentuated by fluted sleeves. My body is more of a H shape, so a straight silhouette would flatter me and hide the fact that I don’t have much of a waist.
Create Your Own Personalised Style Guidelines
- Consider this the distraction element of the clothing magician, as crucial as the illusion elements themselves, and give special attention to the part you’ve chosen to highlight.
- To make a part of your body look longer, you can decide to emphasize it with vertical lines.
- Make a decision about whether or not you want the area to be balanced, and if so, add horizontals to the narrower area to achieve that balance.
- To make a section of your design uninteresting and unremarkable, you can make it plain and devoid of details, give it a darker hue to make it recede, and keep horizontal lines away from it.
- Find out how your hemlines should fall to look best on your body type.
- You can use larger or smaller scale elements or details to achieve balance once you’ve determined your overall scale and the scale of your body and features.
In the end, it’s up to you to prioritize the advice given to you based on what matters most to you. Playing around with hem lengths, shapes, and focal points to find what really works for your beautiful, unique body is the best way to figure out your own set of figure flattery guidelines.
Take my body shape calculator quiz and get your free body shape bible if you have no idea what your shape is and want to start there. As part of my 7 Steps to Style program, I offer my expert opinion on your shape, proportions, and what flatters (along with discovering your best colours plus how your personality influences all your style choices). It’s the comprehensive course on modern fashion that you were too busy to take in school, but which will teach you what works and what doesn’t.
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