One of the neat things about clothes is that you can use them to create optical illusions. So if you want to look taller, shorter, thinner, or heavier, you can use your clothes to do that. One of the most interesting ways to do so is by using the one third, two thirds proportion.
Even numbers create balance. Uneven numbers create interest.
So if you visually cut your body in half by wearing a top and a bottom of equal length, it creates visual balance.
But it can be boring. It can also draw attention to your trouble spots and make you look heavier if your hips are your widest part. If you tend to carry weight all over, this combination can make you look big all over. Not good.
So opt for a one third, two thirds proportion instead. It’s both interesting AND flattering.
Here’s how it works:
Imagine visually dividing your body into thirds: head to waist, waist to knee, knee to foot.
Determine which third offers your most flattering feature, like a long neck, tiny waist, or great legs. Then, concentrate on featuring THAT third while downplaying the other two thirds. All the attention will go to your best feature while skimming over the trouble spots.
Great Top Third
Great Middle Third
Great Bottom Third
See how this works?
Regardless of your shape or size, people look at your best feature because that’s where the focus is. The uneven proportion also creates interest because it’s not the “same old, same old”.
Moreover, one third, two thirds can make you look taller or shorter than you are, depending on where you put the focus.
If you’re petite, keep the focus around your face by downplaying the rest of your ensemble. This draws the eye up and makes you look taller.
If you’re tall, put the focus on your mid section in a way that visually “chops you up.” This will make you seem shorter.
See how versatile this clothing trick is?
So instead of always striving for balance, mix it up a bit and see what happens. Try the one third, two thirds option yourself and see how fashion savvy you feel.
Diana Pemberton-Sikes is an image consultant and author of Signature Style Blueprint, an ecourse that shows women how to create a signature style that suits their budget, body shape, and clothing personality. Get Signature Style Blueprint today.