Measurements to Balance Your Shape article

Started 8 years ago. There are 16 replies by 9 different members. The latest reply was from JudyC.
  1. I'm unsure what all to do with the measurements in the email. Are these measurements all supposed to be approximately the same length if one is perfectly proportioned? My outlier measurement was from knee to floor, which was the longest by several inches. What does that tell me? Confused.

  1. I've been wondering the same thing!

  2. Dear SYSters,
    By knowing where on your body you are long or short you can use clothes to balance your shape. For example, if you are short in the waist, then you can "add length" by wearing a longer top or sweater. If you are long in the waist, then wear a long top...it would accentuate your long-ness and it makes you look unbalanced and unstyled.
    Use these measurements (called vertical measurements) along with your body type to find the best style for your shape. Once you understand what silhouettes are best for you...dressing is so much easier and becomes quite fun!
    Love, Leslie MSP

  3. Leslie, how does a C lengthen her torso? I don't want the horizontal line to add to my wide hips. My legs are 66% of my height and my waist is 61% up from crotch to underarm.

  4. Janae, Follow your body type C Personal Profile. The shopping guides will suggest tops that stop at mid-hip...no lower. You are correct a top or sweater should not stop at the full part of your hip/bottom. Your measurements sound pretty close to balanced. When you take the 4 measurements...is there one that is quite a bit less than the others? Knowing where you are short tells you where you need to add length. Why do you feel you need to add length to your torso? A slightly longer leg line is more slimming...You may be just fine.

  5. Leslie, my body is long with shorter legs. However, if I wear a shorter top to lengthen my legs, I do the exposed plumber's crack when I sit/bend over. Not attractive. But higher waisted pants make my rear/hips/thighs look bigger and those are my heaviest areas so they don't need emphasizing. (But I'm not a C as I have very broad, almost square, shoulders and a large ribcage so I'm very balanced. Almost in-between a B and a C, I guess.) So, while longer tops can tend to sit where I'm widest, they seem to be more flattering than the shorter top with the higher waist. Am I missing something?

  6. Judy, Yes you are missing something. Based on what you are saying...your main goal is more leg length. You want to wear tops as short as you feel you can; then add leg length with slacks worn as long as possible. That means wearing long pants with a heeled shoe. This is how you can look slimmer/more balanced.

  7. Well, I will never wear heels so I guess I'll just be stumpy. I never have back problems unless I've spent some time in heels, then ouch! So, thanks but I'll pass. Still trying to figure out how to wear shorter tops and not expose my backside when I sit, bend over, reach, etc.

  8. Judy-How about a camiband? Jessie

  9. Judy, I hear you on not wanting to wear heels. You might still be able to "gain" leg length by choosing the right style of pants. I'm also long-waisted, with C proportions. For me, bootcut or straight-leg pants make my legs look way longer. You could also "trick" the eye with your torso. do what Helen is doing in today's photo and wear a short sweater over top of a shirt the same colour as your pants -- that way your top will look shorter but you'll still have coverage. For example, right now I'm wearing a white blouse under a sweater-vest -- worn by itself, the vest would leave a gap, but the shirt covers it while still drawing attention to the spot where the vest stops, making my torso look shorter. Or wear a really long sweater belted at your natural waist. Or, if you wear skirts, I often find those tend to stop higher (at my natural waist) without making my behind look bigger the way high-waisted pants would.

  10. Thanks for the tips, ladies. As for the camiband, why would that be different than just wearing a bit longer top? And wouldn't it add more horizontal lines making me look shorter? They just look uncomfortable or, at least, like something that would just need constant adjusting throughout the day which would drive me crazy. Or am I off-base on all that? All my pants are bootcut. I have one skirt that gets worn about twice a year. I have never been a dress wearer unless the event demands it. I'll think about the other suggestions and try to be open to them. But, oh gosh, I know I'm going to sound like Negative Nellie here but, to be honest, I really dislike the really short sweater/jackets that are bolero length or thereabouts. My slimmest area is my midriff so it seems like that length would also have a tendency to cover up that part of me and take away my shape. Maybe not. I'll try to get to a store and try some on and give that style another chance. I probably do have to be more open to some of these things as options. As for really long sweaters with a belt...I have never been able to pull that look off. Even when I was a LOT thinner than I am now with a lot smaller posterior, probably a size 2 or thereabouts in today's bloated sizes, that look just really emphasized my back-end and made me self-conscious. IIRC, they also make my legs look shorter. But I'll also try to be open to that and head to a shop to check it out as it's been years since I've tried that look on. Maybe I'm mis-remembering. I really do appreciate the tips and know I shouldn't jump to "no" on them so quickly. In some areas of my life, I tend to be set in my ways, lol. Especially with clothes because trying something new and different means I have to actually go to a store and spend some time shopping. Arrrggghhh!! Knowing my size in a few choice brands, style preference, and shopping online is so much easier but, yeah, it is limiting, too. Thanks again.

  11. Judy, I hear your frustration. I'm not sold on boleros either, at least not on me. Maybe you could try the "sweater over monochromatic top and bottom" look, not with a bolero, but with an open sweater (or other top) that stops anywhere between your natural waist and your "high hip" -- that area where you'd get exposed flesh if you weren't layering. And yes, do play around with some different looks...it doesn't cost anything to try clothes on, and you may surprise yourself! Good luck and let us know how it goes.

  12. I will...but I hate shopping so much that it might be some weeks before I drag myself somewhere to try the ideas, lol. Thanks again!

  13. I saw a blog post or article about taking several measurements that we could carry with us in our purse when shopping - and now I can't find it again or remember where I saw it...can anyone help? I'm a newbie, and just getting started figuring out my proportions, body type, etc. thanks!

  14. Can anyone send me a copy of the A Matter of proportions article? I downloaded but apparently didn't save it correctly. Thanks.

  15. Judy, just wondering if the pants could fit better. Perhaps there is a cut that would provide more coverage where you want it. There was an article in an older style post or forum about how clothes are manufactured, showing that the better brands really are cut more carefully to fit better. It takes a lot of trying on to find the right cut, but it was worth it for me. I'm not a "C" so my thoughts may not be worth much for your situation. It's just a thought. I enjoy reading your posts and I wish you success on this particular aspect of your wardrobe!

  16. You're right, lindap (Linda?) and thanks. I just need to force myself to make a trip out of town and spend a day trying on different brands to find some that work for me. I hate shopping so much, I would almost prefer struggling with jeans that look fine and fit well as long as I don't sit or bend over. Well, I say that until I sit or bend over, lol.

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