Maybe you have observed before that size and even a body shape are not the complete factors for understanding what clothing suits you better that other. Maybe you go shopping with a friend who wears the same size as you do, but the same clothing models suit you differently? Why your friend looks good in mini skirts but on you they look too daring? And why maxi skirts look so amazing on you while your friend looks a bit strict and old-fashioned wearing them? Answer is deference in vertical body proportions.
Vertical body proportions is distribution of body “space” vertically from head to toe. In other words, by vertical body proportions we understand proportions between torso, legs and rise length.
It's important to know and consider body proportions as much as body shape. Dressed up correctly, your figure will look good and balanced.
Figures with the same size and body shape still may look different in the same clothing. Something may look terrific on you whole your friends with the same body shape will need something else for a better look. Reason is difference in proportions.
Body proportions have significant impact to determining what models of tops and bottoms suit you best and recommended to you.
There are three types of figures from vertical body proportions aspect:
Low-waisted figures (or also called as long-waisted figures because of longer torso).
Body proportions of low-waisted figures are characterized by short rise and average to short legs. Or by long rise, short legs and longer torso.
By rise we understand distance between crotch and waistline.
Balanced-waisted figures. They have balanced rise and balanced legs. None of them look longer or shorter.
High-waisted figures (in some sources also called short-waisted because of shorter torso). Body proportions are characterized by short rise and long legs. Or long rise, average to short legs and shorter torso.
All three types of vertical body proportions are healthy and normal. Again, the only what you need is to know your proportions and dress up accordingly.
That's quite easy to find out what your body proportions are. Stand in front of the mirror to see your figure clearly. Then put your hands to your natural waistline. After that put one of your hands flat below the bust, and put another hand same way below the first hand.
If both your hands can fit between the bust and natural waistline, you have low-waisted figure.
If only one hand and half of another can fit between the bust and waistline, you have balanced body proportions.
If less than 1.5 hands fit between the bust and waistline, your figure is long waisted and probably you are long on legs.
Well done, now you know what your vertical body proportions are! Let's move forward.
All three body proportions types have different style recommendations. You can find them in our post Style ideas for different vertical body proportions.
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