While trends come and go, so much of successful personal style rests firmly in the fruits of discovering what works for you personally. Just about any trend looks great on a six foot model with few curves who embodies a hanger. That’s not to say that body type is bad. But certainly what works for that body type doesn’t necessarily work for all of us.
While my body is generally proportional, I have a slightly shorter waist relative to the vertical measurements of other sections of my body. Thus, longer tops that create the appearance of a longer waist tend to work well for me. In essence, the clothing works to trick the eye into seeing more balanced proportions, something that is always appealing in just about every facet of life.
On the other hand, a long top might not be the best option for a person with a longer torso and shorter legs (relative to each other). In that case, a shorter top and higher-waisted pants could create the opposite effect and have the same impact to balance proportions.
Although this outfit is super simple, I used the length of the sweater in an effort to achieve this more balanced proportion. Long jeans over heeled boots lengthen my legs as well, something about which I’ll likely never complain.
Very few of us have perfect proportions. Consider your own body type and compare your torso to your legs or your shoulders to your hips, for example. If one feels shorter or wider relative to the other, respectively, try using clothing and accessories to create more balance. Small shoulders and larger hips might be evened out by a blazer, thanks to the blazer’s structured shoulders. Larger shoulders and small hips, on the other hand, might look great in an A-line dress that creates a little added volume over the hips.
No matter your body type, style tricks abound to hide our least favorite attributes and accentuate the ones we love. Give it a shot! And let me know in the comments what you tried and how it worked.
Sweater – Gap via thredUP (Referral link: get $20 off your first purchase) | Jeans – Joe’s Jeans via Salvation Army | Heels – Saks Fifth Ave Black Label | Bag – Cole Haan