Proportions can make or break an outfit

Styling proportions correctly can be tricky, but it makes all the difference.

I’ll take you through a round of different tops to demonstrate some basic proportion rules.

The goal is to do a cute outfit with shorts and black tights.  We’ve already learned about proportions relative to shoes in this past post “It’s all about the shoes,” so following those guidelines, we know that if I want to have long lean legs, I should cap off black tights with a black shoe.  Tights can be tricky for shorter girls because different colors separate the look into different segments, but it can be done right.

Learn to style proportions properly
The white shirt is such a contrast to the grey shorts and black tights that we have 3 clearly different sections of this outfit. I love this Rag and Bone top, but it’s probably not the right fit for these shorts. I won’t be fooling anyone into thinking I’m taller than 5’1″ in this number.
This pop of color also does the same as the white top. The contrasting colors cause the eye to divide each section and notice the length of each individually. Don't worry though, I'll demonstrate great ways to wear color in the future, but with the black tights, a black shirt is probably going to be the best option.
This pop of color also has the same effect as the white top. The contrasting colors cause the eye to divide each section and notice the length of each individually. Don’t worry though, I’ll demonstrate great ways to wear color in the future, but with the black tights, a black shirt is probably going to be the best option.
This is the top I've landed on. Less of the contrasting grey shows with the length of this top. I appear taller and more confident with the smaller break in color from the short. There is an illusion of length because the eye is carried from the boots all the way up without focusing on the segmented shorts area.
We’re getting warmer!  Less of the contrasting grey shows with the length of this top.  My midsection is lengthened- a great trick if you’re midsection is short and you’re trying to make it look longer.   However, I liked the look of the higher waist to lengthen my legs.
Learn to style proportions correctly.
This black top works well.  The length is just right for showing off my legs.
This is the top I liked best for my body type. The high waist on the shorts gives length to my legs, the cropped top allows you to see the narrowest part of my waist. I did decide to wear it with a solid top underneath, so the midsection wouldn't be segmented by the sheer area beneath the mesh.
This is the top I liked best for my body type. In addition to lengthening my legs like the last top, the cropped top allows you to see the narrowest part of my waist, which flatters my figure. I did decide to wear it with a solid top underneath, so the midsection wouldn’t be segmented by the sheer area beneath the mesh.
Which one do you think works best? See the differences?
Which one do you think works best? See the differences?
Take a look at all three styles.
Take a look at all three styles.  I feel great in the outer two because I feel like I’m dressing my best self.

How do we do a jacket with this look?

Learn to style proportions
I would go for the black jacket on the left over the cozy grey jacket for a few reasons. First, adding another color breaks up the look. Second, the grey jacket is meant to be zipped, whereas the black jacket looks great unzipped. The difference in length from the top adds interest to the look and the panels of black created on the shorts from the jacket create a slimming color-blocking effect. You should always try to have your jacket fall at a slightly different length as your top.
This is how I actually wore this top for a night out on the town.
This is how I actually wore this outfit for a night out on the town.  Pictures are always easier when you aren’t taking them yourself!  😉
Accessories are always key.
Accessories are always key.

If you feel great in an outfit, but it breaks a few rules, so be it!  It’s about feeling like you are putting your best self out there and feeling confident when you step out of the house.

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Kate Thakkar

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