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Wardrobe Consultations - Michigan’s MoM Sewing Services


 

Proportion

Understanding your proportions is the key to dressing yourself to your best advantage. Few of us have perfect proportions that would allow us to wear almost anything, but we can create the illusion of average proportions by dressing in lines that fool the eye.


Prepare prior to your appointment

Ideally, your shoulders should be just an inch or so wider than your hips to allow the lines of your clothes to fall loosely over the hips from the shoulders. To determine your proportions, stand in stocking feet against a door and ask someone to make tiny pencil marks to indicate where each shoulder bone and hip bone is situated. Measure the distances between the marks. If your hips are more than an inch wider than your shoulders, or vice versa, you can take steps to give the illusion of a better proportion. Next, mark your height; then mark your leg length at the point where your thigh joint "breaks" from the hip. Measure both distances from the floor. The average leg length is half of your entire height. If your measurements reveal a discrepancy of more than an inch either way, you will want to use some camouflage, though slightly long legs are often an advantage.
Now, mark the door at your waist and your armpit. The well-proportioned waist falls in the middle between the armpit and the leg "break". A variation of more than an inch defines you as either high-waisted or short-waisted.

Make progress

Write down these measurements on the following chart to refer to them as we discuss the ways to flatter each part of your body. If you wish to have more specific clothing advice see me for an appointment for a personalized at-home wardrobe consultation.

 

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