Styling Tip #6: Balancing Proportions

Styling Tip #6: Balancing Proportions

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Styling your outfits so that there is a harmonised balanced proportion is the key to making your look appear polished. The way to achieve this is to first determine what your body shape is. If unsure, grab a tape measure and measure your bust, waist and hips. 

Oversized Clothing

Oversized, slouchy sweatshirts are very popular and have become a must-have, especially during these times. However they can also look sloppy if they are not styled well. If you are going oversized and loose on the top, then the bottom half needs to be paired with something slimmer. If you are going for the full loungewear look, pairing a sweatshirt and sweatpants that have a similar fit is also a good shout. 

Balancing Prints & Solids

We love a print, however prints need to be balanced well in order to really be appreciated. Whether you're wearing something printed on the upper half of your body or the bottom half, the opposite side should be styled with something in a solid colour. This way there is a balance and the attention goes to the print. Layering a solid coloured strappy jumpsuit on top of a printed top is also a nice, subtle way to incorporate print. 

Aesthetically Pleasing Proportion

The golden ratio of an aesthetically pleasing proportion is when the top makes up 1/3 of the outfit and the trousers make up the remaining 2/3. The look will appear well put together and balanced. If you aren't feeling wearing two pieces of items and want to throw on a dress instead, try adding a belt on the waist to create a natural illusion of this golden ratio proportion. 

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