A lesson in scale and proportion

May 20, 2016

Written By

Tabitha Dumas

Scale and proportion are so important if you want to look

  • polished
  • put-together
  • balanced

As a follow up to last week’s post on contrast levels, here is

A lesson in scale and proportion.

Your print size needs to suit your frame.

A tiny print on a larger woman makes her look larger. A large print on a small woman? Yup, it makes her look smaller. 

While the print on the right is pretty…it overpowers her. All you notice is…HER PRINT. We want to notice her. 

Tabitha Dumas scale and proportion Phoenix Image Consultant Phoenix Color Analysis

The same applies to curvy or plus-size ladies. Go for larger prints to look more proportionate. The dress on the right is adorable but the print is so tiny, it makes her look bigger.

Tabitha Dumas scale and proportion Phoenix Image Consultant Phoenix Color Analysis

There’s another concept to talk about…your accessories.

The bigger the woman, the bigger her accessories can be!

I know clutches are cute but they can definitely throw off the proportion of an outfit.

Tabitha Dumas scale and proportion Phoenix Image Consultant Phoenix Color Analysis

The same is true for our petite ladies. I know over-sized totes are trendy but they can make you look like a little girl playing dress-up! 

This work for accessories, too. See how their jewelry and bags complement their frame size? 

Tabitha Dumas scale and proportion Phoenix Image Consultant Phoenix Color Analysis

Most ladies can carry a medium-size bag, of course. If you’re a larger gal, try a BIG bag and if you’re on the smaller side, go for a more petite purse.

Hem Lines

This is one of my favorite tricks to teach! Do it in front of a full-length mirror.

Heres how to know the length of your shorts, skirts and pants will be flattering. You might have to do a ballet “plie” (squat a bit at the knees) to reveal your openings. And if you don’t have three diamonds, that’s completely normal. 

Your best hem length will hit at the center of a diamond.

That’s why I preach about going shorter with your shorts–most ladies look great with a mid-thigh length.

This is also why the pedal pusher trend works well.

Just make sure to not have your hem hit at the widest part of your calf–similar to the tip about wearing tops that hit below the widest part of your belly. It really does make a difference in how balanced we look. Try this out and let me know what you think! Remember you can tuck or roll your pants or shorts legs to see how it looks. 

Hem lengths diamonds in the legs Tabitha Dumas Phoenix Image Consultant

Experiment and have fun with scale and proportion! Have someone take pictures of you wearing different prints, bags and accessories–seeing it in pictures is often more effective than looking in the mirror.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson on scale and proportion!

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