Have you ever felt compelled to use clothing, accessories, makeup, and shoes to make yourself look a bit different? High heels to look taller, monochrome outfit to appear leaner, darker colors to look slimmer? At one point, anyone uses these well-known ‘tricks’ to achieve a certain look they strive for.
But what if I told you that these tricks not only don’t work, but produce an absolutely opposite effect to what you’re trying to achieve? I’ve got a perfect example to demonstrate it. Let’s take a look at the absolutely lovely and stunning Eva Longoria:
Eva is reportedly 157cm tall (5ft ½ in). Does she look that short though? She looks perfectly proportionate, delicate, her height isn’t strikingly small. Now let’s put Eva Longoria among taller celebrities:
Suddenly she looks very short! The woman on the far right is reportedly 178cm – not that big of a difference with Eva, but she looks so much taller.
It’s the contrast that makes Eva Longoria look so small here compared to her peers. Remember those optical illusions with lines that appear different, but they aren’t or circle like in the header image of this article? Our eyes are trained to judge everything in comparison – that’s the necessary evolutionary ability. If Eva Longoria would pose among people of similar height, would she appear so short? Not at all – she’d appear to be just normal height:
The question is: Why try to change and fight your natural features when you can rock them like nobody else can? You are the unique and outstanding YOU that nobody else can be, so why not turn your wardrobe from an foe that just accentuates the features you maybe want to alter a bit into a good friend that flaunts your every feature and makes you absolutely proud of them?
Now, everyone can wear whatever they want and whatever makes them happy. However, realizing your own worth and beauty is valuable to anyone.
Here I have to mention Kibbe body types that, unlike the majority of systems, encourages to learn your own features and compose your outfits, hairstyles, and makeup, in harmony with them instead of trying to ‘fix’ them. Even those who don’t know their body type can use this system to their benefit and learn a bit more about themselves:
Waist Definition. Very easy to say if you need waist definition or not. Look at yourself in the mirror from few steps away. Do you see a pronounced waist? Don’t mind the measurements! Audrey Hepburn’s waist-to-hips ratio was even smaller than Marylin Monroe’s, but Audrey looks straight and tomboyish, while Marylin – a ripe hourglass. The more sharply defined your waistline is, the more defined it has to be in your outfits.
Tall vs Short. How tall do you LOOK like? When you tell people your height, are they surprised by it at all? Do they say they thought you were taller (look tall) or shorter (look shorter)? The taller you look, the more you can wear long vertical lines, such as same color dress with no waist definition or same color suit.
Have you heard that myth that if you want to look taller, just wear same color outfit or something long, such as jacket or long cardigan? In reality, it accentuates your height even more because it shows how short you actually are compared to that long line on your body.
All About Proportions. If a person has athletic build, broader bone structure, and is moderate to tall, then tiny delicate pieces might look disproportionally small on them. Same with small, delicate women: large chunky pieces may look disproportionally large on them. Take a look at how Hayden Panettiere’s black earrings is almost the first thing you can see when looking at the picture and how Sofia Vergara’s earrings look not too chunky on her:
There’s a lot to unravel when it comes to proportions and Kibbe’s body type system, but it’s not as hard as it may seem.
Takeaway: harmony of proportions between your features and pieces you wear is more pleasing to the eye because it doesn’t create a harsh contrast.
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