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Dressing Guidelines
By Vertical Body Type

Written by Liz Lew, 7 years ago, 0 Comments

Editor’s note: The way you dress can have a pronounced  effect upon yur success as an entrepreneur. Your style communicates much about who you are, and taking the time  to show a better look sub-verbally communicate the message that you will enhance the reputation of whoever you work with.  In this first of a multi-part series, we asked style consultant Liz Lew to give our readers some tips on how to take your style to the next level.

Turning up your style Tutorial #1 : Know Your Vertical Body Type

Your torso to leg ratio determines your best styles and focal points. Below are some general guidelines for you to consider.


Longer Legs and Shorter Torso

  • Crotch-length and longer over-blouses, tops and jackets.*
  • Eyes-down accessories.*
  • Skirts and pants without waistbands.
  • Narrow non-contrasting belts.
  • Dresses that flow through the waistline.
  • Long-line accessories.
  • Low to medium heels.

Shorter Legs and Longer Torso

  • Short to medium-long, tops, blouses and jackets (boleros to knuckle length).
  • Eyes-up accessories.
  • Straight skirts rather than wide or flared styles.
  • Stockings that blend with the shoes and hemline.
  • Medium to wide belts.
  • Waisted as well as non-waisted dresses.
  • Classic-width pants.
  • Medium to high heels.
  • Belts that are medium to wide depending on weight and age.

Legs and Torso Equal Length

  • Medium to medium-long over-blouses, tops and jackets.
  • 7.5 cms (3") under the navel to knuckle length.
  • Waistbandless skirts and pants and narrow belts.
  • No contrasting colors at the waistline.
  • Dresses that flow through the waist.
  • Medium to medium-long necklaces, vests and scarves.

About Liz Lew

Liz Lew is a style consultant. Her company,, helps people to learn useful style tips and tricks based on fashion line and design, optical illusions, and proper proportion. These tips help determine decide what current fashion trends are most flattering. Every woman can uncover her own fabulous look by fundamentally understanding what basic fashion principles apply to her. Interested in discovering how all of your features interact to create your best look? Visit and create your personalized style blueprint. For men, see