Dressing Guidelines Written by
By Vertical Body Type
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.