Did you know you can direct the eyes of people who look at you? You can actually tell them where to look. You are in control.
How does this work?
- Cut + Shape = Eye Direction
The cut of your clothes determines how they hang on your body. Your body shape determines which cuts look best on you.
Do you know your body shape? If not, you can download my handy-dandy primer sheet from the resources page of my website.
Do you know what the cut of a jacket or top or skirt is? Cut is determined by the seams and the end point of the sleeves or hemline.
The viewer’s eye will travel the seams of an outfit and land where the clothes end. The end point is what will be emphasized.
Curvy seams on a jacket, top, or dress will cause it to hug your body curves. If you don’t have natural curves, or you do have all the right curves, this cut might flatter you. But if your body curves out where the seams curve in, the clash can create a natural disaster.
Straight seams will disguise your body’s own curves by skimming straight over them. This can be good if your middle curves out instead of in. But if you want to show your own curves, this cut may make you look more like a box.
Hip-Length jackets and tops will guide the viewer’s eye to your hips and then stop. If you want to emphasize your hips, this is good. Otherwise, a jacket that is a bit longer will help minimize hip size. Be careful of going too long if you’re short, though. The best length is just below the widest part of your hips. A shorter jacket, as in a cropped, or waist-length jacket, will make the eye stop at your waist. It can make your waist appear larger. Tucking in a blouse will have the same effect.
3/4 Sleeves stop at the widest part of your hips, when your arms are at your side. Opting for full-length sleeves is more slimming.
Crop Pants end at the widest part of your calf. This will make you look wider and shorter. Ankle length pants or Bermuda shorts end at slim points on your leg. Either will make you look thinner and taller.
Knee-Length Skirts/Dresses will make you look thinner because they end at a slim part of your leg. Dresses and skirts that end at mid-calf have the same effect as crop pants.
Now that you’re in the know, evaluate the clothes in your closet. Do they flatter your figure?