Vertical Body Type (Body Proportions)
Now, after you already know your (horizontal) body type, lets assess your vertical body proportions. This simply means that you can determine whether you are short waisted, long waisted, short legged, long legged or balanced. After you complete this stage you will be able to decide what to wear to create a balanced look even if your body isn’t balanced. And don’t worry too much about the measurements, no body is perfect and in fact most people have slightly unbalanced body proportions. The key here is to know your body and more importantly to know what to wear to create a balanced silhouette. Stand in front of a full length mirror (or tape paper to a wall and mark your measurements there) and with a lipstick mark your:
- full height
- the position of your bust line (3 inches from the armpit)
- waist line
- hips (the level of your hip joint)
- the level of your knees
The perfectly balanced body will be divided in two equal parts by the hip line (measurements from hip to top of head and hip to floor will be the same).
The waist is balanced when it is halfway between the bust line and the hips.
- Short waisted – your waist is above the halfway mark between your bust line and your hips.
- Long waisted – your waist is below the halfway mark between your bust line and your hips.
- Short legged – your upper torso will be longer than your lower body (top of head to hips measurement will be greater than hip to floor measurement)
- Long legged – your upper torso will be shorter than your lower body (top of head to hips measurement will be less than hip to floor measurement)
- The knees should be halfway down the leg measured from the hips to the floor for balanced legs.
Usually if you are short waisted your body will be compensated with long legs. Similarly, if you are short legged you will posses longer waist so technically the 3 vertical body types are:
How to dress according to your body proportions.