Choose the right lines for your look
Mock necks and open necks will make shorter-necked individuals happier and more comfortable. Cowl neck top ($24.90), Jacob.ca. (Supplied)
What you wear makes a difference. Where and how you place your clothes and accessories puts you in control of your message. There is a strategy you can use to highlight your positives and camouflage whatever you wish: it is to know where and how to draw the line. This column continues my guide to help you decide on what lines to draw on your body to achieve your best look.
- There are items with turtlenecks abutting chins to necklines that plunge down to your navel. What works best for whom? Long-necked individuals can welcome high turtlenecks and use necklaces and scarves for neck fill with open necklines. Alternatively, mock necks and open necks will make shorter-necked individuals happier and more comfortable. Yes, you can add trimmings but think of the best strategies to keep a longer line and emphasize your head and shoulders.
- The shape of your neckline can impact on your look as well. Generally it is best to avoid mirroring your jaw line. Also fill in deep necklines with a horizontal line. The severity or softness of the under layer and its trim details will contribute to your statement. You are in control of how low you go, what you add for cover, and what people see.
Tops can be sleeveless, capped, short, three quarter, wrist length or gauntlet right over your hands. Those who opt for showing more would be wise to be fit and toned. At the very least strategize to keep the eye up and away from flabby arms. Each sleeve length draws the eye to a different aspect of your arms and can make your shoulders look broader. Thus rolling up long sleeves to elbow length will have a positive effect for anyone wishing to build their torso.
- Long sleeves are warmer than short unless they are a light fabric. They cover "problem" arms.
- In general, a long sleeve should stop where your thumb starts.
- In a coat the sleeve should reach your knuckles.
- Bracelet lengths scream for fill. Use bracelets, bangles or gloves to complete your look.
- Shorter arms look great showing more skin, so roll sleeves.
- Long-armed individuals welcome sleeves that are not skimpy and hit right on mark where their thumbs start, or are rolled to their best position for their proportions.
- They can sit high above your waist, exactly on your waist or below. Slim, long-waisted individuals will enjoy a wide cumberband effect. Whereas, women with an hourglass shape will look great in a band placed exactly on their waist. The bigger-waisted and shorter-waisted individuals will love the effect of a lower waist line.
- The design of the clothes beyond the placement of the waist can have a positive effect. Fuller hipped people can utilize a fuller skirt style with a waist focus to highlight their smaller part and camouflage their bigger bottom.
- The length from the crotch to the waist band of pants determines where the waist sits. This lower rise will make short legs look shorter. Long legged, short-waisted body types will love a lower rise; while those with short legs and long torsos will benefit from higher rises.
- When you are assessing whether or not something works for you, look at the total picture and make certain that what you wear draws the best lines for your body. Next week learn a little about where to draw the line with hemlines, slits, shoe and bag straps and more.