Previously I explained employing the Golden Mean principle of pleasing proportion when wearing a dress. After clarifying a point or two today, I hope to show how the same principle works when wearing pants.
1) See yesterday’s post for a way to test a monochromatic look. If the color works for you, feel free to wear a monochromatic look of any length.
2) A 3 to 5 ratio is close to the same thing as 60/40. It is okay to vary proportions a few inches from the ideal, it makes things more interesting.
Two easy ways to make a pant outfit appear balanced:
1) Wear a top which approximates the colors and contrast level in your head, with a different color trousers. Tuck the top in at the waist.
2) Pair low-rise jeans with a colored top, untucked, and a belt.
In the first example, the 3 “Cuisennaire Rods” are measured from the top of the head to the waist; the 5 are from waist to sole. This is the same concept as a skirt and hose and shoes, all the same color, with a tucked in blouse. In the second, the head is not included in the calculation; the 3 units are from collar to shirt-tail and the 5 are measured from the bottom of the belt to the hem of the jeans. (I have short legs so I always incorporate my shoe color into the bottom portion of my outfit.)
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