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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.)

Have I totally lost all of you wonderful people? Cast your vote here. Should I keep on explaining this topic, or just move on?

  6 Responses to “Length Balancing: Pant Outfits”

  1. No, please continue. I’m just starting to get it!

  2. Didn’t you mean 40/60? or have I completely missed the idea??

  3. Actually, 40/60 is the same thing as 2 to 3. Not exactly 3 to 5, but close enough. 2 1/2 to 4 also works. But it doesn’t really matter which is first, only how they relate to each other.

  4. Uhh, just wanted to let you know you have a broken link in this post.

  5. I wonder how long it’s been that way. ???

    A true friend will tell you when you have spinach in your teeth. 🙂

  6. […] Length-balancing with pant outfits. This look is done perfectly, because the top blends with the model’s head. […]

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