"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions."
From fashion icon and legend Coco Chanel, these words have reverberated around the fashion industry for years, and it is exactly what this blog is all about—proportions.
When looking through fashion magazines and watching certain programs, you see plenty of “mom” shorts, lace, colored jeans, high-low dresses, bright colors (teal, mint, coral, yellow, pink, etc.) and all sorts of funky patterns. But what are the best ways to put all of these patterns, colors, and fabrics together? These types of clothing can only be worn two ways: fabulous or train-wreck. It all depends on how you style them.
The picture below does a wonderful job in demonstrating the importance of proportion. Lets begin with the color. As you can see, the color of the jeans and blouse are more muted, pastel, colors. These two pieces alone would not make a show stopping outfit, and without the accessories, there would be no contrast. Alone, this outfit would have no “wow” factor. By adding a pop of color through the shoes, necklace, and the bag, it turns the entire outfit around. It adds that contrast and balance that is so pleasing to the human eye.
Now for the fit. The way the blouse fits loosely over of the tight fitted jeans gives the outfit the dynamic everyone is looking for. When you have a loose blouse on top of a baggy pant, it gives your body no curve or shape. And believe us, curves are a must!
Another important aspect of proportions is patterns and fabrics. The photo below shows two different examples of each. It has two completely different types of fabric and patterns, but what makes this outfit work so well is the subtleness of the button-up top. Although there are two different patterns—which can be difficult to work with in most cases—the blouse compliments the busy skirt rather than adding to it because of its light color and simplicity. Proportion is everything.
Men, are you feeling left out? Not to worry! Chanel’s words and the suggestions we’ve given still ring true for you. You can easily maintain your taste at work or develop an attractively grungy look by following the simple guidelines of proportions.
What are some of your favorite outfits that demonstrate the magic of proportions? Send us your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description and you could be featured on The Nomad!