Why Garment Proportions are important

If you have ever attended my frustrated to fabulous styling class, you know that I love breaking myths and strongly believe that style rules as dictated are meant to be broken.

BUT BUT BUT, you should know the game before cheating on it šŸ˜‰

When you go to a store to pick up a skirt or trouser or top, you look at the color the design detail, the pattern, you look at size, however, do you look the length of the garment? Yes, you do look whether it’s a long shirt or a short skirt, whether it a short top or a tunic, but very rarely one looks at garment proportions with how you will wear it.


Let us see some pictures below

garment proportion 1.jpg

  • In this picture, I am wearing a scuba fabric fitted skirt with a long white top and one with a short white top.
  • It’s a myth that women with the heavier lower body should wear top to cover the whole hips.
  • The important point of creating an illusion with body proportions is not taken into considerations.
  • The longer white top is making my garment proportions looks 2:1 and the shorter one gives the illusion of 1:1
  • The moment we give an illusion of longer upper torso for a knee length skirt, it will make us look short and stout.

See two more pictures below to get clarity


In this the tucked in shirt gives an illusion of longer lower torso / longer legs and the top that is left outside gives an illusion of no waist curve and that the body has smaller legs as compared to tucked in image.

Incase you have a midriff then, buy tops that cover half of your hip thus also giving an illusion of shorter upper torso.


  • In this image, the first dress has no waist, so there are no garmwnt porportions to show.
  • the second dress has a drop waist, thus the garment proportions are 1:1
  • The third dress is creating an illusion of longer legs are creating a waist and garment porportions of 1:3

Your takeaway for you from this is

  1. For western garments like a skirt, dress , pants, tops ideal garment proportion is minimum 1:2
  2. For indian garments like a kurta, tunic, churidar, pants, ideal garment proportion is minimum 2:1
  3. In case of the garment up to knee level, 1: 2 is a good proportion to create. However if you are a diamond / round body shape or have a midriff variation, then 1:1 is okay since you wont be able to wear short tops / tucked in tops.
  4. In case of fuller garments like a trouser/maxi dresses or skirts, creating a 1:3 and above is advisable. Again with a diamond / round body shape or have a midriff variation / heavier bust , create a 1:2. Creating a 1:1 here will make you look short and stout.

All in all, when picking any piece, always keep in mind how you will style / wear it so as to give you a clarity about the proportion it will give you.




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Jainee Gandhi is an accomplished and acclaimed senior Image consultant who operates under her firm Imagedge Academy. Head hunter to head turnerā€¦ A classy personal shopperā€¦ Bringing Indian wear back to corporatesā€¦ One of the very few Senior Certified Image Professionals in Asiaā€¦ A celebrated and highly featured Image coachā€¦ Mentor for budding Image consultantsā€¦ There are many phrases that have been used to describe her work in the last half a decadeā€¦ But what she really is, is a person who has a passion to get every individual portray their best authentic image ā€“ with a focus on appearance ā€“ for more often than not there is nothing more powerful than the impression of the first look. Her motto is ā€œRefuse to be unseenā€. Jainee believes in a holistic way of Image makeover for her clients and image professionals. She believes that ā€œStyle has to be inclusive of all age, size, color, restrictions of any sorts will limit clients in a box and not let them explore their true worth.ā€ She has established a few offerings in this space www.ImagedgeAcademy.com, The Indie Attire, Master Class for Image Consultants, StylingReDefine.comā€“ a unique blog to simplify styling.

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