Body Proportions Explained – Balanced with Short Mid-Body


If you have a long chin to mid-bust point and long knee to sole of the foot proportion, but your thigh is short as is your waist, and if both halves of your body are relatively equal, then you may have a balanced body, but with a short mid-body.

Since you have a long decolletage, play it up, wear great jewellery, or put interesting detail and necklines on to draw attention to it.
As you have longer calves, draw attention to your feet with fabulous shoes. Skirt hems can also be detailed to draw the eye to this longer proportion. Keep skirts and dresses around knee length to make your legs look longer.
Keep your shorter mid-body clear of detail. Avoid wide belts. Use empire waist garments to create the illusion of a longer waist.

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  • Wow. I don't think I can even imagine this body proportion (though I may well have it!) – for some reason I find these proportion posts challenging to understand (not because of how you describe it, which is very clear). It's just some kind of visual block I guess.

  • This is me! (although I try to think of myself as long-legged, rather than short bodied) Imogen your tips are spot on. Princess lines work really well for me, as do knee length skirts and deep necklines.

  • K.Line – just looking at your pic on your blog you look fairly balanced.

    Goodworks – glad to be of assistance!

    Jamtart – I like to think of myself as long legged too!
    Always accentuate the positive.

  • This isn't quite my body type since I don't really have super-long legs, but a lot of the rest of it (short waist, long decolletage) fits, and your tips are *really* helpful. I do some of these things already like wear empire waists with a wide band to balance the disparity between waist and hip, but sometimes I just have a hunch that something works but I'm not sure why. Thanks for helping me understand.

  • If I’m proportional from chin to mid-bust and from mid-knee to foot, and short in the other measurements, does that still count?

  • I am exactly this, so thank you, Imogen.

    But I do have a clash in my mind now regarding body shape and body proportions.

    I am a figure 8. Most of my fat is concentrated on the hips high up and lower abs. I never liked wearing empire waist garments as I always thought that I look pregnant in them!
    Especially this kind really never suited me I felt:

    Also , for figure 8s, you suggest the waist should be emphasised with belts?! For my body proportions I shouldn’t stress my waist though, you say??

    Please advise!

  • Thank you Imogen! This has helped me a lot. Just to clarify, if I am short waisted yet have a long rise, with shorter thighs and longer calves, are these my best styling options or is there something different I should try?

  • yes- this describes me and i have struggled for so long with trying to find my type. i have a long neck with very thin, long extremities but thick upper thighs(they’re the widest part of me), wide ribcage, short thighs and long pelvis. at my thinnest i lose all curves and look like a boy. it’s so hard to find the right clothes for my type as i just feel dumpy no matter what. i hate it!

  • Thank you for this explanation. it is helping me understand my proportions more clearly. I am a v shape with a short waist, balanced body, 36D bra. When you say no waist detail is that structure of the top and also pattern? I believe that dense patterns will be more flattering but should I just focus on plain colored tops?

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