Checking out some photos of Kate Middleton (The Duchess of Cambridge) the other day I came across this pic with her wearing an Alexander McQueen knit dress. And I realised that it looks all wrong as the proportions don’t work for her body.
Kate’s waist is a few inches above where the blue knit waistband sits, and this gives her a 1:1 ratio of top to bottom, which is less flattering than if it sat at her natural waist (where her waist is slimmest) which would give her a more proportioned appearance.
The way this sits it makes her body look exceedingly long and therefore her legs look shorter. Even though she is very lean and long, it’s far from her best look.
Instead notice in the Marlene Birger dress the waistband sits on her natural waist so the dress is cut into uneven proportions which is far more flattering as her legs look way longer.
So just remember: just because it’s designer, doesn’t mean it’s flattering
Read more about proportions and the Golden Mean ratio