Hello–thank you for the wonderful website.
It made me think while reading your advice on Column of Color–could you address the fashion rule of thirds for everyone–research does not reveal that much and I’d like it specifically geared toward what constitutes 1/3 and 2/3 with our outfits.
Thanking you in advance!
So what is the rule of thirds? It’s the breaking up of the body into uneven proportions (in thirds). You can see the two outside pictures are in 1/3 to 2/3 ratios, the two middle pictures are splitting the body into halves and it doesn’t look as visually appealing.
When you’re using the column of colour concept it’s still great to dress using the golden mean ratio (which relates to the rule of thirds).
We really like uneven proportions, when we dress in a 1:1 ratio (halves) we find it looks blocky, boxy and unflattering. Using a 1:2 ratio where we have a longer proportion and a shorter proportion (1/3 or 2/3) will elongate your body and provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
When you look at these examples it’s easy to see that using a column through the centre of your body then adding a shorter proportion in another colour is really pleasing.
It’s really common for
You will notice in this example the outfit on the left with the longer top shortens the legs, and even though the jacket and pants create a column of colour, the longer top and alternate colour shoes shorten the overall look and create a boxy equal halves appearance.
In the outfit on the right with the shorter top and the boots (with heels) create a 1:2 ratio and a more appealing look.
This is why cropped pants can be so unflattering on many who are not particularly tall (and who have shorter legs than body proportions), as they shorten the already shorter proportion and throw off the balance.