The Common Points to End Tops and Jackets
Hip Break or Leg Break – is where the leg bends – often lots of creases on your trousers will be at this point, you may find that this is a good point to end tops, provided it’s not your widest point.
Low Hip – is the top of the thighs, for A shapes and X shapes and some H shapes this can be the widest point of your hips and the worst place to end tops. For V shapes and I shapes and some 8 shapes it can be a good point to end tops.
Standing in front of a mirror, try ending your top at each of these points and seeing which is the most flattering.
Because we look for horizontal lines because they make us feel balanced (looking for the horizon), the point where you end horizontal lines (such as hems) is really important as they can easily become focal points. And where you put a horizontal line looks wider – it slows the gaze down and emphasises the area.
Ideally, we end our hems for tops and jackets on the narrower points that also work well with our body proportions, so that our legs don’t look overly short, or our bodies don’t look overly long or short.
Quick Tip on Finding the Right Length
The Hip Break or Leg Break is the point you use when measuring your body proportions and it ideally is around the halfway point of your total height (top of head to leg break is half, then leg break to the ground is your lower body proportion).
So if your hip break to the ground is shorter than your top of head to hip break proportion, end tops on the high hip. If it’s longer, you can go down to hip break or longer.
And if you really want to understand how to find the right length for your tops and jackets if you haven’t figured it out here, why not do my 7 Steps to Style program where I am happy to give you my professional opinion on your body shape and proportions.