As I prepared for my first foray into New York Fashion events I reached out to a couple amazing Etsy dress designers about collaborating. Two amazing ladies were kind enough to provide me with a sample dress to wear this week. The whole experience of having a dress custom made had me thinking of the huge revelation it was for me to figure out my personal measurements.
Of course, like most women, I’ve had the typical measurements to determine my body shape. (I’m a box – UGH!) But I’ve never done the full gamut of measurements: top of chest, chest, under chest, waist, hips, bum, shoulder to shoulder, shoulder to waist, waist to hemline. When I sent my numbers along to the designers one wrote back and asked if I had perhaps measured wrong – the numbers seemed off. Another one asked me if I was petite. (I laughed at that. 5’10” is not even average height.) pic from FireflyPath.
I re-measured and got the same confusing numbers. What did they mean? Well, apparently, I have the shoulder-to-waist height of a petite woman and the waist-to-hemline height of a giant (ok maybe that is a slight exaggeration.) I measured my inseam for the first time in my life and it is nearly 35 inches.
What does all this tell me? Well, things that I’ve known for a while but have not ever put into words. Jackets look better on me when they are either cropped or long; standard length always area a bit funky. Empire waist dresses, while they don’t look good on everyone, tend to work for me because they give me the short shoulder to waist length and more waist to hemline length to work with. Wearing skirts and pants slung low on my hips isn’t just a comfort thing – it also helps elongate my non-existent torso.
Seriously – have you ever taken your measurements before? It’s eye opening. Get to measuring and learning from your numbers.
Some tips based on your findings:
- Short shoulder-to-waist length with a long waist-to-knee length: As I mentioned above, go with empire waists, long slung pants or skirts, cropped jackets/sweaters, or long sweaters/jackets. Stay away from thing meant to hit at a natural waist since it is likely to hit you at the hips instead.
- Long shoulder-to-waist length with a short waist-to-knee length: Opt for high-waist skirts and pants. Stay away from cropped or very long jackets/sweaters since they will further elongated your middle. Finding a jacket that hits at the standard waist length will help cut your long torso and make your legs appear longer.
- Equal shoulder-to-waist and waist-to-knee length: Your options are a little easier as you can go with both long and short items depending upon which part you would prefer to appear a little longer.