Proportion Play: Perfect Style According to Math

When it comes to putting together the perfect outfit of the day, it feels like more of an art than a science. However, it turns out your math teacher was right: you can use what you learned practically. Time to dig into the recesses of your knowledge on proportions and ratios to create the perfectly balanced look.

The Rule of Thirds

Also, known as “The Golden Rule” or the “Golden Ratio”, this is one of the oldest aesthetic proportions in the book. From art to architecture to nature, the “Rule of Thirds” is an age-old ratio known to please the eye. The magic ratio? Two thirds to one third. The Eiffel Tower is a great example of this:

Eiffel Tower Proportions

So how to do you use it? When looking at your whole outfit think about a one-third, two-thirds proportion. From shoulder to hemline, consider the whole outfit and divvy it up having the top take up one-third of the entire look, and the bottom two thirds, or visa-versa.

Try: A shirt that hits right above the hip (1/3) and a longline pencil skirt (2/3).

Polka dot wrap top INC International Concepts Sleeveless Wrap Top In Polka Dot Prints

Pinstripe skirt Michel Studio by Addition Elle Pinstripe Midi Pencil Skirt

Try: A dress featuring a clustered print for the top two thirds and peters out in the last third.

Floral printed white dress Gabby Skye Sleeveless Floral Midi Dress In Crepe Scuba

Try: A tunic top that hits at the top of the thighs (2/3) and a cropped jean (1/3).

Embroidered tunic top

eShakti Embroidered Navy Top

Cropped medium wash jeans

Lucky Brand Emma Sunbeam Skinny Crop Jeans

Opposites attract

Balance is everything. Try pairing volume with slim for a look that speaks to equilibrium. A hanky hem top works great with skinny jeans, and a full skirt looks great with a fitted shirt tucked in.

Try: A sleeve with a lot of volume paired with slim jeans.

pinstripe top with voluminous sleeves Katherine Barclay Tie Sleeve Detail Ocean Stripe Print Top

Skinny medium wash jeans Vigoss Classic Fit Medium Wash Jagger Skinny Jeans

Try: A slim-fit top with wide-legged pants.

Red long sleeve top B Collection by Bobeau Apple Mixed Media Top In Red

Wide leg denim

Love & Legend Wide Leg Released Hem Jeans

Be sure to thank you math teachers for aiding in this lesson in style and share your favorite look with #ShareMeGB for a chance to be featured.

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