Styling: the golden rule applies to dressing, too!

Posted on 03 February 2016

"Eiffel Tower, Paris (France)" by Tommie Hansen used under CC BY /White lines added

You've heard the Golden Rule (2/3 to 1/3 ratio or that third's work better than halves or quarters) is aesthetically pleasing but did you know that you can apply this to styling your clothes, too? 
It works like this: 
See how in the upper left-hand corner of the photo below her magenta shirt is about the same length as her black pants? That looks off somehow - that's dressing in halves not thirds. However, the next image over incorporates the 1/3 to 2/3 rule and her legs look longer and her waist narrower. See how much more put together she looks on the right? 
Think about when you have a chunky piece like a big cozy sweater: it should hit right at your hip bone and you can pair it with a skinny jean so the silhouette is more balanced. And if you're wanting to sport a great wide-leg slack, à la Katherine Hepburn, you would likely pair it with a fitted turtleneck top like this smart lady.  See how her top is one third of the length of her pant? Et voilà!
Check out how we styled Christie using the Golden Rule with pieces from Garnish. Christie is wearing the Layla top and the Fiona skirt. Notice how the pencil skirt is about 2/3rds the length of the blouse and how columnizing the whole look becomes when applying that magic rule.
The designers of La  tour Eiffel knew what they were doing by constructing her by The Golden Rule and now you do, too! Happy Styling!
Posted by Garnish stylist, Genevieve Sage

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