The Space Between My Peers: A Pre-school Geometry Lesson

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

A Pre-school Geometry Lesson

I'm going out tonight, dressed as an hourglass. Not in an hourglass costume, I'm talking about one of the six basic silhouettes. Most advice in how-to-dress books would be unnecessary if women learned to dress in the silhouette that most closely matches their own body-type. The six basic shapes are hourglass, rectangle, oval, figure-eight, triangle, and wedge (inverted triangle); they are determined by the line of the shoulders (straight or sloped), how the width of the shoulders relates to the width of the hips, and whether or not the waist is visibly smaller. Sketch it out.

To study this subject in depth, I recommend the excellent book The Triumph of Individual Style, by Carla Mason Mathis and Helen Villa Connor.

The good news: there's really no such thing as a pear-shaped woman. She's a triangle, wearing the wrong outfit.


Blogger Slughorn said...

Yikes. It's an expensive book -- $65.

8:05 PM  

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