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The Most Flattering Length


The Most Flattering Length 


Finding the most flattering length for your hems is so important. This post looks at the elements to find the most flattering length for tops, shirts, jackets, dresses and skirts.

Hemlines on your clothing create a horizontal line across your body and can be flattering or unflattering to your shape. Where your sleeves, tops, jackets, skirts, dresses and pants end has an impact on your outfit and overall appearance. 

Your body shape and proportions play an important part when choosing the most flattering hemline. 

THE GOLDEN LINE RULE applies to arms, busts, waists, hips, thighs, calves.


Horizontal lines have the potential to widen.

  • If  you have a large bust it could be better to avoid stopping your sleeve length in line with your bust as this will only widen the look of this area. I
  • f you have a smaller bust than stopping your sleeve at your bust can have an enhancing effect.
  • Avoid stopping the hemline of a top at the fullest part of your arms. Make the length either above or below your widest part.
  • Diagonal hemlines for short sleeves can be more enhancing than straight hemlines as you they do not create a horizontal line.
  • Wearing 3/4 sleeves or pushing your long sleeves up your arms is most flattering as it can give the illusion of a longer and slimmer look.
  • Long sleeves are best hemmed at wrist level when your arms are at your side. Don’t forget to check where the hemline is sitting and if this is positioned at your narrowest or widest part of your hip / thigh area.
  • If you do not have a defined waist than stopping your top / jacket at this point will not be flattering. Experiment by trying just above or below the waist.
  • Experiment with the placement of the hemline of your tops / jackets around the hip area. Your narrowest point may be at the top, middle or bottom of the hip area. See which looks and feels best.
  • Asymmetrical and curved hemlines can be flattering
  • The most universally flattering length for all shapes, sizes & heights is just above, at or below the knee. 
  • Many people forget to consider what happens to their dress / skirt length when they sit down. For most situations, especially  for work,  the length needs to be no more than 2 cms above the knee.
  • Knee length can have the effect of elongating your legs especially if you wear shoes that tone with your legs or tights. This length suits most people but particularly those with shorter legs.
  • If you are wanting a longer length, midi / calf length then  make sure you hem above or below the widest part of your calf.
  • Longer lengths can sometimes create a more aging look  If you have shorter legs then a longer length will not be as flattering. 
  • Asymmetrical and curved hemlines can be flattering.

REMEMBER when thinking hemlines BEWARE OF YOUR WIDEST POINTS and take care to notice where your hemlines end.

Altering your hemlines to FIND THE MOST FLATTERING LENGTH can have a positive impact on how your outfit looks and feels.

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