The 50/50 Proportion Rule For Skirts and Tops

If you’re used to trying to “hide” your tummy or thighs by covering it up with a long jacket / top then today’s post is just for you!


Visual Harmony

You see clothing and style is all about balance. It literally is all about what I call “visual harmony”.

Visual harmony is achieved when the eye sees that your outfit is pleasing. Nothing is out of place – everything is in balance.


The 50/50 ratio (or proportion) rule

One of the areas that is quite often out of balance, is the “ratio” of skirts and tops.

The ideal ratio is 50% of your outfit consists of the top and 50% consists of the skirt.

When you’re “hiding” a tum or thighs or bum with a longer top or jacket, the ratio gets out of whack because the top or jacket will actually end up swamping your outfit (and you!)

(Check out the examples below)

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It is a very SIMPLE but super effective rule, so give it a try the next time you dress and let me know what you think in the comments area below!


(By the way the ratio of pants + tops is DIFFERENT so keep an eye out for that in another blog post!)


See you in the comments area below!







By | 2017-09-11T10:38:32+10:00 January 27th, 2015|Fabulous Fashion|6 Comments


  1. Karene January 27, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    So, the shorter the skirt, the shorter the top?

    • Wendy Mak February 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      If you are going for an actual “mini” skirt look then you would ignore the rule, but generally speaking you want (for visual balance) to ensure the top and skirt are both in proportion . Cheers!

  2. liliana January 28, 2015 at 2:39 am - Reply

    So you mean that whether we use a mini skirt or longer skirt the top or jacket should not exceed the ratio of 50 per cent of the outfit.I hope I have understood!

    • Wendy Mak February 25, 2015 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      That is correct!! 🙂 like anything in life it is just a general guide not a hard and fast rule but it works in 90% of situations!!!! Cheers

  3. Julie Shaw January 30, 2015 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Interesting. Is there an exception to the rule, like a high waisted skirt?

    • Wendy Mak February 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Julie, great question, you’ll find that high waisted skirts can be tricky – if someone has a long torso / has the height then they can get away with it, otherwise you’ll find your best bet is the 50/50 rule! Cheers

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