Here's an all black outfit to show you a little something about proportion and why working with your body type matters and why I crop images mid thigh and mid calf when wearing certain types of clothes. I know I've mentioned having bowed legs before and how there are certain limitations to working with them. To explain, bowed legs simply means that the tibia is curved. Normally you have your femur which comes straight down from your pelvis, which then meets the knee to connect to the tibia that comes straight down to then meet your feet. But once that straight line is interrupted with a curve, you're already working with a different canvas.
Honestly, working with bowed legs has always been challenging. Most if not all of my bottoms have to be altered not just for the hem length but also for the bottom half of my leg shape. I never wear heels with skinny jeans as to not expose the awkward curvature of my legs, while dresses and skirts that come in different lengths become a tricky territory to visit. So you can imagine the initial frustration that exists with these kinds of limitations like you would any other kinds of limitations you may have due to your body type. But at the end of the day, apparel exists to make your body look better than it does so it's just a matter of finding which silhouettes work for you and reinventing them. From years of constantly exploring, playing, reshaping, and trying new things, my silhouettes have been solidified to the ones I work with now; it's ultimately shaped the way I dress today. It's the reason why I choose to wear a suit over a dress for formal occasions, why I prefer to sport trainers and chelsea boots over heels and sandals, why you'll never see me in shorts longer than short shorts, and why I've become associated with "sporty" and "mensy." I'm not a girly girl to begin with and it's true I work in menswear but ultimately, it's my body type that has shaped my silhouettes. In the ongoing weeks I will try to define these standard silhouettes more but for today, here's a monochrome outfit with a lot of layers to show you the significance of the golden rule of third's when dressing. It's made up of two skirts of varying lengths, one on top of the other, that both hit above the knee with a jacket to top it. By bringing all these layers high up above the waist, you allow yourself room to create your one out of three proportion fix by having the last hem fall above the knee. With bowed legs, hem lengths are so important. The higher the hem sits on the thigh, the better your proportion. I've found this to be true.