A balanced one-to-one ratio is boring and expected, whereas unbalanced proportions are interesting and pleasing to look at. It's generally accepted that a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing division of spaces, and that's called the Golden Ratio in artistic circles.
But it can be helpful to follow the “Rule” of Thirds when putting together outfits. Apparently, clothing ensembles look more well-proportioned when the top takes up one-third of the outfit and the bottom occupies two-thirds of the overall look.
Monochrome is often an easy fallback, but when I want to jazz up my look with some colour or print, I stick to the three colour rule. The underlying premise of the three colour rule is to not combine more than three colours in your outfit at any one time.
The five outfit rule is pretty simple. When you see an item that you just have to have you can only buy it if you can think of five different outfits that you can wear it with.
In art, the 1/3 to 2/3 ratio is thought to be the most aesthetically pleasing division of space. It's called the Golden Ratio. The Eiffel Tower is the perfect example. Proportions are important in fashion to balance your look and create more flattering lines.
We call it the 3 4 5 "ratio" because the side lengths do not need to be exactly 3, 4, and 5, but rather can be any common factor of these numbers. For example, a right triangle with side lengths of 6, 8, and 10 is considered a 3 4 5 triangle. Its side lengths are a common factor of 2 of the 3 4 5 ratio.
You can find the Golden Ratio when you divide a line into two parts and the longer part (a) divided by the smaller part (b) is equal to the sum of (a) + (b) divided by (a), which both equal 1.618. This formula can help you when creating shapes, logos, layouts, and more.
Trendy and Fun Pieces (30%)
About 30% or less of your wardrobe should be dedicated to those fun and trendy pieces. As a rule, I tend to splurge on my basics and spend as little as I can on the more trendy pieces.
When I buy new clothes, I make a shopping list, size up my options, and stick to the 70/30 rule that Kathryn Finney taught me: “70% of your closet should be classic pieces like a great white top and awesome black handbag, and the 30% should be for trendy, fun pieces like orange skinny jeans.
This idea can be translated to the relatable cohesion of planning a wardrobe outfit: 60 percent is the main outfit color, 30 percent provides visual interest like shoes, neck tie or handbag, 10 percent like the jewelry that provides the sparkling details.
What is the three-word method? The three-word method is as simple as it sounds: identifying your personal style with three adjectives. Maybe your style is cool, elevated, and comfortable, or maybe it's colorful, classic, and bold.
In order to avoid arrest for public disguise or impersonation, a person had to wear three items of gender appropriate clothing. Lesbians who wore men's clothing in public were particular targets of the “three-item rule”, but so too were gay men, transgender people and unlucky heterosexual party-goers.
Core colors are exactly what they sound like: The basic colors of black, gray, navy, and white that create a solid foundation for your professional wardrobe.
The goal is to have at least four accessories or points of interest to every outfit. This has been a game changer for me because I tend to be a plain jane, and often I feel like my outfits lack a little something.
During his training, he shared the 5 Ps of dressing which are: Pigmentation, Physique, Personality, Position, and Profession.
The idea behind Project 333 is simple: Wear only 33 articles of clothing for the next 3 months. All clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear, and shoes count towards your number. Exceptions include wedding rings, underwear, sleepwear, in-home loungewear, and workout clothing.
They say that the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, holds true with wardrobes: Most of us wear 20 percent of our clothing, 80 percent of the time. Why waste valuable space on the other 80 percent of your wardrobe that you rarely wear?
The 80/20 wardrobe is a simple method to keep your closet up-to-date at all times. We'll tell you all about the ease of this method! The name says it all really: 80% timeless essentials, 20% trendy pieces.
This rule is known as the '20-year rule', and what it means is that fashion follows cycles that repeat every 20 years. We go from 'love it' to 'hate it' to 'meh', only to end right back at 'love it'. An essential element of this rule is the feeling of nostalgia that these trends stir.
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.
Fashion is also a visual medium, and while we don't divide our outfits in 9 equal sections, applying the Rule of Thirds requires diving our outfit in three equal parts to visually create a ratio of 2:1. This ratio is basically the Golden Mean, simplified.
3:2 Aspect Ratio
First of all, this is the closest to the golden ratio, which makes it visually appealing and more balanced. Painters and artists used it long before photography was even invented. It's also the ratio of a 35mm film. Although now the 4:3 aspect ratio is gaining traction, 3:2 is still the standard one.
The golden ratio, 1: 1.618 is said to be the most pleasing ratio to the eye. You can find this ratio hidden in works of art and occurring naturally throughout the world.
The extreme and mean ratio was named by the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid. The premise is that the closer the ratios of a face or body are to the number 1.618 (phi), the more beautiful they become.