Standard Body Measurement (Illusion and Proportion)

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know Standard Body Measurement and your measurement using your body proportions

Do you know that if you know your body proportions and body type, you can create the illusion of a perfect body

It is quite interesting that our brain perceives things differently than they actually are.

That includes the way we appear to others. We can achieve desired results by using this power of illusion and proportion.

In everyday life, when you stand in front of the mirror and ask the obvious question again (how am I looking?), you can use this illusion power of your brain. 

Alright, you can exercise to get that perfect body shape but if you want the results in just 20-minutes then do a little bit of brain storming and get the right look by your chosen clothes.

Know your body measurement

Know your Body :- We wish for that PERFECT body type but only a few fortunate among us can really claim that title.

But, despair not – we can still get the Perfect Body Type Look by just altering and understanding our style.

Know Standard body measurement and Your measurement

Take a measuring tape and stand in front of a full length mirror.

If you are taking the measurements first time or a novice at that, it helps if you have a friend with you, while taking measurements.

  • Wear well fitted garments while taking measurements. Try to take each measurement twice to avoid mistakes.

Standard Height :- Standard height is taken at 5’4″ to 5’6″ (163cm to 168 cm).

Now, if there is deviation then it is –

  • Short height – Less than 5’4″ and
  • Tall height – More than 5’6″

Know Your Body Frame

You get to know your body frame by taking a round measurement of your wrist.

  • Small Frame – 5″ to 5.5″ (12.5 cm to 14 cm)
  • Medium Frame – 5.5″ to 6″ (14 cm to 15 cm)
  • Large Frame – 6″ to 6.5″ (15 cm to 16 cm or more)

Standard Body measurement of Width

In a well balance standard figure, width proportion of Bust, Waist and Hips are in such a manner that bust and hip measurements are same.

But, waist measurement is 10″ (25.5 cm) lesser than bust and hip measurements.

If there is deviation in this proportion, then either your Top is heavy or Bottom is heavy, otherwise you have straight proportions with no defined waist line.

But, don’t worry because here we’ll be just finding a solution to exactly that!

  • Waist proportion:- While taking measurements, it’s important to know where exactly waist starts and ends.

Some people do not have a ‘waist’ but still we must be knowing where ‘waist’ starts and where it ends to know the standard measurements.

Otherwise,measuring from different points may give exactly disastrous results.

Well, generally our waist is in the mid of underarms and hips.

Short Waist 

Short waist is slightly up from midpoint of underarms and hips.

Long Waist

 Long waist is slightly down from midpoint of underarms and hips.

Arm proportion

To know the right proportion of your arms, keep them straight on the sides of your body.

If the elbow touches your waist line and your fingers reach in the middle of your thighs, then you have the right proportioned arms.

This way, it is ascertained if you have short or long arms.


Neck round and length depends on individual fashion preference and liking. Neck may be –

  • Short
  • Average, or
  • Long


We measure shoulders from one shoulder joint to another.

Shoulder measurements may be –

  • Narrow
  • Average
  • Broad
  • Sloping, or
  • Square

Upper Arm Circumference (Armhole)

Armhole proportion can be –

  • Slim
  • Average
  • Heavy

By looking in the mirror and using the measuring tape, we can make the correct assessment of our body type and accordingly create our style to accentuate our best points and hiding not so flattering ones.

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