Remember that cute song we all loved to sing- "I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout..."? I was glancing at the MSN homepage today and saw the silly article about the stars "fashion flubs". Like I care what any of them wear, or it really matters if they have a "bad fashion day"...don't get me started! However, the article reminded me that we haven't returned to my seventies guide to "poise and grace", which I promised you we would do. So I picked up the booklet and flipped the pages and the first one I saw was this chart of "silhouettes". In case you don't recognize me, I'm the "short and stout"! Who knew that little song would be my theme song! LOL
The copy reads "Silhouettes come in all sizes and heights. Although standing the same, you are aware that 36-24-36 or inches away- either way makes a difference in how the silhouettes appear to you. In modeling, the slightest change in the position of the body can alter its meaning. The short stout figure could look more slender by creating an angle which would slenderize that part of the body which is large. The tall thin figure could appear average in size by straightening the the angle."
Say what? If they are really talking about modeling, then short stout women aren't going to be on the runway in the first place. Even the new "large size" models are TALL. And I want a better explanation of the angle that is going to slenderize my torso!
The next thing that caught my attention was the section on how to sit and stand. We've already covered some of the standing guidelines, so today we'll learn about sitting. Be warned! Plunking yourself into a chair is bad! And there is math involved in sitting. Who knew?
"The two angles formed by this zigzag line are important in considering seated positions. Will you look to see what kind of an angle any two of these lines form? Are they perpendicular to each other? If so, they form a right angle. If the angle is less than a right angle, it is acute; if it is more, it is obtuse.
The Body Line + Leg Lines= Zigzag Line. For a position pleasing to the eye and for best body alignment, the hip angle at the body line is at right angles to the thigh line, and the knee angle at the shin line is at right angles to the thigh line. There are, however, variations in the positions of the feet.
The hip-knee angle changes with different height chairs. The angle will be very different for various tasks you perform. To improve your body positions, diagram zigzag silhouette and study your body arrangements.
Don't reach out for the chair and plunk yourself into it. You'll know it is there if you touch it with the back of your leg as you prepare to sit down. If you sit properly, you will not have to smooth down the back of your skirt (always an unsightly gesture); it will fall naturally into place without any fussing, and your hands can be graceful.
Sitting with knees and legs together like a prim little girl adds nothing to your attractiveness, nor does crossing them in an ungainly zigzag or dangling a shoe from your toes. If you like to cross your legs at the knee, make sure that you keep them together for an attractive slanting line. You also can simply put one foot in front of the other, flat on the floor."
In case that was confusing, you can always study this handy illustration of how NOT to sit. LOL
And remember to sit like a lady... with poise and grace.