Shop by Shape: Phi and the Golden ratio
Being passionate about shape, fit and sizing often leads me to do research that seems unrelated to fit. But I believe to understand one thing fully, as an expert, you need to know a little bit about everything surrounding that topic. As a stylist I pay a lot of attention to body proportions, heights and ratios. It helps me determine people shapes better.
I also pay a lot of attention to peoples hands, hands can tell a lot about a persons weight, shape, build and types. After doing some research on hands I came across an article explaining how every line and distance between finger tips and knuckles are so important because they determine the build of your entire body.
‘The Divine Proportion’ a.k.a. ‘Phi’ a.k.a. ‘The Golden Ration’ is a mathematical concept found in art, nature and even the human body. It is, in mathematical terms, a comparison of any two aspects that leads us to proportion them in the ideal way. Algebraically, if you have two numbers, A and B, then (A + B) divided by A = A divided by B.
Majority of the time this is going to be a comparison result in a ratio of 1:1.618. This appears naturally all over your body. For example, if the length of the hand has the value of 1, then the combined length of hand and forearm has the approximate value of 1.618. Similarly, the proportion of upper arm to hand + forearm is in the same ratio of 1:618.
Measure your lower body and you’ll find the same: If the foot is 1, then the length of the foot + the shin is 1.618.
This proportion is true all over your body. It attest to the fact that your body and shape is in divine proportion.
Even the features on your face are positioned according to the Divine Proportion, including the location of your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.
Try it for yourself!
1) Measure distance between middle of your eye and bottom of your chin (blue line).
2) Divide this number by 1.618 (the Divine Proportion) and youʼll get…
2) Divide this number by 1.618 (the Divine Proportion) and youʼll get…
The bottom of your nose!
1) Measure width of your two front teeth (red line).
2) Divide this number by 1.618 (the Divine Proportion) and you’ll get…
The height of your teeth!
1) Measure width of your mouth (green line).
2) Divide this number by 1.618 (the Divine Proportion) and youʼll get…
2) Divide this number by 1.618 (the Divine Proportion) and youʼll get…
The width of your nose!
The Divine Proportion in the Body

The white line is the body’s height.

The blue line, a golden ratio of the white line, defines the distance from the head to the finger tips.

The yellow line, a golden ratio of the blue line, defines the distance from the head to the navel and the elbows.

The green line, a golden ratio of the yellow line, defines the distance from the head to the pectorals and inside top of the arms, the width of the shoulders, the length of the forearm and the shin bone.

The magenta line, a golden ratio of the green line, defines the distance from the head to the base of the skull and the width of the abdomen. The sectioned portions of the magenta line determine the position of the nose and the hairline.
The Human Hand
Our fingers have three sections. The proportion of the first two to the full length of the finger gives the golden ratio (with the exception of the thumbs). You can also see that the proportion of the middle finger to the little finger is also a golden ratio.
You have two hands, and the fingers on them consist of three sections. There are five fingers on each hand, and only eight of these are articulated according to the golden number: 2, 3, 5, and 8 fit the Fibonacci numbers.
So the next time you are in the mirror scrutinizing yourself and being displeased with your appearance, know that your body is a work of art by the Divine.
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