Clothes are designed to some kind of standard proportions. We are all familiar with the horizontal measurements, such as bust, waist, hips. There is also a set of standard vertical measurements based on the assumption that (a) a person is 8 heads tall, and (b) that height is spread evenly over the frame. Apparently the landmarks for those 8 units are as follows:
Ideally, the height of each unit is the same.
My measurements are as follows:
So the bulk of my short happens from navel to leg break, which is why the rise of trousers/pants is always too long. This makes fitting tops and bottoms through the waist a bit of a challenge, and helps explain why I go squirrelly with waistbands at my natural waist.