The trick to dressing well is knowing what is flattering and unflattering to your figure and manipulating that knowledge to your advantage. Don’t give in to fashion trends that hurt you, but be knowledgeable and dress confidently!
Draw Attention to Your Best Qualities
Dressing in a flattering way is simply drawing the eye to your best feature and disguising your worst. Creating balance will make you look your best.
Curvy: Though there is a retro Hollywood reputation with the curvy figure, you can have trouble finding flattering garments. Accentuate the curves and make the most of them! Make sure everything you wear shows off your waist. Skip baggy styles and tops with high necklines.
Straight: With a boyish figure, anything goes! There aren’t any styles you have to steer clear of. Experiment with turtlenecks, empire waist tops, drop waist dresses, skinny pants, baggy alpaca sweater and neatly tailored jackets. Find what you feel comfortable in.
Heavy on Top: This type of figure gets to have all of the fun with brightly colored and patterned skirts. Stay away from any details on top, like big collars or an empire waist, but enjoy gathering, patterns and drama on the bottom half of the outfit.
Heavy on the Bottom: Since this type carries everything around the hips, pull attention up. Wear tops with big collars and lots of details. Choose plain colored, plainly tailored skirts and trousers. Pick A-line skirts that skim over your hips, but never anything with gathering or pleats.
Short: If you aren’t tall and that bothers you, you probably have already spent years in high heels. Wear one piece garments, like shift dresses, that give you one long look. Avoid horizontal stripes and anything that cuts you in half. Choose fitted clothes that keep your width to height ratio tricking the eye into adding a few more inches.
Tall: A tall, confident woman in heels is incredibly beautiful. If you are self conscious about your height, don’t wear high heels, but stand up straight and tall. Make yourself look shorter not by slouching but by cutting your height into pieces with horizontal stripes, belts and clear waist lines.
No matter what your body type is, embrace it! Throw off your insecurities and accept that your figure is beautiful. Stop comparing yourself to others and dress to show off your best qualities!
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