Everyone has them, and when you're trying to camouflage that certain body part you like least about yourself, you can find yourself endlessly trying on different outfits in front of the mirror. Whether you're trying to mask thunder thighs, draw attention away from a big butt or hide the fact that you have no waistline, dress to impress. Here are 10 fashion tips and tricks to flatter your form's features and show off your sexy, stylish shape.
Small Chest: Your Breast Asset -
Before you lament your endowment, consider the advantages of having peppy, perky breasts. First, you can wear all kinds of cuts that don't always flatter women with bigger boobs, like blouses or camisoles that are ruched or gathered at the chest. Tops with adornment that highlight your breast area, such as sequins, jewels, metal studs or frills, look ultra-hot on you. T-shirts and turtlenecks-including those in daring colours-can be really form-flattering, and sweetheart and V-neck cuts, as well as bold patterns, can draw attention to your "gals." If you're looking to amplify your bosom, now more than ever, there are many new advances in bra technology that can increase the look of your bust, such as bras with gel inserts. Even if you don't think your size has changed, visit a specialty lingerie shop to ensure you're wearing a supportive fit with the correct cup size, especially if it's been awhile since your last bra fitting.
Undefined Upper Arms: Working It Out -
If there were a pill one could swallow to magically excise upper-arm flab, we'd all buy stock in it, and would be both filthy rich and flab-free. The good news is that with strength-toning exercises, that cottage-cheese look can diminish over time… so consider investing in a top that'll do double-duty while you're pumping weights or performing yogic sun salutations. Meanwhile, for a quick fix, find tops that cover your upper arms at least to halfway-between your shoulder and elbow-cap sleeves can often expose too much of the top of your arm, thus drawing attention just where you don't want it. For evening wear, pair arm-exposing dresses with beautiful cover-alls like a colourful pashmina, or add sheer, mesh-like material in the upper-arm area to sleeveless dresses.
Broad Shoulders: Soften Your Shape -
Avoid thin straps, frills at the straps or spaghetti straps, which will unnecessarily highlight the distance between each shoulder. Instead, choose high necklines and wide straps, which can often soften the look of broad shoulders. If you have nice collarbones, a boat-neck is really flattering, especially in tops with vertical piping. Patterns or adornment that draws attention downward will always work in your favour, and accessories that appear at the waist, like bows, ties or fringe, lessen the focus on your wide shoulders. When it comes to tops with asymmetric cuts, get a second opinion; sometimes these can be the ideal attention-detractor, while at other times it can reveal what you're trying to conceal. Plunging V-neck tops-at the front or in the back-can look really stupendous on you. And who's kidding who? A new, cute little purse won't hurt, either.
No Midriff: Create The Illusion -
Your friends jealously joke that you've got a tiny waist, but you think of yourself more like the waistless wonder. This is a lot easier to disguise than an oversized gut or tree-trunk-like torso, so don't despair-in fact, your fashion options are really plentiful. Outfits that cut your body in two can actually detract from your waist, so you can confidently mix and match different styles for a Boho or vintage look and pull it off with verve. When wearing a plain dress, accessorize your formerly non-existent waistline by placing a thick ribbon-try a bold, contrasting colour like pink or yellow in a material like silk or velvet-just above your hip bones. Pants that either cinch at the waist or have elaborate detailing are up your alley, as are drawstring waists, funky, oversized belts, and low-riding, hip-hugging jeans with longer sweaters.
Big Bust: Bra Magic -
Studies have shown that a large percentage of women-more than 50%-wear the wrong-sized bra. Factors like gaining or losing a few pounds, letting a few years pass by between fittings and giving birth all greatly affect your breast measurements. Sporting a 34D when you're really a 38C makes a big difference in how good you look, and not just in the chest area; amazingly, the wonders of wearing the right bra can instantly make you look about 10 pounds lighter! Head to your nearest lingerie specialty shop and book a bra fitting to figure out if you've got the right goods for your girls. Then watch as your old wardrobe transforms itself under the newfound support of your new undergarments. If minimizing your endowment is your goal, you can reduce a bigger bustline with V-necked shirts and open-collared cuts.
Top-Heavy: Love Your Legs -
When you carry the bulk of your weight up top, highlight your alluring legs to look leaner instantly. If you're top-heavy but short or stocky, opt for monochromatic colours, prints or patterns; on the other hand, if you're proportionate but just a bit heavier on top, the sky's the limit on mixing and matching hues and other design elements. Pantsuits can look really sharp on you, and suits with shorter skirts will lengthen your upper torso. Heels, tall boots and funky shoes can be your best friends.
Wide, Round Waist: Strike The Balance -
Well-tailored garments that offer shape without compromising style will suit you best. There's a fine balance between clothing with clean cuts that make you look great without being too baggy or too tight. Be careful not to wear clothes that are two sizes too big for you, and reduce the appearance of bumps or bulges by not wearing clothing so waist-hugging it makes you look like an overstuffed sausage. Also, avoid thin belts, which often look too wee on thicker waistlines. Select outfits with uniform colours (or patterns with smaller designs rather than bigger prints) to elongate your proportions, and choose pant cuts with a straight, narrow, or slightly tapered leg. Opt for full skirts that don't gather at the waist, especially A-line-shaped or with pleats, for a super look.
Short Neck or Double Chin: Show Some Skin -
Do you frequently joke that you have no neck or a triple chin? If so, there are a couple of necklines to steer clear of. Be aware that because they hide the majority of your neck, turtlenecks can often make you look all-chin-but a rare few, especially those that tautly cover up turkey-like chins allow you to put your best face forward. So trade up your Arnold-Schwarzenegger-like necklessness for the neck of a gazelle by wearing cuts that show off your shoulders and neck, like sleeveless shirts or tops with spaghetti straps. For a short neck, sport a scoop neck, V-neck (plunging or something more discreet), or even boat-neck cut to enhance the visible distance between your face and the top of your, well, top. Heart-shaped sleeveless tops that are corset-like also flatter, but be cautious when trying on sleeveless numbers if they are cut straight across.
Short Lower Torso: Look Up -
Any apparel accoutrements that appear on your lower body-such as excess pockets, zippers, embroidery or patches-will reduce the appearance of your lower torso, so avoid these. Styles that will make your legs look shorter: cigarette pants, riding or stirrup pants, and any cut that ends between your knee and ankle. Instead, try simple styles and pants with pleats, especially a single pleat that goes down the front and the back of your leg, which can instantly add the illusion of height. Some ideas to lengthen your line and show off your upper body by directing the eye upward: choose to wear tops that are so original they become the pièce de resistance of your ensemble, such as asymmetric cuts and daring necklines in textiles like sexy knits, lush silks or layers of lace.
Thick Ankles, Heavy Calves and Thunder Thighs: Slim Your Silhouette -
For thick ankles specifically, avoid shoes with ankle straps, as these just draw attention where you least want it. Boots are a great way to hide thick ankles-and if you ever come across a leather boot you love that won't zip up over your calves, know that this is quite common, and that the boot can often be stretched to fit you (or a stretchy piece of material can be added to help make it fit). If heavy calves are the bane of your existence, avoid tight leggings and capris. Instead, when you're buying shorts and skirts, try cuts that go to just above the knee, within an inch or two. For thunder thighs, you need skirts or shorts with a lower legline, so that less thigh is exposed. A-line skirts and dresses, with mid-sized heels or shoes that give you a bit of a lift, can also make your lower half look longer and thinner, which in turn makes your body look more physically balanced. Accessories like pins, chunky necklaces or anything that attracts attention to your upper body, including jaunty hats, chandelier earrings and funky hair clips, are for you.