Layout your clothes before putting them on and check the
proportions. Juggle jackets, scarves and belts to re-arrange
the clothes to get the look you want.
Thinner fabrics are more slimming. Tops and bottoms of one
color will make you look thinner. Wear clothes that fit.
Wearing too large clothes will exaggerate your figure not
hide it. Avoid belts unless you have a slim waist. Use
accessories carefully. You can make your wardrobe impressive
with mix and match jewelry. (We will go into more details about
Shoes depend less on you body shape than you height. Do not
buy clothes on impulse. Plan before you buy a blouse or pants.
Be some what scientific about shopping, consider your body type,
and colors. Ask your self some questions; Do you have anything
you can mix and match with it? Does it match your lifestyle?
Will it be comfortable, nonchalant, and easy to wear? Is it
machine wash or dry clean only? Will it fit your budget? Is it
appropriate? Is it a fad, can it be worn more than one season?
Is it of good quality? Quality counts, it is better to have four
or five mix and match out fits of quality, than 8 or 10 'steals.'
Think in terms of outfits when you shop, and be practical.
When you buy a new dress, be sure you have shoes and other
accessories to go with it. Maybe a jacket or scarf to wear over
it to give it a different look.
High collars shortens necks. Tight tops with short sleeves
and breast pocket is detracting from your figure. Shoes with
straps shortens your legs. The torso can be shortened or
narrowed with seam lines, belts, bows, and collars. A short
necklace can shorten your neck. A scarf or belt that hangs
down toward the legs will make the legs appear longer.
Knitted texture, lace, floras, prints, and plaids can assist
in creating an illusion. Thicker vertical lines in plaids
lengthens and slims. Wear a larger print where you want people
to look and smaller print where you do not want them to look.
An all over print can camouflage figure problems, but prints
here and there can create a fuller you. Prints around the neck
and over the shoulder can make your shoulders appear wider.
Just wear prints near the parts of your figure's assets,
because they are usually more eye catching than a solid color.
When buying pants be sure they fit well. Defects are emphasized
in a pair of pants that may go unnoticed in a skirt.
Petite women. Petite women needs to keep clothes in line,
slim narrow belts. A slight contrast in colors and fitted
lines will flatter you endlessly. Also stay with fabrics
that are soft and flowing that fits well. Over powering
prints should be avoided.
Tall women. Tall women can indulge in wide belts,
avoid tight clothes and skirts that are to short or
to long. Beauty expert Stephanie Faber recommends tall
women play down their waist by wearing their blouses over
the pants and skirts and avoid tight belts.
Slimming the circles. Hip heavy triangle woman.
A hip heavy triangle and round full figured women
can use clothes with vertical lines to make an up
and down illusion. V-necks and skirts with slits up
the sides are also good. Clothes with small padded
shoulders should be chosen . Too big of pads will
make you look like a foot ball player. Wear long tops that
go passed your hips. Choose jackets, tailored suits and
shirtwaist dresses with straight, classic cuts. Lighter
colors on top can be worn, this brings eyes up. Wear dark
stockings and avoid patterns. Select vertical, fluid patterns
and avoid bulky fabrics. Adopt the just below the knee
look in dresses and skirts. Choose accessories close to
the same color clothes you are wearing including shoes.
This gives your body an unbroken slimmer look. Avoid very
wide pinafore skirts. Stay with straight or Aline skirts.
Top heavy woman. The top heavy body types need to choose
long jackets without shoulder pads. Do not wear blouses
with fancy details and ruffles. Do not wear clingy fabrics
on top, choose darker colors on top. Do not wear tops that
are to light. Tops with dolman or raglan sleeves and ones
that fit loose and slims down to hug the hips and waist
are good. Wear pants or skirts that are pleated to bring
the eye down. Choose thin materials like cotton, or cotton
jersey. One color dressing will also be thinning. Flat shoes
are best unless you are short, then wear heels. If your legs
are in good shape shorter hem lengths will draw attention away
from your top.
Rectangular type woman. The rectangular type can accentuate
curves by wearing jackets or tops that hug the waist, feminine
thick sweaters over skirts or pants. Use patterns in your tops
or bottoms to add dimension. Round out the neckline with
necklaces, scarves and other accessories, and use shoulder pads.