Size matters! Are you trying
to squeeze into clothes that are just a little bit too
tight? Although its hard to consider going up
a size, if youre straining at the seams for the
sake of being a certain "size," all youre
achieving is an uncomfortable feeling and an over-stuffed
appearance. Going up a size takes the pressure off and
can make you appear to be slimmer than you are.
Mono-chromo! If you wear the
same color from shoulders to feet, it gives the illusion
of length to your body. You can add colorful jewelry
or scarves for a dash of color.
An A-line skirt is flattering to
all body types. Its a great camouflage for
tummies, rear ends and hips! Opt for styles without
a waistband. Choose mostly dark or muted colors. Look
for styles with vertical details like a vertical pleat
or stitching. These features will elongate your silhouette.
Tone hose and shoes to match the skirt. Avoid pleats,
drastic flare, flap or patch pockets, bias cuts or trims.
The perfect pants: For the
most universally flattering cut, look for pants with
a flat front. A gathered waist only calls attention
to your mid-line. Choose a waistband that hits about
an inch below your navel. (Unless there is no spillage
over the waist band, resist the urge to wear hip-huggers!)
A slight flare at the bottom will balance out your waist-line.
Dark colors can look more slimming.
The Jacket: The Wardrobe Mainstay:
A jacket should sit straight on the shoulders without
drag or pull. Any pull or pressure across the shoulders
means the jacket is too small. If you cant reach
forward or raise your hands over your head without causing
pressure in the chest, try the next size up. Lapels
should sit flat against the body without gaping. The
body of the jacket should fit without clinging or bagging.
A fit thats too snug makes horizontal lines across
the back, pulls at the hips or opens the back vents.
The Universal Cool of Jeans:
The popularity of jeans never wains. Choose a heavier
weight denim (basic Levis are 12 to14 ounces.) Lighter-weight
fabrics reveal bulges. The straight-leg jean is the
most versatile cut, but a slightly flared boot-cut is
more flattering to most figures. The waist band should
sit comfortably without digging into your skin. If you
opt for hip-huggers, be sure to sit down in them to
be sure your behind stays covered. Pockets that hit
in the middle of each bun are minimizing to the rear-view.
After all of my research on this subject,
Im still convinced that in the end, our first
impression is usually right on target. If you have to
ask, "Does this make my butt look big," you
probably already know the answer. When in doubt, trust
your inner fashion critics first response.