Fashion is in my blood. So when you’re passionate about something, it’s difficult to hold the creativity back other than a lightweight purse (oh and puppy paws don’t help). This is why you’ll see some slip in occasionally between my regular recipe posts. And over the next week, I can’t wait to share with you my thrift haul that I’ve been building up but may keep this for a new blog I have planned. If I’m not spending on yummy foods, I’m paying for aggregate or saving for our wedding… not a very sexy bloggeresque at all. But if you’re in a similar boat, stick with me here; I’m as frugal as they come but can sniff out rubbish that lasts only one or two washes and know what fabrics to avoid.
However, I’m going to start with a few really useful tips and tricks that avoid unflattery (yes, my new made-up word). I boil up when I hear people being branded as fat when I know it’s something as simple as the wrong cut on someone and sometimes it takes a while to notice what isn’t working in an outfit.
Satin Highlights Your Flaws
I’m starting with a big no no if you’re not super toned around the tummy. I’ve seen this time and time again and Coast are devils for launching umpteen satin dresses for a Day at the Races or as many occasions as you can think of. Satin tends to shine and if you have unfortunate bulges, the grooves highlight in lighting. I often seen on some of my pictures the belly indentation which gives my gut a bit of a chubster look. However, if you can’t resist it, you may want to wear some spanks to even yourself out or aim for a much paler colour.
Hem in the Right Places
This is a vital one for everyone, whatever your size. If you feel frumpy in some of the styles you try on, next time you’re in a changing room, play around with the hem lengths. Your hem should never finish on the widest part of your body, particularly skirts and dresses. Try to lower the skirt and raise it to where your legs start to narrow and you’ll notice a huge difference. You really don’t want to hide the slimmer bits and how will someone know you’re toned if all they can see are the thicker bits?
The Pear Shaped A-Line Trick
We’re all different shapes and sizes, some are less fortunate than others but the aim is to get a balanced look. If you’re bottom heavy (pear shaped), you may be a size 14 on the bum but an 8-10 on top, then A-line cuts are your best bud. Similar to the hem in the right place idea, you are doing the exact opposite to hide your thicker bits. Also, avoid any skinny jeans that will enhance, unless you are hiding your hips with a loose tunic top.
The Slice in Half Trick
This is one of my favourites for a slimming look. Black cover ups are perfect for this but if you can find a colour blocked dress say with dark vertical panels along each side of the body, invest in it. This is why I call it the Slice in Half trick. It’s like your hips have been cut away and blend in the background like shadows and narrow along the waist significantly.
Avoid Polo necks if You’re Busty
A polo neck can work wonders for those with a more delicate bust, but if you’re top heavy, a polo neck will only draw attention to it while polo neck moulds around the bust and exaggerates it. In fact, the higher the neckline, the less skin you see, meaning you won’t get a balance. If you really must wear a polo neck though, try to counteract it with a long chunky statement necklace to detract away from it.
Aim for 3/4 to Short Sleeves To Show Your Waistline
Just another quick one I have remembered. A full sleeve can hide the waistline, so say if you’re wearing a lovely fitted hour glass dress and a long sleeve cover up, your waistline can blend in, not showing your proper shape. You don’t have to show off your full arm if you’re conscious, but a 3/4 or shorter will help.
I am planning on creating a YouTube video on this as visually, I think it would be more beneficial for my subscribers to see the before and afters, but please let me know if you found this beneficial and if there’s other styling topics and issues you would like me to discuss. Although I have worked from home now since 2012, I do miss the face to face contact with customers and ferreting around the shop floor, picking out the best combinations to help someone look their absolute best or styling for Fashion Shows.
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