Let’s not be alarmed but Summer is coming. September holidays are here and beach days along with them.
The cozy winter weight was meant to have shifted on by now. Unfortunately, my wishful thinking method has failed spectacularly. I know I need to add some much need exercise to my routine (and less Tim Tams). But while I’m waiting for that to work, I thought I’d share some ways to flatter your figure.
I almost called this post “Dressing Yourself Slim”, but truth is dressing in a flattering way has absolutely nothing to do with your size. It has everything to with how you use your shape and your confidence. I’ll show you some ideas to emphasise what you have and subtle tricks to create curves where you want them. But most of all, the key is making sure that the eye is drawn to your lovely face. You should aways remain the star in any outfit.
To be honest, the only reason I have realised what works for me is because I take part in #everydaystyle on instagram and now have a visual guide to what outfits seem to drop the kilos.
Even if you don’t want to post your OOTD to instagram, a quick snap of your outfit in the morning is a really useful tool in figuring out exactly what suits you. As they say, the camera doesn’t lie. Well, maybe it does after a few filters are applied, but you get my drift.
This what works for me…
The perfect length skirt/shorts
If a skirt hits me at just the right point, the magic happens. It’s the same for longer style shorts. There is a particular point (for me it’s just above the knee, particularly with full styles) where it just works. Everyone will have a different point where a skirt seems to transform into a wondrous thing – pop in front of a mirror, play with the hem of skirt your already own and find it.
Long singlet with cropped jacket
I have a long torso and this exaggerates it further. Long will always also look lean. The addition of a cropped jacket that finishes at my waist gives me definition.
Following on from the idea of long = lean, by using a block colour or similar shades, you elongate the body. This is why nude coloured shoes are so slimming on the leg – they create that idea of length. You can also use long beads to create the same illusion. On fuller tops, they also give some shape to the body by virtue of their weight.
For me, long and billowing sleeves are a nice balance against wider hips. They are also a great idea if you aren’t comfortable with your arms.
Highlighting the waist
Your natural waist is the point on your torso where you are slimmest. It can be very different from woman to woman. Whenever I draw in at the waist, it instantly adds shape and makes me appear slimmer. The garment might be naturally fitted, or I’ll wear a belt or use a jacket or cropped top that finishes at the line I want to draw attention to.
I helped my gorgeous sister, who has recently had a baby, with some corporate outfits for an event she assisted me with. She’s VERY tall (I’m standing a step beside her here) and is currently breastfeeding. We shopped her wardrobe for a printed jersey dress she hadn’t worn before and a short, black trench coat, worn belted but slightly open to reveal the print as a panel. The belt emphasised her waist, while the open jacket provided panelling in slimming black.
Highlights near face
Whether it’s a gorgeous necklace or a flattering shade of white — I will try to bring the focus back to my face. Bring the eye to where you want people to notice.