I was inspired by discussion at the FB group to get a professional bra fitting. I took a pic in the same shirt as a recent outfit. You can see how much this improves my line. I guess I never really thought about trying to dress slimmer.
But here are some other ideas I found that I'm going to try:
- wear a tunic with emphasis front and center
- wear a correctly shaped thin cardigan
- wear shape correcting jeans
- pick the right skirt for my shape
- wear only paired down trousers
- use wide belts
- choose a dress with structured waist
- try long waisted skirts
- wrap style dresses
- Wear a wide belt over a dress to streamline your shape.
- Look for styles that have gathered fabric in strategic places, called ruching, which pulls you in at the middle, and V-necks, which draw the eye upward.
- Tops: Men's-style shirts tucked into trousers and skirts camouflage the middle area and are always "Katherine Hepburn" chic.
- Jackets: Stick to slightly tapered jackets to create a slimmer waist
- In addition look for tops and dresses that fit close to your waist to maintain the shape.
Also try pencil and high waisted skirts; you should really be able to wear them well.
- Wear belts. Belted dresses and other outfits with belts can help draw attention to your lovely waist.
- Choose tops with open necks, V-necks and other low necklines to give length to your throat and upper body and draw attention to your face.
- If you wear separates, make them the same color. That will lengthen your look.
- Try A-line skirts to flatter your hips.
- Consider shoes with heels. They can add length to your legs and make your hips look less full.
In addition,when piecing together outfits try to keep your color combinations balanced. This means stick to a combination of dark colors, or light colors; but not both together at the same time. Light colors make things appear bigger, while dark colors make things appear smaller. If you pair a white top with dark pants your going to look top-heavy, and vis-versa; if you pair a dark top with light bottoms you are going to look bottom-heavy. It is very easy to throw off the balance of an hourglass figure so be careful!
Things to avoid:
What Not To Wear:
- If you look at your silhouette you will notice that the narrowest part of your body is your waist. Your hips and shoulders may be well balanced and in proportion, but it is the contrast in the size of waistline that gives you the sex appeal. When choosing clothing it is important that you avoid anything that diminishes this contrast.
- You should try to stay away from boxy jackets, high necklines, loose fitting tops, and shapeless dresses. You don't want to hide your biggest asset!
- As for bottoms; thought you may have a great shape, you still want to keep the focus on your middle so steer clear of low-rise pants, extra detailing, and large prints that would throw of your visual balance.
- High-necked tops or turtlenecks
- Separates of distinctly different colors, or mix colors and prints. You might end up looking as though you've been cut in half at that narrow waist.
- Short skirts. They make your hips look rounder.
- Loose, baggy pants. They make your legs look big all the way down. Try ones with a bit of flare at the bottom of the legs instead.
- Jackets that end at the widest part of your bottom. Go for waist-length tops or longer ones that hang below your hips.
- Double-breasted jackets. They'll make your chest look too big.
- High-waisted dresses or tops. They camouflage your slender waist and hide the best part of your body.