I introduced an August Challenge in our subscription online community: Beat late-summer boredom by creating a new outfit each day, combining pieces you already own. In the process I discovered a way to make many of the tops in my current closet a lot more flattering regardkess if the season …
The photo below shows one example. I love the colors of this overblouse, but the styling hid my waistline curve, positioned the hem right at my hipline and made my legs appear even shorter. NOT exactly the effect I was going for!
In frustration, I took a length of 14″ elastic, tied it around my waist over the garment and bloused the excess length over the elastic. PRESTO! Waistline more defined, hips balanced out, legs elongated. I could barely believe the difference. Try it with a top from your own closet and I’m betting you’ll love it.
If you want a more permanent solution, mark the position of the elastic on the garment, then stitch a row of seam tape to the wrong side of the fabric to form a casing for your elastic. Here are just a few of the tops I’ve modified this way:
NOTE: This trick works for most body types – not only Hourglass shapes like mine.
- Triangles benefit in the same ways an Hourglass does.
- Rectangles will likely love the “essence of waist” this trick provides.
- Many Inverted Triangles will like how the peplum effect fills out their hip area to balance their fuller upper body.
- Ovals – this tip is just not for you. You want that straighter fit through the mid-body. Instead you’ll want to build up your shoulder area a bit with removaable foam Shoulder Shapers.