First let’s consider horizontal stripes. Bold rugby-style stripes – especially in even spacing with bright colors like these and high-contrast combinations – can indeed draw the viewer’s eye across your body. But if you want to make your top half look more filled out to balance wider hips, that can be a good thing, not a bad one.
Of all the directions design line can move … diagonals may just be the most figure flattering. Graceful and sensual, they lead the viewer’s eye gently across your body and away from any figure challenges while adding visual interest to a basic silhouette. Each garment below takes advantage of diagonal lines to create the illusion of a smaller waistline and a shaplier figure.
Important Note: the closer a diagonal is toward vertical the more slimming it is likely to be. The closer to horizontal … not so much. Look for diagonal lines that create at least a 45-degree angle across your body.
While most women scrupulously avoid any and all horizontal stripes — unnecessarily in my opinion, but more on that another day — we often overlook other horizontals design elements — especially those low on the body — that can sneak up and saboutage a look.
Hemlines form unexpected horizontal lines, and the fuller the skirt, pant leg or top, the more horizontal the effect. Keeping garments narrower, dressing in color (or color value) columns and color-toning hosiery to the garment can minimize that widening effect.
Any area, divided vertically, looks narrower. That’s why vertical design lines are such a powerful way to look taller and trimmer in your clothes. A vertical can extend the length of your entire look, or can be used just on the parts you’d like to visually narrow.
The vertical strip of red sweater showing between the front edges of Donna’s jacket minimize the width of her upper body and make her inverted triangle figure look more balanced. That is one of the things that makes me such a fan of 2-layer sop combinations.
If your “get ready for summer” diet hasn’t quite gotten you to your ideal weight yet – take heart. This week’s lesson will show you simple dressing tricks to make you look at least 10 pounds thinner … instantly.
Most of these tricks apply to all the body types, so whether you’re an hourglass, triangle, rectangle, inverted or circle – get set to look and feel more sleek and svelte TODAY!
But first you may want to let go of a few things you already “know” about dressing slim – ‘cause they may not be as valuable as you have been led to believe.
The best-kept secret of figure flattery is – are you ready? – Shoulder Shapers! See the amazing difference they make on the women below. Like them, you can see all your tops drape better, your hips look trimmer, your tummy look flatter, your bustline look lifted, your posture look straighter, your upper arms look more toned — what’s not to love !?!
I know, I know … you’ve heard that shoulder pads are out of fashion. But stay with me here for just a moment.
We got so many interesting comments to the post about dyeing optic white garments to other more flattering colors that I wanted to share some additional tips and resources. It’s funny – when the folks who teach the wardrobe consulting program at FIT were considering “LOOKING GOOD … Every Day” as their textbook, one of their questions about the content was “Would anybody actually dye their clothes a new color?” Your collective enthusiasm for the idea confirms that plenty of people would!
Larger scarves in super-soft fabrics are on-trend and a great way to add polish and pizzaz, even to casual outfits including jeans. But I often get questions about how to wear them. The good news is that several of my favorite, super-easy techniqures for smaller rectangular scarves work equally well for their oversized cousins. Take a look …
I say again and again that we all have permission to be the best-dressed person in the room at any given time. Well today that “room” was the grocery store aisle, where I wheeled my cart up behind a woman – I later learned her name is Cheryl – wearing the most fabulous jacket. Since my husband wasnt there to restrain me, I kept wheeling until I was close enough to start a conversation and ask if I could photo her — right there between the greeting cards and the cleaning supplies — to share with all of you.