Despite what you may have heard on TV makeover shows, tapering is an almost sure-fire way to make you figure look more sleek and trim. This optical illusion will help you understand exactly why …
That top line represents your hip width – see how the top figure appears wider even though A and B are actually identical?
The vertical line represents your height – see how the bottom figure appears taller, therefore narrower even though X and Y are equal?
The top figure represents an A-line skirt; the bottom one is a tapered pencil skirt. Which garment do you think is likely to be more flattering?
The same holds true for pants, capris and shorts. A narrower leg is almost always going to give you a sleeker look than a fuller one. It doesn’t have to be skin-tight. But if you have been avoiding a narrower silhouette, head to the mall and try one on to see the difference.
You might even consider tapering jacket sleeves. It is very common for a manufacturer or pattern maker to design sleeves too full – adding visual bulk through your middle body – ugh. Sewing them gradually narrower from the underarm to the sleeve edge will also slim your look.
Go find a skirt or pant in your closet, pin in a narrower side seam and see for yourself just how much difference it can make!