Fashion mavens have figured out simple tricks for accenting gorgeous features while simultaneously hiding others, and it’s all about using clothing and accessories to create optical illusions. So whether you want to show off those killer curves while slimming the tummy or add volume to a boyish figure while highlighting a flat stomach, consider these simple secrets used by fashion designers and stylists around the globe:
Slimming – No matter your body shape, there are a few tried-and-true tricks that provide a thinner appearance. Vertical and diagonal lines are your friend, adding classic elegance whether in a dress, blouse or blazer. Black is always slimming, but you can use all dark hues to your advantage when paired with light/bright colors – simply place the dark color on any unflattering areas and the bright where you want to draw the eyes. A simple example: Dark suit with a bright blouse.
Fashion we love: Saint Grace Moby Stripe Foldover Skirt in Oat/Liberty.
Long torso – Many tall ladies have a long torso. The easiest trick is to use accessories to achieve the look you want. Long or layered necklaces break up a long torso and add a touch of pizazz. Another great option is the waterfall jacket because the flowing front detail adds dimension. A structured jean jacket is a must-have for long-torsoed women. Finally – if you dare – a crop top of course will do the trick.
Item we love: Long Chain Necklace in Gunmetal.
Curvy – If you have an hourglass figure, the best way to highlight those curves without adding extra weight to your look is to focus on your waist. Closer-fitting clothing shows off your assets and a nipped-in waist ensures you look like Marilyn Monroe. Chunky belts can be a wonderful way to define a waist and enhance a curvy physique. Beware of over-sized clothing that can drown out your figure fast.
Fashion we love: Stacia Sweater Dress.
Boyish – If you are lacking in the curve department, no worries. It’s easier than you think to give the illusion of curves, and doing so doesn’t involve an uncomfortable push-up bra. V-necks and appropriately placed cutouts can emphasize cleavage. Dresses with empire lines, full skirts and peplum pieces are ideal for adding curvature to boyish figures, too. Details like ruching, color placement and texture are all great for giving the illusion of curves, too.
Fashion we love: Grid Lock Top.
Pear – To balance wider hips and a full derriere, select tops that ruffle a bit. To avoid attention on thicker thighs, choose dresses and skirts that are knee-length so you can still show off those lovely legs without going overboard. Blouses and dresses with slight shirring cinch in at the waist to complement a pear shape.
Fashion we love: 7 For All Mankind Slim Illusion Pencil Skirt in Faded Blue.