Our personal style is what we feel confident and comfortable in……and for most of us this includes choosing clothing that minimizes our “flaws” and accentuates our assets.
Our bodies are beautiful regardless of size or shape and we should celebrate that! Reality is, and I see it everyday when women are shopping, that we all have areas of our bodies we would like to minimize. We unfortunately obsess over those those areas rather than focus on our assets which does nothing for our self confidence.
Let’s tackle those problem areas so you no longer have to waste time pondering on them. Clothes that minimize the “flaws” will make you feel good and more confident, allowing your true beauty to shine!
Here are 8 common issues women have expressed when shopping for clothes and the solutions to minimize them.
- Thick Neck
Avoid: Tops with round necklines and short necklaces as they will accentuate the thickness. Scarves will also make your neck look thicker.
What to wear: Tops with open collars and deep, narrow v-necks will elongate your neck.
2. Broad Shoulders
Avoid: Stay away from tops with shoulder details, wide boat necks, and strapless tops which will bring all of the attention to your shoulders.
What to wear: Find tops that are dolman sleeve or raglan sleeve which give the illusion of minimizing shoulders. V-neck tops or long necklaces draw the attention to the centre thus breaking up the width of the shoulder.
3. Small Bust
Avoid: Tops with open or deep necklines with draw the attention to the bust.
What to wear: Tops with pockets, ruffles, or other textures will add bulk to the bust area. Prints with horizontal lines or any patterns will give the illusion of fullness. Layer up your clothes and choose looser fitting styles.
4. Full Bust
Avoid: Tops with high necklines will accentuate and elongate the bust area. Tops that have a lot of print, ruffles, pockets, etc add bulk to the bust.
What to wear: Open or v-neck tops will elongate the neck and break up the fullness of a bust.
5. Short Waisted
Avoid: Steer clear of cropped and short jackets and tops as they will just highlight a short waist. High waisted bottoms and wide belts will shorten your waist even more.
What to wear: Choose hip length or longer tops and jackets to five the illusion of a long waist. Diagonal cut tops and prints will also play up the illusion of a longer waist.
6. Wide Hips
Avoid: Tops that gather at the waistline will add bulk to the hip area. Pleated pants will draw attention and widen the hips. Embellished pockets and printed pants or skirts draw the eye to the hip area and add and illusion of a larger hip.
What to wear: Tops that don’t fall at the hip area, choose ones that are either longer or shorter. A-line skirts and dresses will draw the attention away from the hip area.
7. Heavy Thighs
Avoid: Anything that is really tight such as leggings and skinny jeans. Short skirts and shorts will also make thighs look heavier.
What to wear: Dress up your top to bring the attention upwards. A-line skirts and dresses are great to hide heavier thighs.
8. Short Legs
Avoid: Long, full skirts and dresses, wide legged pants, and cuffed pants will all widen out and put emphasis on a shorter leg. Long tops and jackets will hide the legs and make them look even shorter.
What to wear: Shorts, skirts, and dresses that hit above your knee will elongate the legs. Cropped jackets and shorter tops will draw the eye upward and elongate the body.
A positive self image and feeling good about yourself is good for our soul and the clothing we wear plays a huge role in that. I hope you picked up at least one tip that will help in choosing clothes that you love and feel good in!