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Fashion Choices That Hide Problem Areas

So you’ve got your dad’s eyes, grandma’s freckles, Aunt Suzie’s infectious laugh, and your mom’s thighs. And though you may never want to trade in your mom, you may sometimes want to trade in your thighs. But so what? Perfection is overrated and that’s what baggy clothes were made for. So things being as they are, let’s talk about the best fashion choices for hiding those problem areas.

Woman with white top

Create Curves On Top
You can draw attention away from your curves by wearing something that adds visual dimension to your shoulder and bust area. It will play up the top of your body while drawing attention away from your hips and thighs. Look for:

  • Horizontal necklines, like boat necks or straight necks. Wrap necklines may slim your torso, but focus attention on your bust.
  • Light colors, like light pink or white.
  • Bright colors, like electric blues, reds, and oranges.Eye-catching details like polka dots, stripes, sequins, or large collars.
  • Kimono or bell sleeves.
  • A good push up bra or bust enhancing neckline, like a bustier.
  • Scarves. Need we say more?

Downplay Curves
If you want to minimize hips, butt, and thighs, try the following:

  • Dark colors, especially dark wash jeans or dress pants.
  • Vertical details like stitches, pleats, and decorative zippers.
  • Tops that end just below the hip bone. (Avoid lengths across the across your thighs and hip length tops.)
  • Thigh and hip hugging shapewear.
  • Heels.

shift dress

Minimize Middle
If weight gain around the midsection is problematic, you probably want to choose something that fits loosely around the middle and more tightly elsewhere. Your best choices include:

  • Slim cut pants, to show off slim legs.
  • Shift dresses: These will look very flattering, especially with high heels.
  • Tunics, which glide over the middle, emphasizing other body parts.
  • Empire waist tops.

You want to avoid wearing anything that draws too much attention to the middle, such as belts, waist cinching tops, and high-rise pants.

Pencil skirt

If you’ve got that hourglass body, proportions are no problem, but some clothes may make your curves look more like angles. You need to find clothes that move with your body naturally. Stay away from shapeless styles, like cardigans, tunics, and baby doll dresses. To make the most of your curves, look for:

  • Pencil skirts, great for cinching the waist and skimming the hips.
  • V-Neck shirts: A tight fitting top will flatter without exaggerating.
  • High waisted pants draw attention to a slim waist.
  • Wrap dress: The diagonal cut will hit all the right places.

Bottom Slimming Pants
To create a lean line on your lower body, the best pants are flare legs, straight and skinny, boot cuts, and pants with simple waistbands.

Skirts and Dresses with Width and Volume
It may seem counterintuitive, but skirts that are wider at the bottom usually balance out wider hips. Steer away from too-full skirts in favor of something with an a-line shape. Flared skirts and full circle skirts will also flatter, as will maxi and gypsy skirts.

statement necklace

Statement Jewelry
Eye-catching earrings and necklaces draw attention upward. Examples include gemstones, metal discs, and chandelier and feather earrings.

Short Jackets
Jackets that hit a few inches above the hipline will help to make your legs look thinner and longer. Hip length jackets can also work, as long as you wear a suitable bottom, such as a dark colored A-line skirt or pair of dress pants. Short leather jackets are a good choice, as are cropped denims.

Never underestimate the power of good underwear! It can hide a multitude of sins!

Let us know what you wear to make your problem areas less problematic. We want to know!

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Showing Off Your Curves

Sometimes you want to be ultra-feminine and really flaunt the curves you’ve got. Whether you’re full of natural curves or you want to create the illusion, there are fashionable spring items that you can wear to achieve this. It doesn’t matter what your size or body shape is, there are ways that you can show off your curves. Fashion is all about personal expression and when you want to be alluring and girly, try playing with the following pieces of clothing.

Woman wearing a crop top

Crop Tops
Crop tops have made a major return in the fashion world and these tops are a perfect choice for when you want to accentuate your curves. Crop tops are perhaps most flattering to those who have an hourglass figure, but anybody can rock a crop top with some confidence. Don’t assume that crop tops are only for 20-year-old supermodels, body types of all sizes can make the crop top work for them. Pair a crop top with a flowing maxi skirt for a flirty, feminine look or grab your skinnies and a lightweight cardigan for a more conservative outfit.

Ruffles dress

Tops, dresses or skirts – anything with ruffles is your friend when you are looking to accentuate your curves. In addition to being great at helping you show off curves, ruffles create interest by enhancing what you’ve already got. If you have more of a rectangle shaped body, then wearing ruffles can create the illusion of curves.

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Wide-Legged Trousers
Skinny jeans will always have a place in our hearts and closets, but wide-legged trousers are a major trend for spring. These pants are super versatile; they can be dressed up or dressed down and they come in so many styles. These pants add volume to the bottom half of your body, which highlights your waist and balances you if you have broad shoulders. To really enhance your curves, pair wide-legged trousers with a tucked in cami and add a statement belt to your waist.

Horizontal stripes

Horizontal Stripes
Vertical stripes naturally make the eyes focus up and down, and horizontal stripes do the exact opposite. Horizontal stripes draw the eyes to the sides of your body, and they can help to enhance your natural curves, or to create curves if you have a more athletic body type. Spring 2016 runways were full of stripes in a wide variety of clothing items. A striped top is one of the easiest ways to incorporate some stripes into your spring wardrobe, but designers featured elegant gowns, casual dresses and flowing maxi skirts for spring 2016.

Maximizing your curves is all about feeling confident and beautiful no matter what shape or size your body is. Spring 2016 featured so many styles that are perfect for showing off and creating curves. Play with different colors, textures and outfit combinations to find the pieces that make you feel and look amazing.

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