Easy figure fixes
Fashion solutions for your body type
Every woman has something about her body she'd
like to hide, whether it's heavy thighs, a pudgy tummy or a
too-round bottom. With just a few visual tricks, your problem
areas will disappear and let your true beauty shine through!
If your hips are wider than your shoulders and
your thighs are round, you have a classic pear-shaped body.
Dressing is a snap if you remember to accentuate the positives:
a shapely waist, delicate upper body and attractive shoulders
- Avoid too-baggy tops or too-tight tops:
the looser tops will make you look large all over, the tight
tops will make you look out of proportion to your hips. Look
for fitted -- not skintight -- T-shirts (something with some
stretch) and button-front tops. V-necks, turtlenecks and
open collars all call attention to the face, which is
always a good thing.
- Jackets and blazers should hit anywhere
but the widest point of your hips. That could mean
right below the waist to mid-thigh, depending on your
height. Wear jackets and blazers open for the best vertical
- Look for dresses that nip in at the waist
and slightly flare out over hips and thighs.
- You can pull off a full-skirted ballgown
because it will hide heavy hips and thighs.
- Try sleeveless and strapless dresses to
play up pretty shoulders and arms.
- An empire, or raised waist dress brings
the eye up away from problem areas. Careful, though.
Sometimes this gets mistaken for a maternity look with
The apple-shaped body is usually softer around
the middle and has heavier breasts, with narrower hips and
slimmer legs. Make the most of your womanly figure by showing
off your legs and great cleavage.
- Avoid too tight (plays up large breasts
too much) and too baggy (just makes you look heavier). Opt
for fabrics that skim the body, preferably knits and wovens
with stretch for a better fit.
- V-neck, boatneck, turtle and mock necks
and shirt collars are your most flattering necklines.
- Play up nice cleavage with a peak, not a
Dolly Parton-sized slice. Especially appealing: a pretty
lace-trimmed cami showing under a jacket or top.
- Avoid full sleeves or puffy sleeves.
- Balance out a top-heavy figure with an
A-line skirt that will give you the look of a waist and more
of an hourglass look.
- Choose flat-front, never pleated, pants
that have a lower rise than the natural waist.
- Five-pocket jeans are your friend! Front
pockets on jeans help disguise a tummy problem, while back
pockets can help define a flatter rear common to top-heavy
- Avoid anything too tight -- from pencil
skirts to skintight jeans -- because it will only accentuate
- Play up nice legs with shorter (an inch
above the knee) skirts.
- One-piece dressing is tricky for you.
Best bets: A sleeveless black sheath, a soft princess seamed
dress, a strapless dress with corseted top.
- Resist the urge to cover up head-to-toe:
showing a little skin, whether it's bare arms or shoulders,
is much more flattering.
Body basics for every figure
- Wear colors that look great on you. Not
sure what those are? Grab a trusted friend and head to the
mall. Hold up tons of colors next to your face and get
feedback from your friend. Hues that compliment most
complexions: pink, blue, white (you'll just need to change
the intensity of these colors to suit your coloring, i.e.
hot pink for darker skins, carnation for fairer, ivory for
olive tones, etc.)
- Nobody looks good in high-waisted,
pleated pants with narrow ankle openings, but manufacturers
still turn these out in droves. Avoid!
- Don't worry about being trendy when you
look at what suits your figure: concentrate on what
flatters, and add up-to-date shoes, handbags and accessories