Fit. If you don’t have fit, you don’t have style. Clothes that are too tight make you appear bigger. When a garment on your body is pulling at the seams, it looks like you have gained weight and are now testing the very fabric of your clothes.
Clothes that are too loose can also make you appear bigger. Looking like a shlumpy mess tells passersby (not to mention potential employers and promising dates) that you have simply given up on yourself or that you’re embarrassed by your body and have chosen to hide it. I’m here to tell you: You don’t need to live like this any longer.
You want clothes that fit just right. But it’s totally unreasonable to expect garments to fit you perfectly off the rack. I cannot stress enough the importance of buying the correct size and having a good tailor. The key is to try on stuff. And more and more stuff. And if something “almost” fits, you take it to the tailor to make it “actually” fit.
(If you don’t know what can and can’t be tailored, there’s a good tailoring guide in my book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget.)
Proportion. Size matters, in matters of proportion. Meaning, the size of the things you wear (patterns, bags, accessories) in relation to the size of your body. Also, the size of your body parts in relation to each other. Simply put, if you have a smaller frame, you’ll want to wear things that are smaller. If you have a larger frame, you’ll want to wear things that are larger.
Appropriateness. Know what to wear and when. This goes for situation and age. A deep-V blouse won’t work on a job interview unless you are a hooker (then the deeper the better). If you are of a “certain age,” check in with yourself before leaving the house. If your outfit shows too much breast, navel or thigh, it will be difficult to look fabulous next to a 22-year-old who probably has supple skin, flat abs and perky bosoms. You don’t need to set yourself up for disappointment. You CAN be fabulous at any age and with any body type!