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Aim to show chest, not breast—tops that offer partial coverage, like a sweetheart or a V, will flatter without being too va-va-voom. Balance a bigger chest by adding volume from the waist down (with a full or a-line skirt, for example), just be sure to nip in at your narrowest part to get that hourglass look.
If you carry your weight in your hips, thighs or butt, balance out your proportions with streamlined pieces on the bottom, like an A-line skirt or straight-leg pant. Try a top that has some visual interest, like a pattern or embellishments, to draw the eye upward.
When you’ve got curves, anything that’s all-over tight can look too sexy—but too much volume can be an issue, too. Emphasize either your top or your bottom, as with a pencil skirt and a flowy blouse or a form-fitting top with a soft pant.
If you’re on the shorter side, the key is to lengthen your neck and legs. A V-neck and skirts that hit above (or just below) the kneecap will do just that, as will tops or dresses that hit a little higher than your natural waist. Choose smaller prints and accessories so they don’t overwhelm you.
Length is the challenge here—things that hit above the wrist or or ankle will look like you’ve grown out of them! Look for separates in bold colors (monochrome can accentuate a lanky look) and try high-waisted skirts or trousers to shorten a long torso. Pick larger prints and accessories since smaller ones can look itsy-bitsy. P.S. Befriend a good tailor!
A good fit is your secret weapon here: Tops with a wrapped bodice or empire waist, paired with a structured jacket, are flattering and give you an hourglass shape. Minimize your hips and waist with an A-line skirt or dress that skims the butt and hips. And avoid anything shapeless or drapey, it’ll only make you look bigger.
Create the illusion of a shape with garments that have visual interest, like draping, ruching and texture, or jackets and blouses with a strong shoulder and nipped-in waist. Give yourself some curves on the bottom with a flared or trumpet skirt.
Show off your neckline, arms and legs to draw the eye away from your middle. A scoop or V-neck draws the eye upward and skirts that float away from you are flattering. Stay away from drop waists and choose dresses that gather just below the bustline. Lastly: No clingy fabrics, they can grab on to every lump and bump!