Dress Your Best
by Mikayla Cork, Christa-Taylor Marketing guru
Recently we were at a formal event and noticed a couple of things about the attire… 1. everyone was wearing black (I know it’s an easy fall back) but color is in! and 2. Some women did well dressing for their body type and… well, some didn’t. So here is an easy check that covers the basics!
TOP Heavy body shapes:
Don’t: A lot of women who have larger busts try to camouflage it with boxy blazers. A blazer hides a double-D bust, but it makes a waist and the rest of the body look much bigger as well.
Do: A fitted, single-breasted fitted blazer, making sure it defines the waist but is roomy enough in the bust that it doesn’t pull. The overall effect is slimming and shape-defining.
BOTTOM Heavy body shapes:
Don’t: A straight button-dress that hugs the curves at the hips, making them appear larger, not to mention the pull on the buttons in curvy areas can draw unwanted attention.
Do: A wrap dress to emphasize the smallest part of the body (the upper half), allowing the bottom to A-line over the rest, camouflaging large hips and thighs. A print, especially over a darker background is slimming and will diffuse the attention on the pattern, not on the curves.
Now that you know what to wear, a few last minute tid-bits of advice: Practice the art of camouflage. A well known fashion truth: darker colors minimize, while lighter or shiny ones highlight. To play down a large chest, avoid wearing bright metallic tops. Have a thicker waist? A dark brown belt is better than a white one. Horizontal stripes make anything look wider. To look taller and leaner wear monocromatic tops and bottoms (match shoes to trousers for a longer leg line).
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