How to Choose the Right Clothes to Cover Problem Areas

Here are the common problems women face and the solutions to counterbalance them.

Most women are troubled by spot problems such as large hips, a thick waist, too small or too large bust, etc. By minimizing the problem areas and highlighting your assets, your figure can look its best. Here are the common problems women face and the solutions to counterbalance them.

ROUND FACE: A V-neckline looks most flattering if your face has a round shape. Wearing button-front shirts and leaving the top one or two buttons open will also create a longer illusion. Avoid turtlenecks or extremely high collars.

LONG FACE: To complement a long face, wear scoop necklines and high turtlenecks, so does a man-tailored shirt, buttoned high and worn with a soft bow or scarf at the neck. Long faces also look terrific in full cowl necklines that drape softly in front at the chin line. Avoid V- and U- necklines as well as long pointed collars, which tend to elongate your face.

LONG NECK: You have the advantage of being able to wear almost any neckline. Low backs look especially graceful on you, since they emphasize the long line created from the nape of your neck to the small of your back. If you want to shorten the look of your neck, wear high turtlenecks, choker style necklaces, and round earrings. You can play with any style and lots of details at the neckline.

SHORT NECK: Expose as much of your neck as possible; opt for V-necks, U-necks, or scooped necklines. Avoid short necklaces that seem to break up the line of the neck. Dangling earrings will look good on you.

NARROW SHOULDERS: You can wear dolman sleeves, raglan sleeves, or boat-type neckline. If you keep the line below your wait extremely narrow (i.e., slim jeans, straight skirts, shorts), you can wear halter tops, but avoid full-skirted, halter-top dresses, as they accentuate you narrow shoulder line.

BROAD SHOULDERS: Good fit is extremely important. You can wear V-neck tops and plunging necklines. The point is to move the eyesight vertically instead of side to side. Avoid shoulder pads. A not too puffy peasant sleeve would work for you, so is a wrap-around blouse or dress.

ROUND SHOULDERS: Anything that defines your shoulders such as pert puffed sleeves, shoulder pads, crisp fabrics, and large, square collars will straighten out your shoulder line. Avoid raglan and dolman sleeves as well as halter necklines – these accentuate a round line.

LARGE BUST: A V-neck is again one of the most flattering styles. Select soft fluid fabrics in solid colors or subtle prints. Wear earrings to draw the eye up toward your face. Stay away from horizontal seaming on blouses, since that calls attention to the bust line and creates a wider illusion. Avoid chest pockets, large ruffles, and high, round necklines.

SMALL BUST: Go after a curvy effect—blouson tops, soft shirring, gathers, ruffles, and flowing lines. Vertical lines tend to make you look straighter. Don’t wear anything too tight—you’ll look flatter. You might want to try a slightly padded bra to round out your bosom, if that’s how you’d like to see yourself; or you can revel in the fact that almost everything you wear looks fabulous, with or without a bra.

LARGE WAIST: When you wear a belt, wear an open jacket, vest or sweater with it to create an illusion of a waist. Dresses with high or low waistlines are perfect for you. Look for pants that create a clean, easy-fitting look in front. Pull on pants with full elastic add too much bulk at the waist. Avoid wide belts.

LONG OR SHORT WAIST: These are subtle problems that usually result in poor fitting clothes. Some of the problems can be alleviated by wearing separates. Pants pose the biggest problem for short-waisted women. The easiest solution is to wear overblouses or jackets. Long-waisted women need to create a shorter line from shoulder to waist, which can be done by wearing wide belts, printed, or horizontally striped tops, large collars, or short vests layered over lean sweaters. The long-waisted woman can also exaggerate the long line by wearing lean, tucked-in tops accented with skinny little belts.

LARGE HIPS: The secret lies in balancing wide hips with a broad shoulder line. A blouse with wider cut shoulders will work for you. Adding a belt which will slightly cinch your waist will create a flattering figure for you. A-line skirts would look good too. Avoid shoulder bags, which ride on your hip; a clutch bag is better.

LARGE BUTTOCKS: Invest in a three-way mirror so that you always know how you look coming and going. You may be surprised to know that dresses look prettier on you than skirts, since a longer line from the shoulder to hem seems to deemphasize the rear end. Keep stockings and shoes in the same tone as the dress. Avoid definite waist lines, although an elasticized blouson waist can be very flattering, especially if your upper torso is small in proportion to your derriere. Keep brighter colors on top and neutral colors at the bottom when wearing a two-tone outfit. When wearing pants, make sure they’re not too tight. You may wear longer vests or blouses to softly cover those protruding buns.

SMALL BUTTOCKS: Marvelous gathered skirts and trousers look best on women like you. Choose straight or boot-cut jeans with pockets right on the bun. Avoid plain pockets. Go for the ones with flap. Mid thigh coats with an A-line shape looks classic and flattering. When shopping for a swimsuit, you can either go for the softly skirted ones or get the sleek, very high-thigh bikinis that will emphasize your legs.

BIG TUMMY: Blouson-shaped soft flowing tops that float over the body will hide your pouchy tummy; tight clothing will only emphasize it. Side-zipped pants with flat fronts work best. If you go for low-waisted jeans, choose a size larger. It will make your waist look leaner and will minimize belly bulge. Dresses or skirts with dropped waistlines and slightly gathered skirts are also flattering. If you like the look of a slim skirt, wear a jacket to hide your abdomen. Body-stockings often give just enough support to flatten a tummy pouch.


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