So many people believe that wearing dark colors is the best way to compliment your figure. If you know how to wear your clothes and how to dress for your body type, you’ll see that that is not one hundred percent true. It’s not necessarily the color, but the quality and the way in which the clothes are worn that makes or breaks your overall look. For example, cotton is very thick and because of that, it makes you look very thick, thus, if you’re someone with full hips and thighs, cotton pants aren’t the best form of attire for you. On the flip side, if you’re someone who carries their weight up top, has leaner hips and thighs, cotton bottoms are probably a great option for you, they give the illusion of full proportion, i.e. an hour glass figure per say, provided you’re wearing a top that slims the upper half.
It’s all about angles. If you carry most of your weight in your lower half, a button down or shirt that opens from the front would better compliment your frame. The trick is to wear a top that flairs out on the sides and stops at your hips or longer. This combination gives the illusion of slimmer hips and thighs, whether you’re wearing pants or shorts. Though not needed, but highly recommended, wear heels with your outfit. In this situation, two “rights” won’t make a left. In other words, you can’t go wrong. Of course you’ll look even slimmer if you wear this combination with darker colors, but darker colors really aren’t needed. It’s pretty much like adding chocolate chips to tasty vanilla ice cream.
Note: Try to avoid shirts that stop straight across your hips. Those accentuate your hips in a negative way and make you appear wider.
For those of you who are heavier up top, angles are important for you as well. If you’re a fan of stripped shirts, wear shirts that with stripes that point toward your middle as these give the illusion of a leaner waistline. Baby doll shirts are also a great help with camouflaging your problem area, as well as light blazers with darker shirts and darker blazers with lighter tops. For a less formal look, wear the same combination with a jean jacket, sweater, or button shirt. Just be sure to leave the blazers, jackets, sweaters and button downs open. Baby doll dresses are another option, as well as tunics.
Note: Don’t layer up on the tops. Wearing two and three t-shirts at a time makes you look heavier. Sure, wearing a ton of t-shirts might make those pudges look a little smoother, but as a result, you’ll look like a giant snow ball. Avoid layering up!
If you have love handles and skinny legs, but would like to give the illusion an hour glass figure, wear thicker bottoms such as: pants with cotton material; pants that are vibrant in color; light jeans that have a “washed” in the front of the thigh area. Combine a fitted shirt that flairs at the sides to accentuate and compliment your hips.
Note: It’s best to wear pants and jeans that sit on the area of your abdomen. Hip huggers aren’t flattering for your shape, even on slender frames. I’m not saying you have to look like Steve Urkle, just avoid low- rise jeans.