Everyone deserves to look fab, no matter what your body type. If you think that you are short and curvy, and you deserve to look your gorgeous best, read on for the secret tips.
Please Note: This post does not endorse judging any body shape in any way. This blog encourages you to cultivate a positive image about your body, and love your body; flaws and all. However, we endeavour to educate women on the art of dressing smart. A smartly dressed woman is a confident and productive woman.
Use optical illusion to your advantage. Dresses with vertical lines will make your body look longer. Consequently your body will look slimmer, as it looks longer. If you want the lower part of your body to look longer, wear long skirts with vertical stripes. Take care that your dress does not hug your form tightly, causing the stripes to warp around. This will not give you the desired effect.
Short and Curvy? -USE DIAGONAL STRIPES
Diagonal lines will distract and take the focus away from your problem areas. Especially the bust and hips.
WEAR THICK STRIPES
Stripes work in the same way as prints do. If you are small, you will benefit with small repeat print or stripes. The curvier you are, the bolder your stripes or prints should be. That is how it works.
Short and Curvy? -USE THE STRIPES STRATEGICALLY
Depending upon the shape of your body, you can decide how you want to sport the stripes. If you have an apple shaped/top-heavy/inverted triangle body, you may wear striped tops. If you have a pear shaped/bottom-heavy body, you may try striped skirt or pants. Wear tops with striped sleeves to make your arms look slim and toned. Mixed stripes like vertical, horizontal and diagonal ones, thick and thin ones, in the same clothing can also a give refreshing result.
AVOID HORIZONTAL STRIPES
The horizontal effect will make you look wider and shorter. Avoid horizontal lines particularly at the hips and neck area. Naturally tops like bandeaus are therefore are going to make you look broad and short as well. As horizontal stripes can be a tricky business, it would be safe to avoid them altogether.
1/3-2/3 RATIO – AND VICE VERSA
This rule of the third is very important aesthetically, and artists use it all the time. The ratio of 1/3- 2/3 or 2/3-1/3 has been used in paintings and architecture forever. What is this rule of the third? Divide your body into thirds to highlight your positives and downplay your flaws. If you have long upper body and short legs, divide the middle area in such a way that upper body is 1/3 and lower body is 2/3 of the dress. Easiest way is to use a belt.
If you have long upper body, wear crop top and high waist skirts or jeans. If you have short upper body and long legs, wear long tops with tight bottom. Similarly if you are wearing a tight fitting top, wear a flaring bottom. The idea is to balance out the body.
SKIN COLOURED SHOES
Wearing shoes the colour of your skin is another trick to look taller. The shoes will look like an extension of your legs. Go for high-heels for the added advantage.
Short and Curvy? -WEAR MATCHING FOOTWEAR
This tip is a continuation of the earlier one. Wearing footwear the same colour as your bottom will make you look taller. A visual trick for the elongation effect.
HOUR GLASS CUT
The hour glass pattern slims your waist and flairs out at the hips, and gives you a shapely figure. Use hour glass tops, dresses and swimsuits to your advantage.
It is important you know your body shape to take benefit from the styling tips. Know your plus and minus, and work for and against them accordingly. Use your imagination!