Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Tummy

May 11th, 2005

Direct attention away from your middle. Create the illusion of a long vertical line.

Look for…
  • Drapey fabrics.
  • Monochromatic and tonal outfits.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Semi-fitted styles.
  • Straight-cut styles.
  • Long styles: Jackets should reach at least below the derriere.
  • Coats: mid-hip length or longer.
  • Vertical detailing.
  • Deep V-necklines.
  • Single breasted styles.
  • Tailored styles.
  • Subtle A-line styles.
  • High armholes and natural shoulders for a leaner look.
  • Biker jackets.
  • Tops
  • Long tops.
  • Semifitted styles that don’t tuck in.
  • Empire-waist styles.
  • V-necklines.
  • Elongated ovals.
  • Tunics.
  • Cardigans.
  • Untucked shirts.
  • Vertical detailing.
  • Pants & Jeans
  • Flat-front or side zip bottoms.
  • No pockets.
  • Waistbands 1” or smaller.
  • No waistband is preferable.
  • Jean styles that sit slightly lower than your natural waist.
  • Skirts & Dresses
  • Waistbands 1” or smaller.
  • Styles without waistbands.
  • Flat front skirts.
  • Dark colors and flat textures.
  • Dresses that obscure the waistline.
  • Coat dresses.
  • Subtle A-line shapes.
  • Empire-waist styles.
  • Dresses with matching jackets.
  • Semifitted shift dresses.
  • Vertical detailing.
  • Open necklines.
  • V-necklines.
  • Suits
  • Vertical detailing.
  • Semifitted styles.
  • Swimsuits
  • Diagonal lines.
  • Chevron patterns.
  • Verticals: necklines, piping, patterns, seams.
  • Lower necklines.
  • Side shirring.
  • Dark side panels.
  • High Lycra content.
Run from…
  • Fabrics that cling.
  • Bias cut fabrics.
  • Excessively stiff fabrics.
  • Highly defined waistlines.
  • Belts.
  • Cinched waistlines.
  • Garments with detailing at the waistline—pockets or otherwise.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Cropped styles.
  • Bulky flap or patch pockets.
  • Double breasted styles.
  • Wide collars and lapels.
  • Styles with belts.
  • Tops
  • Extremely fitted styles.
  • Anything with horizontal detail across the middle.
  • Tops with waistbands.
  • Belted styles.
  • Cropped styles.
  • Excessive detailing.
  • Pants & Jeans
  • Bulky pockets.
  • Contrasting color belts.
  • High waisted styles.
  • Pleats.
  • Skirts & Dresses
  • Anything that cinches the waist.
  • Bias cuts.
  • Pleats.
  • Wrap styles.
  • Front darts.
  • Bulky, gathered styles.
  • Front pockets.
  • Belts.
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Suits
  • Horizontal detailing.
  • Anything too tight.
  • Swimsuits
  • Anything that creates a horizontal line.
  • Two piece suits that dig into your body.

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