Posts filed under 'Figure Flattery Guide'

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Small Bust

Flaunt the curves you have, while suggesting the appearance of more volume.

Look for…
  • Push-up bras.
  • Drapey fabrics.
  • Fitted tops.
  • Styles with horizontal lines.
  • Styles with embellishments at the bustline.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Fitted styles.
  • Straight, tailored cuts.
  • Wide lapels and collars.
  • Flattering details on top, such as breast pockets, seaming, and/or draping.
  • Lower necklines.
  • High armholes.
  • Biker jackets.
  • Bomber jackets.
  • Boxy jackets.
  • Tops
  • Fitted styles.
  • Styles with breast pockets.
  • Empire-waist styles.
  • Halter tops.
  • Keyhole tops.
  • Narrow V-necks.
  • Wide lapels and collars.
  • Flared, short sleeves.
  • Tabbed sleeves.
  • Dresses
  • Empire waist styles.
  • Wrap dresses.
  • Coat dresses.
  • A-line styles.
  • Semifitted sheath dresses.
  • Chemise dresses.
  • Shirtdresses.
  • Low V-necklines.
  • Fullness at bust through embellishment.
  • Swimsuits
  • Soft styles.
  • String bikinis.
  • Bra-top styles.
  • Slight padding.
  • Bright colors at the bustline.
  • Embellishment for volume at the bustline.
  • Lower necklines.
Run from…
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Dropped-sleeve styles.
  • Loose fitting styles.
  • Tops
  • Loose fitting tops.
  • Overly structured tops that you can’t fill out.
  • Raglan, kimono, or dolman sleeves.
  • Voluminous tops.
  • Dresses
  • Voluminous shapes.
  • Dresses that you can’t fill out.
  • Swimsuits
  • Overly structured suits.
  • Excessive padding in the bust area.

5 comments May 10th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Full Bust

Elongate your upper body, both torso and neck, while subtly showing your curves.

Look for…
  • Garments that drape nicely over your curves.
  • Dark colored tops and light colored bottoms.
  • Garments that add vertical lines above the waist.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Single breasted styles.
  • Semifitted styles.
  • Long, vertical, and narrow collars.
  • Styles that button right under the bustline.
  • Jean jackets without pocket detailing.
  • Biker jackets without detailing.
  • Bomber jackets.
  • Single breasted boxy jackets.
  • Tops
  • Simple styles without much embellishment.
  • Quiet vertical detailing.
  • Styles that subtly reveal cleavage.
  • Open-neck tops.
  • Wrap styles.
  • Deep vertical lines.
  • Styles with bust darts.
  • Long sleeves that flare below the elbow.
  • Dresses
  • Semifitted styles with open necklines.
  • Shirtdresses.
  • Sheath dresses.
  • Dropped waistlines.
  • Wrap dresses.
  • Vertical V-necklines.
  • Sweetheart necklines.
  • Spaghetti straps.
  • Vertical seaming.
  • Hem detailing.
  • Dresses that are darker on top than on the bottom.
  • Narrow skirts with flare at hem.
  • Soft, drapey fabrics.
  • Swimsuits
  • Vertical detailing.
  • Suits with built in support.
  • Wider straps.
  • Halter suits.
  • Ruffles, shirring, and draping below the chest.
  • Dark, solid colors on top, and light fabrics on the bottom.
  • Dark, slimming side panels.
  • Lower necklines.
Run from…
  • Prominent detailing at the bustline.
  • Garments that add bulk around the neck.
  • Wide belts.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Double breasted styles.
  • Breast pockets on jackets and coats.
  • Wide lapels on collars.
  • High necklines.
  • Patch pockets.
  • Loose fitting styles.
  • Belted styles.
  • Tops
  • Horizontal detailing.
  • Oversized tops.
  • Chunky knits.
  • Tops with large patterns.
  • Double breasted styles.
  • Wide waistbands.
  • Short flared sleeves.
  • Big lapels and collars.
  • Large prints.
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Sleeves with a baggy fit.
  • Raglan, dolman, and kimono sleeves.
  • Tabbed sleeves.
  • Dresses
  • High necklines.
  • Boatnecks.
  • A-line dresses.
  • Tunics.
  • Wide belts.
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Swimsuits
  • Suits without adequate support.
  • Suits with belts.

Add comment May 9th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Heavy Arms

Visually slim and elongate your arms and torso.

Look for…
  • Three-quarter sleeves.
  • Handkerchief sleeves.
  • Raglan, dolman, or kimono sleeves (all provide extra room in the armhole).
  • Cape sleeves.
  • Long sleeves that flare below the elbow.
  • Tops with subtle vertical lines—such as seamlines or lapels.
  • Tops with a small puff at the shoulder.

Run from…
  • Tight or clingy fitted sleeves.
  • Elastic or tabbed sleeves.
  • Short, flared sleeves.
  • Tight cuffs.
  • No sleeves.
  • One-shoulder styles.
  • Strapless styles.
  • Off-the-shoulder styles.
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Sleeveless tops.
  • Tops with very short sleeves.

1 comment May 5th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Narrow Shoulders

Visually broaden your shoulders. Create a visual balance between your shoulders and hips.

Look for…
  • Shoulder pads.
  • Horizontal lines at the shoulder.
  • Wide neck openings.
  • Set in, puffed, or gathered sleeves: especially those that are placed slightly outside the shoulder bone.
  • Horizontal piping or stripes.
  • Structured, tailored styles.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Boxy Chanel-style jackets.
  • Double breasted styles.
  • Epaulettes.
  • Tops
  • Collared shirts.
  • Tops with breast pockets.
  • Tops with lapels.
  • Horizontal lines at the shoulder.
  • Boatnecked tops.
  • Square necked tops.
  • V-Necklines.
  • Sweetheart necklines.
  • Puffy, gathered sleeves.
  • Yokes.
  • Wide collars.
  • Sailor collars.
  • Peaked lapels.
  • Wrap tops.
Run from…
  • Set-in sleeves that do not extend beyond shoulder bones.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Dropped sleeves.
  • Deep armholes.
  • Raglan sleeves.
  • Unstructured styles.
  • Tops
  • Halter tops.
  • Camisoles.
  • Raglan, dolman, or kimono sleeves.
  • Capped sleeves.
  • Gathered necklines.
  • Off the shoulder styles.

Add comment May 4th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Broad Shoulders

Downplay the width of your shoulders by softening them.

Look for…
  • Set-in sleeves that do not extend beyond shoulder bones.
  • Dark colored tops.
  • V-necklines.
  • Vertical seaming.
  • Balance narrow hips with pockets at the hipline.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Longer styles.
  • Loose, unstructured jackets.
  • Deep armholes.
  • Raglan sleeves.
  • Kimono sleeves.
  • Dropped sleeves.
  • Small lapels.
  • Small, narrow collars.
  • Single breasted styles.
  • Notch or shawl collars.
  • Vertical seaming.
  • Tops
  • Deep V-neck tops.
  • Raglan sleeves.
  • Deep, narrow v-neck tops.
  • Narrow collars and lapels.
  • Cuffed sleeves.

  • Swimsuits
    • Straps that hit at mid-shoulder.
    • Wider straps.
    • V-necks.
    • Scoop necklines.
    • Vertical details.
    • Diagonal lines.
    Run from…
    • Anything that will draw extra attention to the shoulder area.
    • Shoulder pads.
    • Horizontal lines at the shoulder.
    • Colorblocking on shoulders.
    • High, closed necklines.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Double breasted styles.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • Fitted styles.
    • Wide lapels on collars.
    • Short, rolled lapels.
    • Yokes.
    • Breast pockets.
    • Puffed or gathered sleeves.
    • Epaulettes.
    • Asymmetrical closures.
    • High, closed, round necks.
    • Tops
    • Tops made of shiny fabrics.
    • Horizontal lines at the shoulder, or anywhere above the bustline.
    • Shoulder detailing.
    • Boat necked tops.
    • Square necked tops.
    • Wrap-style tops.
    • Wide collars.
    • Puffy sleeves.
    • One-shoulder necklines.
    • Wide necklines.
    • Halter tops.
    • Swimsuits
    • Racerback suits.
    • Halter necklines.

    Add comment May 3rd, 2005

    Women’s Figure Flattery: Guide Short Neck

    Visually elongate your neck!

    Look for…
    • V-necked styles.
    • Deep V-necklines are especially flattering.
    • Tops with open necklines (e.g. square necklines, sweetheart necklines, camisoles, etc).
    • Drapey, long necklaces.
    Run from…
    • Garments that add bulk around the neck.
    • Turtlenecks.
    • Scarves.
    • Tops with high collars.
    • Mandarin collars.
    • Choker necklaces.

    Add comment May 2nd, 2005

    Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Full Figured

    Elongate your silhouette and enhance specific focal points.

    Look for…
    • When choosing an outfit, pick a focal point and play it up: neck and shoulders, back, cleavage, forearms, legs, etc.
    • Monochromatic and tonal outfits.
    • Items with drape and stretch.
    • Garments with soft texture, vertical patterns, and prints.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Straight cuts.
    • Mid-hip lengths or longer.
    • Single breasted styles.
    • Tailored styles.
    • Subtle A-line styles.
    • High armholes and natural shoulders for a leaner look.
    • Biker jackets.
    • Boxy jackets.
    • Tops
    • Semifitted styles that can be tucked in.
    • Wrap styles.
    • Off-the-shoulder necklines.
    • Styles with bust darts.
    • Deep V-necks.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Flat-front straight leg trousers with no pockets.
    • Waistbands 1” or smaller.
    • Jean styles that sit slightly below your natural waist.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Dresses with all-over patterns to keep the eyes moving.
    • Dark colors and flat textures.
    • Waistbands 1” or smaller.
    • Styles without waistbands.
    • A-line styles.
    • Flat front skirts.
    • Play up cleavage or legs as your focal point.
    • Suits
    • Vertical detailing.
    • Semifitted styles.
    • Simple styles.
    • Swimsuits
    • Diagonal lines.
    • Chevron patterns.
    • Verticals: necklines, piping, patterns, seams.
    • Lower necklines.
    • Side shirring.
    • Dark side panels.
    • High Lycra content.
    Run from…
    • Clingy or tight fitting items.
    • Oversized clothing.
    • Ill-fitting clothing.
    • Stiff fabrics.
    • Bulky pockets.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Double breasted styles.
    • Belted styles.
    • Bulky flap or patch pockets.
    • Tops
    • Hems that end at the widest part of your hips.
    • Overembellishment.
    • Anything too tight.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Pants tapered at the ankle.
    • Baggy pants.
    • Pants with pleated waists.
    • Peg top pants with elastic waists.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Bulky, gathered styles.
    • Boxy shapes.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • Bias cuts.
    • Wrap styles.
    • Front darts.
    • Pleats.
    • Front pockets.
    • Suits
    • Anything too tight.
    • Complicated cuts.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • Swimsuits
    • Anything that creates a horizontal line.
    • Two piece suits that dig into your body.

    Add comment April 28th, 2005

    Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Boyish

    Soften your silhouette by adding the appearance of curves.

    Look for…
    • Fitted styles.
    • Styles with embellishments at the bustline (e.g. ruching, pleating).
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Fitted styles.
    • Straight styles.
    • Jackets with nipped in waists.
    • Belted styles.
    • Styles that end at mid-hip.
    • Double breasted styles.
    • Jackets in heavier fabrics and textures.
    • Pocket detailing, especially breast pockets.
    • Peplum jackets.
    • Biker jackets.
    • Bomber jackets.
    • Straight, boxy jackets.
    • Tops
    • Fitted styles.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • Tops with nipped in waists.
    • Halter Tops.
    • Tops with embellishments at the bustline: shirring or gathers.
    • Shrunken versions of men’s shirts.
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Narrow V-necks.
    • Flared short sleeves.
    • Tabbed sleeves.
    • Breast pockets.
    • Wide collars and lapels.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Flat-front, straight-leg trousers.
    • Slight flare at hem.
    • Pleats will help create curves.
    • Wide waistbands and a lower rise pant will visually add curves.
    • Low rise styles.
    • Low-rise, straight leg jean styles work best.
    • Jeans with a fitted derrière create instant curves.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Almost any style works.
    • For broad shoulders, avoid very full skirts.
    • Sarong skirts.
    • Bias cut skirts.
    • A-line skirts.
    • Pleating.
    • Slanted pockets for added hip shape.
    • Gathers.
    • Patch pockets.
    • Belts.
    • Thicker waistbands.
    • Shirtdresses.
    • Wrap dresses.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • Contrast color at bustline.
    • Waist detailing.
    Run from…
    • Garments that are cut straight up and down with no waist definition.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Anything with built in curves.
    • Shoulder pads.
    • Horizontal lines at the shoulder.
    • Raglan, dolman, or kimono sleeves.
    • Tops
    • Horizontal lines at the shoulder.
    • Raglan, dolman, or kimono sleeves.
    • Stiff fabrics.
    • Voluminous, structured tops that you don’t fill out.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Fitted capris and clamdiggers.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Voluminous styles.
    • Excess tailoring.
    • Stiff fabrics.

    Add comment April 27th, 2005

    Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Curvy

    Elongate your figure while featuring your waist.
    Showcase your curves.


    Look for…

     

    • Garments that drape nicely over your curves.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Styles with simple lines.
    • Semi-fitted styles that just cover your derrière.
    • Belted styles.
    • Single breasted jackets.
    • Closure (button or otherwise) just below the bustline.
    • Vertical lines through seams and/or lapels.
    • Snug fit jean jackets.
    • Snug fit, high collared biker jacket.
    • Bomber jacket worn open.
    • Single breasted boxy styles.

  • Tops
    • Semifitted styles that end below the belt and can be tucked in.
    • Styles with bust darts.
    • Drapey fabrics.
    • Tops with fitted waists.
    • Shoulder-baring tops.
    • Collarbone-baring tops.
    • Tops that subtly reveal cleavage.
    • Wrap tops.
    • Deep V-necks.
    • Small collars.
    • Narrow lapels.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Classic flat-front straight-leg pants that rest at your natural waistline.
    • Side or back zip pants (invisible zipper) reduce bulk and can be more flattering.
    • Subtle flare at ankle is flattering on taller women.
    • Wide pants can be tapered slightly at calf-height on heavy women.
    • Stretch jeans are perfect for showcasing curves.
    • For a look that’s less form-fitting, try straight-leg jeans one size up.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Slitted skirts and dresses that showcase your legs.
    • Bottoms that narrow at your knees.
    • A-line skirts.
    • Tapered skirts.
    • Flat front styles with side or back zipper.
    • For a thin waistline, show your waist with a belt or prominent waistline.
    • For a thicker waistline, look for dropped-waist styles.
    • Wrap dresses.
    • Semifitted styles.
    • Shift dresses.
    • A-line dresses.
    • Shirtdresses.
    • Medium-weight knits and drapey fabrics are flattering.
    • Shawl collars.
    • Keyhole necklines.
    • Strapless necklines.
    • Asymmetrical necklines.
    • Suits
    • Fluid fabrics.
    • Fitted jackets and skirts.
    • Swimsuits
    • Wrapped styles.
    • All-over patterns.
    • Side shirring.
    • Dark side insets.
    • Underwire bra-tops.
    • Halter necklines.
    • High-cut legholes.

    Run From…

    • Oversized clothes.
    • Overly tight clothing.
    • Clothes that are cut straight up and down, without regards to curves.
    • Horizontal lines at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Jackets without waist definition (e.g. those that are loosely buttoned at the waistline).
    • Styles that end at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Rolled lapels.
    • Cropped styles.
    • High necklines.
    • Jean jacket with pocket detailing.
    • Tops
    • Styles that end at the fullest part of your hips.
    • Cropped styles.
    • Overembellishment.
    • Extremely thin fabrics.
    • Oversized tops.
    • Anything too tight.
    • Pants & Jeans
    • Cuffed pants.
    • Very tapered styles.
    • Skirts & Dresses
    • Boxy styles.
    • Stiff fabrics.
    • Extremely full skirts.
    • Pleats.
    • Bulky pockets.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • High necklines.
    • Suits
    • Tight styles.
    • Swimsuits
    • Suits without enough support.
    • Improper fit.

    Add comment April 26th, 2005

    Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Petite

    Elongate your silhouette by making your legs look longer.


    Look for…
    • Items in the petites department: they’re proportioned for a shorter woman.
    • Monochromatic ensembles.
    • Narrow silhouettes.
    • Drapey, fluid fabrics.
    • Vertical lines and detailing: seams, closures, embellishment, etc.
    • Princess and/or center seams.
    • Small prints.
    • Skirts are better than pants because they conceal the point where your legs begin, allowing you to create the illusion of longer legs by raising the waistline.

    • Jackets & Coats
    • Cropped styles.
    • Styles with simple lines.
    • One or two button closures.
    • Narrow lapels that end above the natural waistline.
    • Coats should be no longer than one inch above the knee.
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Belts, if any, should be placed above the natural waistline.
    • High necklines create the illusion of height.
    • Tops
    • Simple, fitted styles.
    • High-waisted tops.
    • Empire line tops.
    • Cropped tops and sweaters.
    • Tops in fluid, drapey fabrics.
      • Pants & Jeans
      • Straight leg pants with front creases.
      • Longer cut styles work best; wear these with heels for a longer line.
      • Classic 5-pocket jean styles.
      • Natural waist styles to visually lengthen leg.
      • Skirts & Dresses
      • Above-the-knee and knee-length skirts and dresses.
      • Tapered straight skirts.
      • A-line skirts.
      • Button-front skirts.
      • Wraparound skirts.
      • Slim dress silhouettes.
      • High-waisted dresses.
      • Empire line dresses.
      • Wrap dresses.
      • Semifitted to fitted sheath dresses.
      • Off center slit to elongate legs.
      • Vertical detailing: buttons, seamlines, trimmings, etc.
      • Higher neckline for a taller look.
      • Accessories
      • Minimal accessories.
      • Medium height shoes.
      • Pointed toe shoes to elongate foot and leg.
      • Shoes with a low vamp (toe opening is long and narrow) for a longer line for your foot and leg.

      Run from…
      • Stiff, tailored clothing.
      • Baggy clothing.
      • Big horizontal lines.
      • Large prints.
      • Excess detailing.

      • Jackets & Coats
      • Double breasted styles.
      • Long coats.
      • Voluminous styles.
      • Styles with wide lapels.

        • Tops
        • Tops that hit at your natural waistline.
        • Baggy tops.
        • Highly embellished tops.
        • Tops made of stiff fabrics.
        • Pants & Jeans
        • Pleated pants.
        • Cropped pants.
        • Low rise pants.
        • Cuffed pants.
        • Wide-leg pants.
        • Flared pants.
        • Skirts & Dresses
        • Skirts that hit at mid-calf.
        • Long, ankle length skirts.
        • Hem detailing.
        • Overly girly styles.
        • Overembellishment.
        • Extremely full skirts (think Cinderella).
        • Accessories
        • Very High Heels.
        • Overembellished styles.
        • Styles that disproportionately large for your frame.

        Add comment April 25th, 2005

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