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Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Long Waisted

Visually raise your waistline and create the illusion of longer legs.

Look for…
  • Anything that visually raises your waistline.
  • Short tops over long bottoms.
  • Jackets & Coats
    • High-belted styles.
    • Empire-waisted styles.
    • Cropped styles.
    • Medium length semi-fitted styles.
    • Styles that taper above your natural waistline.
    • Cropped jean jackets.
    • Cropped biker jackets.
    • Snug-fitting bomber jackets.
  • Tops
    • High-waisted styles.
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Off-the-shoulder styles.
    • Tucked-in styles with a raised waistline.
    • Horizontal detailing: yokes, wide collars, square necklines.
  • Pants & Jeans
    • High-waisted bottoms.
    • Slim legged pants.
    • Pants without cuffs.
    • Straight-leg jeans that hit near your natural waist.
  • Skirts & Dresses
    • Empire-waist styles.
    • Straight styles.
    • Off-center slits make legs look longer.
    • Vertical detailing.
    • Single pleats in soft, fluid fabrics.
    • Empire waist styles.
    • Coat dresses.
    • Semifitted sheath dresses.
    • A-line dresses.
    • Fitted styles that nip in above your natural waistline.
    • Detailing above the waist.
    • Horizontals on the torso.
  • Suits
    • Pick skirts over pants, as they help obscure the exact point where your torso ends and legs begin.
    • Narrow bottoms.
    • Cropped jackets.
  • Swimsuits
    • Two-piece suits or one-piece suits made for long torsos.
    • Tankinis.
    • Horizontal detailing on the torso.
    • Higher leg cuts.
  • Accessories
    • Belts placed above waist level.
    • Belts that match your bottoms.
    • Slim, elevating shoes that match bottoms.
    • Pantyhose that matches shoes and bottoms.
Run from…
  • Anything that visually shortens your legs.
  • Bottoms with loud patterns.
  • Jackets & Coats
    • Long jackets and coats.
    • Coats that belt at your natural waist.
  • Tops
    • Long shirts.
    • Excessively fitted styles.
    • Long, narrow lapels.
    • Princess seams.
    • Vertical detailing.
  • Pants & Jeans
    • Cropped pants.
    • Cuffed pants.
    • Low-waisted bottoms.
    • Tight pants.
    • Flared jeans.
    • Wide-legged styles.
    • Baggy styles.
  • Skirts & Dresses
    • Anything that calls attention to your natural waistline.
    • Horizontal patterns.
    • Hem detailing.
    • Belted styles.
    • Stiff fabrics.
  • Suits
    • Long jackets.
    • Bottoms with hem detailing.
  • Swimsuits
    • One piece suits that are too short in the torso.
    • Boy-cut shorts.
  • Accessories
    • Belts placed below waist level.

4 comments May 16th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: No Waist

Create the illusion of a waist.

Look for…
  • Fitted tops and jackets.
  • Nipped in waistlines.
  • Contoured waistbands.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Tailored styles that naturally flare out at the hips, creating the illusion of a waist.
  • ¾ length coats with waist definition.
  • Tops
  • Fitted styles.
  • Corset tops.
  • Deep V-necklines.
  • Wrap tops.
  • Skirts & Dresses
  • Flared skirts.
  • Full skirts.
  • Pencil skirts.
  • Wrap dresses.
  • Fitted dresses made of drapey materials.
  • Dresses made of soft, delicate fabrics for movement.
  • Accessories
  • Thick belts, worn around the hips, to make the waist appear smaller by comparison.
  • Thin belts give your waist some definition.


Run from…
  • Garments that are cut straight up and down with no waist definition.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Double-breasted coats.
  • Extremely cropped styles, such as bolero jackets.
  • Trenchcoats.Straight-cut overcoats.
  • Tops
  • Baggy tops.
  • Boxy tops and sweaters.
  • Skirts & Dresses
  • Shift dresses with no definition.

Add comment May 12th, 2005

Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Tummy

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.

Add comment May 11th, 2005

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

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