Dress your best and for­get the rest

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL -

AP­PEAR­ANCES count, so dress well be­cause clothes maketh the man or the wo­man.

Pick­ing the right out­fit can be a tricky thing and it gets even more dif­fi­cult as we age, as the pull of grav­ity causes pock­ets of fat to ac­cu­mu­late in ar­eas such as the up­per arms, belly, hips, thighs and bot­tom.

The key to look­ing good in what we wear is to learn how to se­lect cloth­ing that cam­ou­flages our body flaws and flat­ters us best:

> Buy cloth­ing that fits well. Tight out­fits ac­cen­tu­ate ev­ery inch of flab, while baggy clothes make you ap­pear frumpy and big­ger than you ac­tu­ally are.

> Avoid shiny and stretchy fab­rics as they high­light and cling to bulges you do not want to draw at­ten­tion to.

> Black is al­ways a safe colour be­cause it hides a mul­ti­tude of flaws, but do not end up with a drab wardrobe. Choose colours that com­ple­ment your skin tone and make you look more vi­brant. But be care­ful not to go over­board in mix­ing and match­ing colours.

> Fussy fab­rics tend to make plus- size women look even big­ger. Keep away from big, bold prints and fussy de­sign de­tails like frills and hor­i­zon­tal stripes.

> Stick to clean, clas­sic de­signs. Wear­ing tops and bot­toms in monochro­matic shades help cre­ate an over­all im­pres­sion of length and make you look taller and slim­mer.

Dresses with high em­pire waist­lines may help hide a flabby tummy or broad hip but if the cut is not right, you could keep peo­ple guess­ing if you are an ex­pec­tant mum or not. It is much safer to stick to smartly tai­lored suits.

> If you are pear- shaped, wear softly pleated or flat- front trousers that em­pha­sise your well- de­fined waist. Hip­ster trousers and A- line skirts can cre­ate a slim­mer sil­hou­ette. Avoid short, tight skirts and flared skirts with pleats which ac­cen­tu­ate the tops of your thighs and di­vert at­ten­tion to the tummy.

> Tops should have at­trac­tive neck­lines that draw the eye to your up­per body. They should be fit­ted and fall just above your hips so that your waist­line is em­pha­sised. – The Straits Times / Asia News Net­work

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