Pick­ing out­fits that suit you best

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Women’s World -

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 like the up­per arms, belly, hip, thighs and bot­toms.

The key to look­ing good in what­ever 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 will high­light and cling to bulges you don’t wish to draw at­ten­tion to.

– Black is al­ways a safe colour be­cause it hides a mul­ti­tude of flaws, but don’t end up with a drab wardrobe like Mor­ti­cia Ad­dams’. 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. If you don’t want to ap­pear even larger, 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 will help cre­ate an over­all im­pres­sion of length, and thus make you ap­pear 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’re an ex­pec­tant mum or not. It’s much safer to stick to smartly tai­lored suits in­stead.

– If you’re 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 as th­ese will ac­cen­tu­ate the tops of your thighs and di­vert at­ten­tion to the tummy area.

– 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. If you have thick and jig­gly up­per arms, avoid sleeve­less tops.

Hav­ing a wardrobe full of cloth­ing won’t make you a fash­ion­ista. If you want to pro­ject a stylish image, junk ill-fit­ting out­fits and start hit­ting the malls to find threads that’ll show off your fig­ure more at­trac­tively. — The Straits Times / Asia News Net­work

The key to look­ing good in what­ever we wear is to learn how to select out­fits that cam­ou­flage our body’s flaws and flat­ter us best.

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