With Spring and Summer season upon us, most of us are likely in the mode of getting our bodies “beach bod ready”, whatever that means. Whether you’re going to the beach or not, most of us are likely feeling the pressure to get into shape or at the very least look our best for the Spring and Summer, as that is when it’s warmer outside and thus more of our bodies are showing. However, before you go on a crazy diet or take drastic measures to lose weight as quickly as possible, it is important to note that you’re beautiful as you are and likely don’t have to lose a single pound in order to look good the next few months! Got that?
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can still do something to get ready for these warmer months simply by turning our focus to our closets! Even if your body isn’t 100% bikini ready, there are some styles of clothing you can wear that will flatter your shape and size best, and make you look and feel like a million bucks. Here are a few Fashion Do’s and Don’ts to make you look great this Summer:
With so many styles of jeans to choose from, finding one pair that fits you can be tricky…unless you know what to look for. If you have stubborn tummy fat, especially in the lower region of your stomach, then your best bet would be to go for mid-rise jeans, as they conceal and fit around that area well. Avoid low rise jeans as those will just accentuate the little pooch at the bottom of your tummy.
Skinny jeans look great on models… but for us real world folk, it’s not such a great look usually. However, a straight leg or boot cut jean usually does wonders. If you’ve got slightly bigger thighs or calves then it will help balance out your leg shape and actually make you appear slimmer and better proportioned.
One last tip… with jeans or pant bottoms, you are better off going darker if you want to appear slimmer. While red or pink or bright blue jeans may look cute on the shelf, they’ll likely draw attention to your bottom half and may even make you appear slightly bigger than you are. Your best bet is to go bright on top and darker on bottom.
Skirts & Dresses
If you want to elongate your shape, then you probably won’t want wear a skirt longer than knee length. More often than not, poofy skirts and ones which cut off at the calves are also likely to make you look not only shorter but also slightly stumpy unless you are a Giselle of a woman and 6 feet tall. If you are bigger on the bottom…then you will be better off avoiding A-line skirts and opting for something slightly more form fitting. A universal favorite is the knee length pencil skirt, as it tends to flatter most women and looks effortlessly put together. Maxi skirts (in a single bold color) with a fitted top can also make you appear slimmer and taller.
If you’ve got a larger chest area, avoid boxy over-sized tops, as they make you look bigger than you are since the shirt will hang off your chest region and blow outwards disguising your waist and shape. Instead, opt for simple and classic tops such as a button up shirt, scoop neck or a basic a form fitting shirt which goes in at your waist. If you’re larger in the chest area and really looking for inspiration, try looking up one of my personal favorites…Sofia Vergara, she’s usually well dressed and knows how to accentuate her best features effortlessly!
If you have a short torso and want to elongate it, then a V-neck or an exposed neckline would work for you. One thing you should avoid is tucking your shirts in if you have a short torso, as it’ll make it appear even smaller.
If you’re wearing heels, you would be better off trying to wear a shoe which has a low-cut (short) vamp…in other words, the space between your ankles and toes is more open, as it elongates the leg and makes you appear slimmer and taller. Shoes which close off at the ankle or even higher up can make your legs appear shorter, on the contrary, and that isn’t always the most flattering look…on shorter women it can also look almost stumpy, again, so it’s better to be avoided if you’re trying to channel your inner supermodel.
Belts are always in! To appear slimmer you can actually cinch your waist with a skinny belt, to help define your waist and appear slimmer. However the key here is to use a skinny belt, as a thick belt can cut you off (basically in half) and thus make you appear shorter and stumpy.