Dress the Way a Celeb Dresses!
I have this fun pastime (obsession? compulsion?) I indulge in whenever I am somewhere people gather, be it a party, a restaurant, or the office. I call it the “great and secret clothes switch”. Here’s how it works: in my mind I gather all the women I see into a room. I line them up so I can examine them properly, and once I have a good feel for the situation, I make them all switch clothes with one another. No, I am not some kind of creepy voyeur; I just cannot stand it when a woman is dressed in an outfit that is totally wrong for her body.
It seems that even in this day and age of free-flowing information some women have just not got the memo regarding of dressing with their body type in mind. You don’t have to give up your comfort or your unique style. You simply must follow a few easy rules to make sure your outfit flatters your body and helps you to dress the way a celeb dresses.
How to properly dress your figure, simplified by Lipstick Boutique.
If you are pear-shaped:
• Wear a single dark color from head to toe to make you look slimmer.
• Try wearing an intricate or wide neckline (this Jess Wright dress nails it!), sleeveless or shoulder-baring shirts and tops with beautiful patterns or colors. These choices help to draw the eyes upward and away from your “problem” area.
• Avoid anything that is clingy and keep in mind that the optimum length of dresses and skirts is right at your knee.
• Low-rise trousers are your most flattering choice. However, pear-shaped girls must absolutely avoid trousers with side pockets which only emphasize the hips. Wide or boot cut trousers draw the eye away from larger hips.
If you have a narrow figure (no curves):
• Spaghetti straps and bare shoulders draw the eye upward.
• Babydoll type dresses with ruffles and details around the bust line are perfect for your figure.
• Waist-defining clothing and accessories such as belts and sashes work best for you by giving the illusion of curves.
• You can experiment with bright colors and patterns to give you more presence.
If you are short:
• Number one rule: stay away from cropped tops and t-shirts, any vertical break along your body will make you seem shorter. Try a slim fitting jumpsuit for a long, lean look.
• Stay away from voluminous or very floaty dresses and tops that can overwhelm your frame
• Skirts that hit above the knee or a little higher look great on petite women.
• Stick to straight leg (never boot cut or flared!) trousers.
• Wear pumps or flats with a deep vamp in a nude tone to elongate the leg. Never wear ankle straps!
If you are curvy:
• Wear clothes that fit properly. We cannot stress this enough! You may think oversized clothes are camouflage but they only add bulk and make you look larger.
• Look for tops and blouses that have detailed and intricate necklines to bring the eye to your face.
• Contrary to the old wives’ tale, you can wear patterns, as long as they match your body size. Vertical stripes are great as they make the eye look up and down.
• Monotone outfits elongate the body. Choose materials that have some give and stretch for a good fit.
• Find the smallest part of your waist (usually just below your bust) and accentuate this area with a belt. Or find a dress that creates the illusion of a cinched waist.
Now I’ve just now realised if all of you follow my advice, I will have to find myself a new pastime!