Want longer legs, a tinier waist, a slimmer silhouette to show off spring's new fashions? Just fake it. Start with any of these 10 tips to create the most flattering self ever.
1. Give 'em the bold shoulder. A dress or top with an asymmetric or off the shoulder neckline puts the focus squarely up top. It is an appealing way to draw attention to an area that virtually no woman considers a problem- the shoulders.
2. Choose a tummy concealing tunic. This loose, flowy top is back, trendier (and prettier) than ever. The tunic hits below the hip and covers up not only your stomach but also your behind.
3. Avoid wearing anything shiny, heavily textured, or super bright on areas of your body you wish appeared smaller; it will have the opposite effect.
4. A pretty, all over pattern can do far more for your figure than a simple solid. It creates an optical illusion, disguising unwanted bumps and lumps by keeping the eye moving.
5. Achieve a lean look in a long skirt. Hemlines that hit just below the knee will flatter the calf (and conceal thick thighs). A full, ladylike silhouette with a defined waist will channel grace rather than girth.
6. A word to the wise - wear your size, not the size you wish you were ( or swear you will be soon.) Garments that are too small are the leading cause of muffin tops. They can actually make you look larger.
7. Know which waistline works for you. It's all about proportion: If you'd like to stretch out your torso, pick a pair of low - slug trousers. High - waist pants seem to lengthen the legs.
8. A monochromatic palette stretches your silhouette. Wear a single color head to toe to appear taller. You'll create a long, unbroken line from your heels to your head, giving the appearance of a few extra inches.
9. If you love your legs, be a show - off and go short. The spring runways were packed with minis. Play up your best feature and cover the rest.
10. Use strategic layering to camouflage problem areas in your upper half. Incorporate jackets, cardigans, vests or scarves into your total look. Use caution with add ons below the waist. They'll break up lines, making your legs seem shorter.
These are only a few of the tricks you can use to flatter your figure. With a little experimentation and wardrobe adjustment you can truly look amazing!
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