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So, you do not have a perfect figure?
And, who really does?
No matter what dress or shirt size or how much you weigh, magazines and celebrities’ bodies are hard to come by, PART 2 writes SUSANA TUYA, Director of LA’QUA IMAGE style & image consultants.
As previously discussed not many of us wake up in the morning and say, “I want to look fat today!”
In our previous article we covered the first five general tricks and tips for dressing thinner for men & women.
1) Accentuate the positives:- What ‘your’ positive assets? Work them and dress to maximise them.
2) Inject colour in your life:- Make yourself look in seconds. Do you know ‘your’ complimentary colours?
3) Stay away from ill-fitted clothing:- Common mistake with ill-fitted clothing. Be brutal and always buy clothes that are made for ‘your’ perfect fit.
4) Learn the art of optical illusion:- Remember your H & V’s. Horizontal widens and Vertical lengthens. Have you mastered this art?
5) Flex, point & stretch your body. Make sure that pants cover your shoes and wear high pointed heels for the long-legged look. Remember Horizontals widen so rounded toe shoes create a shorter legged look.
6) Go monochrome
Monochoromatic dressing is dressing the same colour from heat to toe. Not only this delivers and very stylish look but it also creates an illusion of appear taller and slimmer. Once you know ‘your’ complimentary colours you have the confidence to dress the monochromatic way without the tendancy to reach for black items.
For the ladies this look is so elegant. Remember wear colour breaks it creates a focus so if you have a white top which finishes at the hip area and blue trousers the focus will be where they both meet.
7) Watch your back .. pockets
In fact watch any details that sits on those areas we do not wish to attract attention to. VERY IMPORTANT. Take into account both where the pockets are placed and the
size of them. Avoid tiny pockets; they will create an oversized look (larger pockets will make your bottom appear smaller). Pockets that are located lower on the trousers or skirts will give the illusion of your bottom looking higher.
FOR THE GENTLEMEN: The large, wide and hanging low back pockets can make you are hidden a shopping board in your pants. Trust me, ladies like to see some definition.
8) Layer me
When ever you wear a third layer either a singlet, vest, jacket or a sweater over your blouse or shirt, you are creating an opportunity to appear slimmer. However, this piece has to fit well and not add bulk or skins to the body. Our cuddly handles can be minimized and be less apparent when we add a singlet under a blouse or a t-shirt under a jacket or sweater; and if you leave it unbuttoned it can create a slimming vertical line at the centre of your torso.
This technique can be used for any season. For summer invest in a variety of your singlets in your complimentary colours. But also, become aware of their necklines. If you have a round face, round necks can give you a fuller face illusion against a v-neck (there goes the veritical principal again).
FOR THE GENTLEMEN: Nothing is sexier than a man who wears shirts under v-neck knit. Also use a t-shirt as a sking layer for under your shirt. For business you may want to avoid showing the neck of this t-shirt so opt for a v-neck.
9) Not too large or too bold
Remember to always dress in proportion to your size and beware of large, bold, widely spaced patterns. Against, small to medium, complex or busy prints confuse the ey making them excellent for camouflaging figure problems.
With fabrics the crisp or bulky fabrics drape and hugs, us poorly over our figure and can create volume, so avoid this in your larger areas. Very shiny fabrics will definitely attract the eye and create an illusion of greater volume. So, if you have the choice to buy a shiny fabric skirt/trouser or matt one, the matt one will detract the most attention.
If you wish to glam an outfit, use accessories to glitz your outfit.
FOR THE GENTLEMEN: Become a bit more conscious of the textures and patterns of your shirts. Men tend to buy checked shirts, so the very checks will create a wider illusions against the smaller ones.
10) Focus the attention with your accessories
You can CPR any wardrobe with the use of accessories. We recommend our clients to invest a minimum 30% of their wardrobe budget in accessories (jewerely, shoes, handbags, scarves, belts, a variety of layering tops and undergarments) Not only do we know that we can turn any Plain-Jane outfit and triple its value and become a Charlize Theron one. But, becareful on where its projects its focus and its scale (like prints & patterns). Going back to attracting your positives and learning to camouflafe the negatives. Choose carefully which areas you wish to attract the attention to use. Learn to use accessories to your advantage and you will have mastered the final dress slim strategy.
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