So next time you’re heading out, think twice before you squeeze yourself into the latest fashions – you have to look good in your own body, not someone else’s!
Here are our top 5 tips to comfortably cover up your wobbly bits…
Tip #1: Accessorize
Accessories are your best friend! They draw the eye away from areas we are uncomfortable with and help us look chic as well as give us an opportunity to put our personality on public show.
Accessories can extend to jewellery as well as simple things like flowers in the hair… create a look that gives you confidence. Girl power and all that!
Tip #2: Be Black
I can’t sing the praises of black loud enough. The colour is slimming, forgiving, hides wrinkles pretty well, matches everything and doesn‘t accentuate stains. I know what you’re thinking – who wears black in the summer or spring? But honestly, a sleek black shirt only lets those springtime yellows in your scarf pop out even more.
Black is a lovely backdrop for long, graceful earrings or a large necklace. It’s a mysterious, creative colour which lends itself easily to a wide variety of different stylings and re-uses.
Tip #3: Be Careful of Patterns and Stripes
I hate horizontal stripes, and I mean hate. Vertical stripes elongate the body, taking the eye up or down (to some great shoes to complete the wardrobe). Horizontal stripes do the complete opposite, and furthermore are reminiscent of a prison inmate.
Rule of thumb: if you’re doing stripes, do them vertically. If you’re doing floral or other prints, they’re best when stretched out vertically.
Tip #4: Don’t Underestimate Scarves
I love scarves in the wintertime especially, but they also serve the invaluable purpose of being a cover-up! They can be draped at an angle across the shoulders, casually thrown around the neck or wrapped around the shoulders to create the illusion of larger shoulders to balance out a pear-shaped body.
Tip #5: Trick the Eye
Give people something to look at – for example, a low-cut neckline exudes elegance and, if there’s nothing underneath it, also exudes „Yes, I’m single!“. But don’t go tipping your entire hand straight away. If you wear a dress with a low-cut neckline, then accentuate that with long sleeves, or at least a full length if it’s a sleeveless dress (and I wouldn’t recommend sleeveless if you have plump arms like myself!).
Showing some skin is certainly good, but showing everything at once makes you look unsophisticated and stylishly incompetent. Remember: a little something hidden means a little something to be discovered later!