- Scoop neck or deep V neck fitted tops
- Wraparound tops to accentuate your waist
- Pencil, bias cut or full skirts
- Shaped, wrap or bias cut shift dress
- Flat fronted trousers with side zips
- Tailored shirts, jackets and coats that nip in at the waist
- As always — good fitting underwear
- Belts that cinch you in at the waist
- Elegant high heels
- Straight tunics or skirts — these will hide your curves
- High or polo necks can make your torso appear shorter
- Smocks make you bigger than you are
But what if you love smocks, or straight skirts or heavy stiff materials (*snicker*).
I'm all for fashion tips and advice, but I don't really appreciate being dictated too.
Some of the other 'shapes' even get advice about what jewellery and bags to have or not have. Feeling a bit left out on that front, how will I ever know if my earrings are a Get it or Forget it? I wonder if I can send it a photo for individual advice??? What about shoes or my watch? Is my watch making me look fat, or could it just be my size 26 arse that's doing that?
I think what they are trying to say is certain things will be more or less flattering on some body types. But that isn't really the point of fashion is it? If we all really worried about what made us look thinner or was more flattering for our bodies (regardless of size btw) we would all be wearing black bags with a permanently black background behind us.
For me the point of clothes is to make us feel GOOD. Not necessarily thinner, or with bigger boobs and a smaller tummy but just GOOD.
I reckon clothes tend to fall into any of four categories.
1. Considered unflattering and you don't feel good wearing them.
2. Considered flattering and you don't feel good wearing them.
3. Considered unflattering and you feel good wearing them.
4. Considered flattering and you feel good wearing them.
So, which is the most important?
For me it's how I feel. So 1 is definitely a no-go, but so is 2. It can make me look as thin as it wants, but if I feel old, boring and like it's just not me I'm not going to wear it (I'm talking to you wrap dresses!).
3 and 4 are goers. And I don't think one is more important than the other. Flattering is all in the eye of the beholder. Who says I want my thighs to look thinner anyway? Or my boobs to look smaller? I happen to like my puppies and my thighs do sterling work at carrying my bum around thanks very much.
Ever been wearing something and someone has told you how good you look and you just look at them like they're made. That's something flattering but not you.
Here are somethings that are making my heart go all aflutter, and yes, they are all dresses, and trousers are probably more flattering on me BUT I DON'T CARE because dresses make me feel girly and more styly.