When you’re short and somewhat heavy, it can be discouraging.when flipping through magazines and browsing through your favorite department store, especially when you find that most of the latest fashions are for taller, slimmer figures. However, there are tips and tricks to dressing your body and making the most of what you have.
Clothing with vertical stripes, such as pants, shirts and jackets, will slim you and make you look longer, leaner and ultimately taller and slimmer.
On the flip side, horizontal stripes, which are stripes that run from side to side, create the illusion of width instead of length, which can make you look heavier and shorter instead of taller and slimmer.
Light vs. Dark
Decide whether you’re an apple or a pear. An apple-shaped woman is one who carries most of her weight on top, while a pear-shaped woman is one who carries most of her weight on the bottom.
Universally, dark colors are more slimming and usually flattering to almost all body types. However, if you want to wear light colors because you crave some variation, wear them strategically. If you’re a pear-shape, you could wear dark colors on the bottom, and light colors on top to create the illusion of a smaller bottom and larger top. If you’re an apple-shape, you could wear the opposite, which is light colors on bottom and dark colors on top to create the illusion of a more in-proportion shape.
Avoid Pleated Pants
Pleats may seem like an interested detail to jazz up what may be considered plain, run-of-the-mill pants, but pleats are also notorious for adding extra puffiness to the front, which basically is extra bulk around the lower tummy area that you don’t need.
A-Line Dresses and Skirts
Dresses and skirts cut at an A-line are universally flattered for most women. An A-line fits snugly at the smallest part of the waistline and flares out to create an hour-glass figure. Because they skim the hips, they simultaneously camouflage larger hips and thighs for pear-shaped women, but also disguise the fact that the hips and thighs may be smaller in proportion to an apple-shaped woman’s top.
If you’re a pear-shape, look for A-lines that are simple with no frills. If you’re an apple-shape, look for A-lines that have details along the sides of the skirt, such as ruffles or pockets to create the illusion of more proportion.
Tops or dresses with a V-Neck neckline are great for elongating the torso and opening up the neckline, which is more flattering than closing it completely. V-necks are also great for flattering and sometimes even minimizing a large bust.
References and ResourcesUltimate Cosmetics Fashion Tips for Women: Dress Right for Your Type
GooGoBits: How to Dress Fabulously for Plus-size Women
Marie Claire: Top 3 Summer Trends for Every Body Shape
The Chic Fashionista: Womens Plus Clothing
The Women's Forum: Plus Size Summer Dresses
Marie Claire: Plus-Size No-Nos Busted: How to Wear Tricky Looks
ResourcesMarie Claire: 5 Easy Accessories for Curvy Women
Fashion Ihub: Pick the Right Pair of Jeans
MSNBC: Spring party dresses for every body type
Lucky Magazine: Knit Dresses for Real Bodies
Marie Claire: Big Girl in a Skinny World: Everyday Chic
Lucky Magazine:Make Your Body Look Amazing