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How to make your waist look smaller

May 12, 2010

Even if you don’t have the waist of Scarlett O’Hara with a little bit of fashion ingenuity, you can make the waist you have look smaller.

The waistline is one of the more difficult areas to alter through exercise and diet.In fact, exercises targeting the waistline can actually increase its size if done incorrectly by building up the lateral muscles of the abdomen.

The best strategy to give your waist the appearance of being smaller than it actually is to dress correctly. Here’s how to make your waist look smaller

  1. Emphasize Your Shoulders.This is one of the quickest ways to give the illusion of a smaller waistline. Look for tops that have stronger shoulders with small shoulder pads to give added width in the shoulder region. Don’t overdo the shoulder pad concept if you don’t want to look like a football player. Use scarves and dramatic jewellery to draw the eyes upwards toward your shoulders and away from your waistline. These accessories will further define the shoulder area giving the illusion of an hour glass shape.
  2. Step 2 Wear A Slimming Garment.

    A body shaper worn under your clothing can help to slim the waist as well as give the appearance of a flatter tummy. The body shapers of today are much more comfortable than the girdles of the past.

  3. Step 3 Wear a Belt.

    Belts, especially darker shades, tend to draw the eye inward, giving the illusion of a smaller, more defined waist. Avoid wearing light or brightly colored belts which can magnify the problem of a large waist. Instead, choose belts that fit well in shades of black and dark brown.

  4. Step 4 Wear a Full Skirt.

    Another way to hide a thick waist is to wear a long straight jacket with a shorter skirt and heels. This fashionable look draws attention away from your thick waist and emphasizes well toned legs.

    A full skirt worn with a strong shouldered top and waist clinching belt can help to give the illusion of a small waist. The width of the skirt and the emphasis on the shoulders give the appearance of an hour glass figure.

Some other ways to look instantly slimmer include:

Stand up straight. If you improve your posture, not only do you decrease visibility of the rolls in your stomach, but you also gain confidence!! Pair that with a winning smile and you’re good to go.

Choose  colors carefully. Avoid bright colors and patterns; they instantly make you look bigger than you are! Dark colors make your heavy sections look small. Are you top heavy? That means switching to dark colored tops. Also, avoid horizontal stripes; these accentuate your girth! If you are bottom heavy, go for darker pants, skirts, or jeans to slim down your bottoms and legs. Finally, avoid “baggy” clothing, and wear stuff that fits you closely.

Wear your hair and makeup in a flattering way. People will be too distracted by your beautiful face to care about everything else.

Wear clothes that are the right size. If you’re a size 20, don’t try and squeeze into a size 16. It will make you look bigger if everything bulges out. But at the same time, don’t wear clothes that swamp you – really look at your body and wear clothes that fit properly.

Emphasize the smaller part of you and camouflage your problem areas. If your waist is relatively thinner than your hips, wear form-fitting shirts and skirts that flare out. If your middle is thick and your legs are normal sized, wear looser, tunic blouses with thin, straight-legged pants. DON’T wear loose tops with loose bottoms.

Buy clothes that fit you. Whether you are a size 8 or a size 48, if you wear the wrong size clothes, you’ll end up looking bigger than you are. Wearing clothes that are too tight leads to bulges and lumps, just as choosing clothes which are too large adds to your size and makes you look bigger. Try things on before you buy them!

Choose items which skim over areas you want to disguise. For instance, if you want to make your tummy look flatter, move away from skin tight vests, and choose a flattering tunic. Instead of choosing a mini skirt, hide chunky thighs under a floaty skirt. However if you go baggy, this will also make you look larger.

Highlight your good bits. If you have a beautiful slender neck, but a bit of weight on your waistline, draw attention to your neck with an eye catching necklace, or other accessories. If you have toned arms, wear a sleeveless top to make the most of your assets

Concentrate on using clothes to direct attention away from your stomach and toward your upper body and legs. Accessorize your neckline or choose tops with patterns or embroidery above the breasts.

Choose trousers that have a narrow or tapered leg. Flat front, side and back zips will complement your figure, while pockets, pleats and tight pants will only draw attention to your mid section. Leggings and stirrup pants are great, provided they are not too tight.

Select full skirts that do not gather at the waist. Straight or slim skirts will narrow the silhouette of your lower body, creating the illusion that your overall line is slimmer.

Wear tunic-style tops and sweaters; they’re flattering, yet spacious.

Select square shape jackets as they are roomy and cover the stomach.

Look for generous sheath dresses that create a column line from your shoulders to your lower leg. This style gives the illusion that your shape is more linear.

Avoid any clothing combination that defines your waist, including any belted or drawstring looks.

How to Make Short Legs Look Longer

April 27, 2010

How to Make Short Legs Look Longer

Not every woman was born with long, model-esque legs. However, just because your legs are on the petite side doesn’t mean you can’t have legs that look long, lean and sexy.

#Step 1 – Choose pants and skirts with vertical details which will create a strong vertical line, making your legs appear longer. Some example of vertical detail include a front crease, piping, pleats, cords or a vertical row of buttons.

# Step 2 – Wear a monochromatic outfit. If you keep the same colour from head to toe, it will not only elongate the look of your body and legs, it will also make you appear thinner.

#Step 3 – Put on some high heels if you can. Even an extra inch or two will help. If you really prefer flats, go for shoes with pointy rather than round toes.

# Step 4 – Pick dark jeans that graze the floor. Paired with the shoes you choose from the previous step, your legs will instantly look longer and slimmer.

#Step 5 – Skip the popular low-rise jeans and pants. A pair of trouser with a high waist tricks the eye into believing your legs start at a higher point than they actually do.

Tips & Warnings

An assymetrical hemline (sloping)  can make your legs appear longer.

Avoid horizontal details, cropped pants, and cuffs at the bottom of your trousers, as they will actually make legs appear shorter.

Don’t wear blocks of colour.

Choose pants and jeans that are narrow and have a straight leg or boot cut style. High heels will complete the outfit and make your legs look even longer if the hem of the pants reaches mid heel.

When choosing a bathing suit or underwear, grab ones that have high cut legs- that will make them look longer.

Shorts should be fairly short. The more skin showing, the better.

Add colors that look good on your skin.

What about skirts? To add length choose:

* Mini skirts

* Long skirts with high heels

* A line skirts just below your knees paired up with nice heels.

Avoid:

# Mid calf and low waist skirts

What swimwear suits your body shape

November 28, 2009

In the Southern hemisphere summer is looming large. This is great news on so many different levels. But for some, the thought of revealing their bodies in all their glory can make them break into a sweat.

 

Here are a few tips to help you choose swimwear that will best suit your body shape:

You’re pear-shaped if:
Your hips are larger than your chest and you have voluptuous curves, especially from the waist down.

Swimwear that will suit you
Your body shape is easier to find flattering swimwear for than you’d think. Go for classy cuts, but nothing too girly.

Your body is womanhood personified: show it off, but do it elegantly! A shorts-style low-waisted bikini teamed with a balcony bra top will do wonders.

If youd prefer to wear a one-piece, go for low necklines in one colour or discreet prints so you don’t weigh your figure down too much.

Simplicity is the key, but matching colours, braids and ribbon detailing are all good choices.

 

Swimwear for curvy girls

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 Every year I vow to update my swimwear. But faced with a pile of swimsuits and bikinis that are either too big, too small, too dull or too showy, I feel overwhelmed by the amount of choice and give up. So, this year I am throwing away all my existing swimwear and I am starting from scratch determined to find the perfect fitting swimwear for every occasion. How do I do that? First of all if you are planning to do the same you should start having a good look in the mirror. This might seem obvious but lets face it… when was the last time that you looked at yourself naked with a critical eye in a full length mirror?

Looking at yourself from different angles will help you decide what do you want to cover and what do you want to show off. Do not worry, all of us have something that we are not happy with. Even the supermodels have areas which they are not proud off! Quite often, we overlook the fact that we might have great legs, or a generous bust that enhances our figure.

For me, the areas I want to deemphasise are my hips, bum and lower thighs. The ol’ tummy is not as flat as it used to be either. But I do I have great, long legs, slim arms and great breasts.

Look at yourself carefully, not just at your “embarrassing” areas, but also at the areas you can show off proudly. That is, find your body  shape and work with it to its best advantage.

 

 

The hot new tankini of the season for a sophisticated and sexy look. The v-neck top with soft bra cup enhances your bust with a shirred band below the chest that adds a detail to the suit that slims the waist. The brief is a solid color.
The hot new tankini of the season for a sophisticated and sexy look. The v-neck top with soft bra cup enhances your bust with a shirred band below the chest that adds a detail to the suit that slims the waist. The brief is a solid color.
Slimming princess seams and back support for this swimsuit from  onehanesplace.com
Slimming princess seams and back support for this swimsuit from onehanesplace.com
Princess Seam Swimsuit (Plus)-


If you have large hips

If you have large hips and want to conceal them, try a minimiser swimsuit or a tankini that skips over your hips. There are also some fantastic skirts that match your bikinis. Look at slimming dark plain colours and bottoms that fit you snugly.

A style between a hipster and a high waist is best for curvaceous hips. Avoid shorts, they will only make you look larger… even if they are black! Enhance your bust with frills and brighter colours to offset your wider bottom half.

 

Apple shaped girls

If your waist is larger than your shoulders and hips, you should look for swimsuits which emphasize your top area or special necklines such as a halter-top or V-neck to draw the eye upwards and away from your waist.

Princess seaming down the front of the suit and creative accents at the waistline, will create a visual waist. V-necks will slenderize your face and minimize your waist area.

Materials:

Look for high lycra content, which really helps hold in your stomach. Try to find a “girdle type” hold. Super stretch fabrics will help with the tummy control. Before you leave the shop, make sure that your new swimsuit or bikini is not see-through. Some materials became very thin when wet and not only show off nipples but also scars.

Colours:

Most women who want to conceal their curves tend to wear black. But remember that black can look very harsh in white pale people. Darker colours have an instant slimming effect, and this is true also for solid dark colours such as brown, dark blue, deep purple and dark reds.

You can use colour to create shape. For example, a black swimsuit with an hourglass shape leopard pattern at the front, will create the illusion of an hourglass shape!

 

Swimwear for curvy girls

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Looking forwards to the summer holidays? I am already taking advantage of every little ray of sunshine popping through the sky to get a bit of colour before the full summer season is here. Like every year I am faced with a pile of swimsuits and bikinis that are either too big, too small, too dull or too showy. So, this year I am throwing away all my existing swimwear and I am starting from scratch determined to find the perfect fitting swimwear for every occasion. How do I do that? First of all if you are planning to do the same you should start having a good look in the mirror. This might seem obvious but lets face it… when was the last time that you looked at yourself naked with a critical eye in a full length mirror?

Looking at yourself from different angles will help you decide what do you want to cover and what do you want to show off. Do not worry, all of us have something that we are not happy with. Even the supermodels have areas which they are not proud off! Quite often, we overlook the fact that we might have great legs, or a generous bust that enhances our figure.

Look at yourself carefully, not just at your “embarrassing” areas, but also at the areas you can show off proudly. That is, find your body shape and work with it to its best advantage.

 

 

 

 

The hot new tankini of the season for a sophisticated and sexy look. The v-neck top with soft bra cup enhances your bust with a shirred band below the chest that adds a detail to the suit that slims the waist. The brief is a solid color.
The hot new tankini of the season for a sophisticated and sexy look. The v-neck top with soft bra cup enhances your bust with a shirred band below the chest that adds a detail to the suit that slims the waist. The brief is a solid color.
Slimming princess seams and back support for this swimsuit from  onehanesplace.com
Slimming princess seams and back support for this swimsuit from onehanesplace.com
Princess Seam Swimsuit (Plus)-

Do not miss One Hanes Place sale for curvy girls for the best slimming swimsuits.

Swimwear Sale at One Hanes Place! Save 25%!

If you have large hips

If you have large hips and want to conceal them, try a minimiser swimsuit or a tankini that skips over your hips. There are also some fantastic skirts that match your bikinis. Look at slimming dark plain colours and bottoms that fit you snugly.

A style between a hipster and a high waist is best for curvaceous hips. Avoid shorts, they will only make you look larger… even if they are black! Enhance your bust with frills and brighter colours to offset your wider bottom half.

 

Apple shaped girls

If your waist is larger than your shoulders and hips, you should look for swimsuits which emphasize your top area or special necklines such as a halter-top or V-neck to draw the eye upwards and away from your waist.

Princess seaming down the front of the suit and creative accents at the waistline, will create a visual waist. V-necks will slenderize your face and minimize your waist area.

Materials:

Look for high lycra content, which really helps hold in your stomach. Try to find a “girdle type” hold. Super stretch fabrics will help with the tummy control. Before you leave the shop, make sure that your new swimsuit or bikini is not see-through. Some materials became very thin when wet and not only show off nipples but also scars.

Colours:

Most women who want to conceal their curves tend to wear black. But remember that black can look very harsh in white pale people. Darker colours have an instant slimming effect, and this is true also for solid dark colours such as brown, dark blue, deep purple and dark reds.

You can use colour to create shape. For example, a black swimsuit with an hourglass shape leopard pattern at the front, will create the illusion of an hourglass shape!

 

 

 

 

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Lenny Swimwear for 2008 is modern, clean and sleek. This beautiful, halter-style maillot is no exception. Done in a rich green, with soft ruching to create a slim waist, and sliding ring and stone detail to accentuate the bustline.
Lenny Swimwear for 2008 is modern, clean and sleek. This beautiful, halter-style maillot is no exception. Done in a rich green, with soft ruching to create a slim waist, and sliding ring and stone detail to accentuate the bustline.
This suit was featured in the May 2008 issue of Glamour Magazine. Sophisticated, sexy and slenderizing one piece wrap front swim suit by Always For Me. This flattering suit has complete powernet lining for tummy and waist control.
This suit was featured in the May 2008 issue of Glamour Magazine. Sophisticated, sexy and slenderizing one piece wrap front swim suit by Always For Me. This flattering suit has complete powernet lining for tummy and waist control.

Choosing the perfect swimwear for your body type can fill you with confidence and enhance your whole vacation experience. After all, who wants to wear a bikini that looks great when you are lying down but you need to be in a constant “sucking air” position when you stand up?

The most important thing when choosing your swimwear should be to feel comfortable in it. Stop worrying about your shape while you are at the beach or swimming pool. Look for styles that suit your figure, not just whatever is fashionable. Do all the homework when you are buying your swimwear so you can relax and enjoy yourself when you are wearing it. Always try things on before buying. Wear it, stretch it, lift your arms, squat, sit and see how the suit holds up. Remember that you want to avoid showing too much bottom when you squat, or the odd boob popping out during a volleyball match, or your bikini bottoms becoming untied in a wild sea!

That brings me to next point in choosing your swimwear. Keep in mind what are you going to do with it. I mean, are you the type that spends the day swimming? Do you enjoy water sports? Then a one piece might be a wise choice. If you go to the beach with small children you will be doing lots of squatting so if you want to wear a bikini, a high waist bottom would be more comfortable and would avoid embarrassing situations. Remember not to wear tie-on swimwear if you have young children… they always find a way to untie your swimwear and expose your assets to the world. On the other hand, if you are the lazy type -like me- that just likes to tan while beautifying the beach… a small bikini is your best bet.

Do not buy a bikini thinking that it will look better once you have lost those extra inches. We never do and end up with a bikini too small for our size. The best thing is to be realistic about your body and accept it the way it is.

 

 

 

How to look good in a bikini?

First of all, draw attention from your trouble areas, which for most women are the tummy and hips. Enhance your breasts and this will take the attention away from hips and waist line. Look for styles that are cut higher on the leg. Halter-top styles look good on large busts and provide the necessary support. Tankinis work wonders on covering tummies, and boy-cut shorts and skirts can hide less than perfect thighs.

Swimwear to enhance a small bust

If you are pear-shaped, you might benefit from wearing moulded cups as opposed to flattening ones. You might even try additional padding to even your shape and give an illusion of an hour glass silhouette. Look for horizontal striping or printed details at the bust line

 

 

 Feel like a true star in this 50s inspired polka dot bikini with gingham trim. Sizes start with a D cup.
Feel like a true star in this 50s inspired polka dot bikini with gingham trim. Sizes start with a D cup.

Swimwear to support a curvaceous bust:

A curvaceous or large bust can be difficult to manage in a bikini unless you wear the right support to make it look stunning. If you wear a C cup or up, you might want to consider extra bust support: with proper bra cup sizes that fit well. Also halter type tops give excellent support.

Remember: Look for full bra cups Additional elastic band support all the way around the suit, concealed underwire support and adjustable secure thick straps rather than string ties, which are less secure.

Also helps to get more coverage at the armhole. Look for special contoured bras and flattering necklines. Choose solid colours for a more slimming effect.

If you have an ample breast and a small bottom, try flashier and brighter bikini bottoms than your top to give the illusion of an hourglass figure.

 

 

With a belt and a zip so you can decide yourself how much do you want to show!  From La Redoute, France in sizes 42 to 58.
With a belt and a zip so you can decide yourself how much do you want to show! From La Redoute, France in sizes 42 to 58.
Also from La Redoute in sizes 42 to 58 

 Other links that you may find interesting

Tyra Banks – re style and pose 

http://hubpages.com/hub/Curvy–or–fat-

 Source: http://hubpages.com/hub/Swimwear-for-curvy-girls


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