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  • Dressing to Hide Flaws

    13 posts, 9 voices, 3579 views, started Sep 30, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 by Amethyst

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    • Amethyst
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      What are your personal tricks to hide the parts of your body you do not care for? I will share mine with you.

      I have a belly. Ok, it’s not huge but it’s enough that sometimes I look pregnant and I’m not. I never had kids. If you had kids, that’s a different story. Doesn’t mean you like it but you’ve got a good excuse. I don’t know how some women (like Brooke Burke) who’s had kids look like she never did, and yet someone like me who NEVER had kids, looks like I did. I saw her on “Dancing with the Stars” on TV last night and I am amazed at her figure.

      Anyway, here are my tricks:

      I like tunic tops. The trick is to not buy them so billowy that you look like you are hiding something. With tunics, you can get away with buying a size smaller because they are cut loose. At least I find this true in my case. Tunic tops or tunic sweaters hide my belly and my midriff.  

      No belts. I know some magazines say belts define a waist but I don’t want my waist defined because it’s not small enough to warrant defining! So, if I am wearing a dress, it’s a straight shaped one, or a trapeze-style (again, not too billowy). I will not wear a belt with a dress. I will not wear a cardigan with a belt.

      Yoga pants are my best friend. I find that it’s worth it to spend more money on a higher quality yoga pants because you can wear them with dressier items if you do it right. I have gotten away with wearing yoga pants in a good quality material in black with a black tunic sweater and an eye-catching necklace to work. It was also the best outfit to wear especially on a rainy day because I didn’t end up ruining my trouser pants, which need to be drycleaned and can shrink. Yoga pants go in the washing machine!  

      Bright cardigan sweaters are a godsend. I have a few by J.Crew in a summer weight and winter weight and if it’s too hot, I wear a tank underneath them.  In the winter, you can layer according to your temps. Cardigans can be buttoned partially, all the way, or left open. It’s up to you and how you feel. I love my cardigans. And, they go with everything!

      Those are just a few of my tricks but I’ll add more. What are your fashion tricks for hiding your flaw?



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          Tori Santos wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • I can’t believe I am saying this in my younger days I might find this even more uhhhhh, Norma Kamalie has begun designing for Walmart her pieces are very comfortable looking. My big problem is I wear a huge back brace to help support my lower back, it has now become the joke that its my sexy girdle



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • I love your idea of cardigan sweaters with a tank underneath. Right now I’m having a struggle defining my style. Nothing looks good on me like it used to. I’m in a major transition.

          I put a blouse on the other day, it wasn’t fitted at the waist so I thought it would work. When I looked in the mirror I was horrified. I have a fairly large chest and it made the blouse stick out over my waist like a maternity top! I looked stupid. So, I did my hormonal reaction, started crying, put my shorts and tank back on and stayed in the house all day.



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          Cheryl Guy wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • chocolatier- I have the same problem! God forgot to put my butt on me and he endowed me with large boobs instead. Some tops look like maternity tops on me because my boobs push them out so far! I think we need to start looking at this in a different direction. Instead of getting depressed, we need to hold our heads up high, stick our chests out, and be proud of our boobies!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • I had a friend in high school who’s mom used to stick her chest out proudly and shout “knockers up”



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          Ms-kay wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Posture
          Some women suffer from a protruding tummy due to poor posture. This is actually more common than you might think. Even if your large stomach is due to excess fat accumulation, it can be helped by improvement in your posture. Make it a point to be aware of how you‘re standing. Learn to throw your shoulders back and pull your abdominal muscles in when you stand and walk. At first this may seem difficult, but over time it’ll become second nature if you practice it regularly.

          What to Wear
          A wrap dress can be quite flattering if you‘re sporting a little too much tummy as can an empire style dress with a high waist. Not only will this style help to disguise a plump stomach, it’ll add the illusion of length which will make you appear taller and thinner. Another way to disguise a tummy is to wear a blouse or shirt with a scalloped or fringe edge which hangs down below your tummy.

          Another strategy is to highlight one of your better figure features. Do you have great legs? Emphasize your legs with a shorter skirt and high heels. If you‘re showing off a dynamite pair of legs, it’s almost guaranteed that no one will notice your less than perfect stomach.



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          Amethyst wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • I am very happy to find that I am not the only one here. I too, have the genes of a pancake butt and excess boobage. People tell me to be grateful because there are women out there getting implants who wish they had what I did but you know what? I don’t feel blessed. I have the same clothing problems as you ladies. I put on certain tops and I look pregnant. I get depressed and want to stay home all day. But, you know what? There are people who look worse out there. Its time we find a solution.

          I hate the humidity and when its very hot outside I really want to wear a tank top and shorts but I don’t feel comfortable doing that because of my chest. Well, thank goodness this past summer, I found some loose tops at Old Navy and NY & Co. stores that were tank tops but not the wifebeater kind. I think you just have to have time and patience and SCOUR the stores for it and try on endless tops until you find what works. I hate it, but that’s what I have to do.

          I have to dress up for work and this summer it was SO darn hot in NYC. I got thru the summer in cardigan sets! Some matched and some unmatched. I would wear a Walmart or Target tank top underneath a VERY lightweight cotton cardigan and throw a necklace in my purse and once I got to the air conditioned office, I put on the necklace and that dressed it up more. I’m not menopausal yet but I am hot all the time! There’s nothing worse than being in corporate-y clothes with a river of sweat pouring down your back on your commute to work!



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          Cheryl Guy wrote Oct 2, 2008
        • Amethyst- I do the same thing! I live in Phoenix where is it SCORCHING hot in the summer but it is freezing at my work (plus dress code) so I wear a tank & then put a cardigan on top when I get to work. I am very lucky that I have a friend who was a shop-a-holic and she gave me around 10 cardigans a few years back just because she hardly ever wore them. Well I sure put them to good use!



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          Almostfive0 wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • amethyst—-I love yoga pants. As you said they can be dressed up with the right top and some jewelry especially black ones.

          Ms. Kay—- is spot on with the posture thing...you can look like you’ve knocked a few lbs. off just by standing up straight and holding your shoulder back.  

          Chocolatier, luvin40 and teeky3...I definitely am not endowed in the boob department. My curves are in my hips and thighs. My tip for that is wearing slacks that are wider from mid thigh down and wearing a pointy toe shoe with. This gives the illusion of a longer and slimmer leg.
          My other problem is a small waistline. Not usually a problem but that with the more curvy hip makes it always hard for me to find pants that fit in the waist but will not be too small for my hips.
          I usually will have to alter the waist in pants and skirts. With dresses I have to alter the chest and sides...
          I hardly ever find anything that fits perfectly.
          Oh well,.....What er ya gonna do?



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          Stasi65 wrote Oct 14, 2008
        • What an odd age to be at. I feel like I cant dress like I want to because the clothes dont fit right or they make me look like I’m dressing too young - but it was something I’ve been doing my whole life ! Now I have to modify my wardrobe to hide some “age spots” lol. Nobody said anything about my style when I was in my 20’s or 30’s but now every one is a critic now that I’m in my 40’s.



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          Tori Santos wrote Oct 17, 2008
        • I am a high school teacher who teaches seniors and has an 18 year old daughter. If I look frumpy they let me know it. But as I have said previously, I wear a large brace right now to supprt my back, I have a big chest, wide flat but and thick leggs that also happen to be so long they leave me no waist. So, these new styles are not something I can wear, and I am to old to be frummpy!!! HELP! OH and of course w/ an 18 and a 6 year old on a teacher’s salary is a joke.



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