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The "Skinny"- How To Dress To Look Our Best!

Updated on December 15, 2011

Tips and Tricks

It doesn't matter if you are a size 0 or a size 20, if you wear the wrong size or style of clothes for your body type you are going to look bigger than you really are. You may trick yourself into feeling "skinny" by going down a size but the lumps and bulges the wrong size creates isn't fooling anyone. On the contrary, going up a size is going to make you look frumpy and heavier than you really are. It's all about the correct size and the right "fit" for you body type. We need to accept that there are certain styles we cant wear if we a have a particular body shape. For example, I am typically a size 2-4, very petite (only 5' 1). I love skinny jeans, but I cant wear them! I have short legs and curvy hips, skinny jeans add about 10lbs and look absolutely ridiculous on my body type. Same goes for leggings (that one really depresses me) but I have to respect my shape and dress her accordingly. Below are some other things we can do to appear smaller and better put together.

Fashion Tips For Any Size

Bra Size- Lets start with the very basics. Having the correct bra size is essential for looking slimmer and better proportioned. It can prevent sagging, bulging and even hunched shoulders. Larger breasted women can benefit from a "shelf" bra, as it adds better support, makes the breast appear higher and more rounded (instant breast lift). Ladies with smaller breast can benefit from bras that fit well in circumference and offer a certain amount of padding or lifting with under wire. No matter what size you are, it is worth it to have a proper bra fitting. You will instantly notice a difference in they way you look and feel. Having the right fitting undergarments is the first step in looking better. Look at it as "building your foundation". This leads us to the next item"

Panties- Yes, thongs, bikini's and those little boy shorts are sexy, but not if they are covering the wrong butt. Underwear should be comfortable, supportive and able to pull in the tummy. You may think this is not important because most people don't see you in just your underwear (I hope) but its easy to sometimes tell what type of underwear someone is wearing just by the way things are looking in that area. I'm not saying that larger women can't indulge in thong underwear but it needs to" work" with the outfit she is wearing at the time.

Pants & Jeans- Just because we love a pair of jeans on a mannequin doesn't mean they will look nice on us. We have to be willing to walk away sometimes. It is super important to find the right size and fit. Jeans that are to small are going to make you look lumpy, dis-proportioned and they will accentuate the bad, not the good. Too tight jeans flatten the butt (in a bad way) and make the belly appear bigger. Ever noticed someone in super tight jeans and thought "Wow, she would look fantastic if she could just rotate her body - (butt becoming tummy, tummy becoming butt) Not good! This can just as easily happen to smaller sized women, jeans don't discriminate!. Another huge no-no of having pants to tight is that dreaded... I'm going to say it... I have to say it (we're all thinking it anyway) Camel-toe! Ugh!! If you are under the impression that sporting camel-toe is sexy, someone has been telling you lies. Repeat after me "Say No To Camel-Toe!!!" (Sorry, I had to bold it... yes, it's that important!) One more thing to be aware of when buying pants is the rise. Too high of a rise might make the belly appear bigger and less toned and too short of a rise can result in the dreaded "muffin-top" and lets face it ladies, a roll of fat hanging over our jeans is not sexy. We all have a certain amount of body fat so this can easily happen to petite women as well. Buy pants and jeans that fit properly and that flatter your "ass-ets". Make sure they have the proper rise and cut for your body type. Skinny legs work on some people but most people look best in a boot-cut or slightly a flared jean or pant.

Tops- When buying a top you should aim for something well fitted but not clingy to your body, especially if you are trying to hide a belly or love handles. You can easily find tops that flatter your positives but slightly skim over the negatives. For example a top that flatters the breasts, with a nice cut but that also loosens as it reaches the belly and waist is a wonderful choice. Also if you don't want to appear wider than you are, avoid horizontal stripes. Our eyes tend to follow pattern and horizontal stripes scream "width". Meanwhile, verticals stripes elongate the body's appearance and can be quite flattering. Also be weary when buying bold patterns, they can sometimes fool the eye as well and possibly add bulk.

Choose The Right Color- Everyone knows that black is certainly the most slimming color, but who wants to walk around looking goth all the time. You can easily hide all those little imperfections with other darker colors. If you do tend to stick with black, you can spice it up with a bright belt, necklace or other accessory. Use color to your advantage, darks for the areas you want to hide and bright colors on the places you want to show off.

Accessories- Accessories are God-sends! We can use accessories to divert attention or to draw attention to certain areas. Have a little bit of tummy you want to hide?, what better way than a slightly wider belt than usual. The right necklace, earrings, hair accessory or bangle can draw the eye away from imperfections and act as a perfect first impression that is pleasing to the eye. Be brave, play with accessories, different styles and colors can add just the right amount of distraction when your not completely comfortable with your chosen outfit.

Confidence- Pay attention! Ladies this is your most important fashion must have. Be comfortable with who you are, love yourself and be your best friend. Appreciate your body type, embrace your curves! When someone pays you a compliment simply smile and say "Thank You", don't say something negative or attempt to convince them otherwise, accept the compilment. Not graciously accepting a compliment is just as destructive as negative self talk- don't do it. Sure we might be a little bigger than we want, just as some of us may have a wrinkle we don't like, but chances are we earned it. We loved, nurtured and cared for others and often put ourselves last on the list. Our bodies are the vehicles that brought us to motherhood and love and compassion for others, it's time we showed a little appreciation that it got the job done.


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      cheatlierepeat 5 years ago from Canada

      You're very welcome Deb, change is good!

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      I really liked this Hub- useful. Thanks for the advice. I had been thinking I needed to make some changes here and there. I know now where to start. Interesting and funny - too. Thanks for the help.

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      Ruth McCollum 6 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Great hub I loved it!

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      It is a big one! I love how you pointed out that it can make or break an outfit-so true!!!! Thanks

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      donnaleemason 6 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      confidence is certainly a big one. it can make or break an outfit, well done.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      I agree that comfort is key. You can be both comfortable and look good as I bet you do. You have a good man dw :)

      I'm the opposite, I need underwire or I feel uncomfortable but I'm the same in that I wont wear something if it doesn't feel good. I will never suffer for fashion, like those mega high do those girls do it?

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      Brenda K Krupnow 6 years ago from Ravenden, AR

      I hate wearing underwires because they're just too uncomfortable, and to me being comfortable is really more important than looking good. I'm also glad my husband thinks so too.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you carol. It's not about being "skinny" it's about looking our personal best. I'm glad you find this useful. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

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      Carolyn Sands 6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Thanks for a very useful hub. I'm on the stocky side so I can use all the triks and help I can get. voted up and useful.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      That's a great point to make with the bra size, I've never heard of the connection to breast cancer but it makes sense. Thanks for sharing that very important information.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      This was a good hub. I think more people need to pay attention to the appropriate size part. Too many times, people try to wear clothing that is too tight. It is not attractive at all. Great advice there.

      And I think the bra is very important. I read a study recently that said that women who did not wear bras were less likely to get breast cancer. It had something to do with the tightness clamping down on the lymph nodes and causing the fluid to back up...

      So I think a bra that was too tight would cause problems. I think they also found problems with the underwires for the same reasons. Just a little shared info.

      Great hub, and I liked how you endd it with confidence.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you dressline, appreciate the feedback.

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      dressline 6 years ago from China

      nice post ,good .

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Bella Nina. I think confidence is our greatest accessory ;). I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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      Bella Nina 6 years ago from USA

      Something we all need to think about! I especially like the last part regarding "Confidence". Great job.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      You're welcome EHQ!Being short can be challenging when it comes to clothing.

      It is painful but possible to overcome and live a much better life. Welcome to my little corner, glad to have you :)

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      ExoticHippieQueen 6 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful tips. I'm short, too. Only 5'. I also had "one of those husbands". It's so painful, isn't it? Voted up and useful!

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Deer :) It's all about feeling good, having fun and appreciating our body and how well it has served our needs. It's taking that extra step to feel more confident and realizing we all suffer from a little wear and tear.

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      Brenda K Krupnow 6 years ago from Ravenden, AR

      Nice hub. I voted up, funny, and interesting.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Maralexa :) Beautiful day here today. Camel-toe is the word given to that look that results from jeans that are much too tight in a womans private area. I'm not sure when the slang camel-toe began but it's a pretty well know, popular term for that look. I originally heard it on Oprah and then it seemed like it was used everywhere to describe that look. Although, I don't believe it originated with Oprah.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      I failed to mention that Lasenza is just one of the many places that offer a personalized bra makeover. Most lingerie stores and boutiques offer this service as it is so important for both look and comfort to have the proper fitting bra.

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      Marilyn Alexander 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Hello fellow Vancouverite! Nice hub. I think you have done a great job especially mentioning confidence. Sorry, but I don't know what "camel-toe" is. ;) Voted up. And you have a new fan!


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