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It's All About Balance continued...

Likewise, if you're bottom-heavy and top-light, Siebold says, look for clothes that bring the eye upward. Think great necklines and bright colors near the face, and dark colors on the bottom.

"Your goal should be to achieve a visually balanced, symmetrical look between top and bottom so when you look at yourself in the mirror you see an unbroken line, and no one area jumps out," says Siebold.

In addition, Arroz notes, you can fine-tune your balancing act by paying attention to body details like your torso (long vs. short), bosom (high, low, large, or small), hips (wide side-to-side or wide front-to-back), and recognizing where you carry the most weight.

"Any one area of your body that doesn't look right in relation to the rest of your body is the area that you need to address with corrective clothing," says Figueroa.

Size Matters -- Size Tags Don't

Size Matters -- Size Tags Don't

While visual balance is important, so is wearing the right size. That sounds simple enough, but Siebold says it's an area where we often make major fashion faux pas.

"We often think that if an article of clothing fits around our body that it fits our body, but this is not the same thing," says Siebold. Clothes should gently curve around your body, without clinging but without hiding your shape, she says.

"A plus-size girl's best friend is definitely her tailor, because oftentimes just a dart here or a seam there can give even the most inexpensive outfits a designer look -- and yes, that will make you look thinner," says Figueroa.

As unflattering as baggy, shapeless clothing can be, wearing outfits that are too small can be an even bigger fashion disaster.

"When you are a size 6, trying on a size 8 to get a better fit isn't a big deal; but when you're in an 18 and you need to size up to a 20, you feel like a horrible failure," Figueroa says. "Going up a size isn't just a fashion move, it's a whole psychological experience, and so we often avoid it."

To shake those feelings, she says, learn to ignore size tags and go for what looks best on your body. To make sure you have the right size, make sure there's about a finger's width of space between your skin and the garment. "More than that and your clothes are going to make you look shapeless; less than that, and you are squeezing into too small a size -- and either one is going to make your look heavier," says Figueroa.

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