Spring Fashions That Flatter
Learn how to dress 10 pounds thinner this spring without wearing black.
- White. "Monochromatic dressing is slimming," Saboura tells WebMD,
but not if you're all in white. He suggests using white "as a layering
tool" underneath darker, more vibrant shades. The same goes for pastels.
"If you are going to wear superlight, wear it as a foundational
- Bermuda Shorts. "Bermuda shorts cut you at a wider part of the
thigh," Saboura explains. They may be chic this spring, but "they are
not very forgiving." Capri pants are a good alternative.
- Cropped Jackets. Tight, short jackets -- particularly those that end just
below the bust -- will exaggerate your curves. A hip-length jacket or cardigan
is a safer choice.
- Cargo Details. The safari look is back, but watch out for pants and tops
with cargo details. Bulky pockets over the bust, hip or thigh will add volume
to those areas.
Proceed With Caution
Bold Patterns. This year's dizzying ethnic-themed prints
and bold jungle patterns may be on the daring side, but they have their
benefits. "Patterns can be a wonderful way to camouflage bumps and bulges
on the body," Saboura says. The key is to choose patterns that are in
proportion to the size of your body. Taller women can get away with larger
patterns. Shorter women should stick to small or medium-sized patterns. While
runway models sport bold prints from head-to-toe, full-figured women should
pair a busy print with a solid. Another option is to wear monochromatic
clothing and bring in the ethnic theme with a handbag, shoe, or chunky
Chiffon and Sheers. Light and airy fabrics can be
flattering when combined with solid foundation pieces. Saboura recommends
wearing sheers over heavier fabrics that "hold the body in and give it
shape." For example, try a thick, stretchy tank top under a gauzy overlay.
"Structure is always a great thing for a full-figured woman. It gives her
Tankinis. "The tankini is a great way of having the
freedom of movement of a two-piece with the coverage of a one-piece,"
Saboura says. But like all swimwear, the right cut is essential.
"Full-figured women with a big bust should wear a V-neck," which
minimizes the top half of the body by drawing the eye down. Choose a bottom
that is cut straight across and tie a sash around the waist for some
camouflage. If you prefer more coverage for the butt and thighs, go for a
"skirtini." "This is not your grandma's skirted bathing suit,"
Saboura says. Today's skirted swimsuits are sportier and sexier.