Spring Fashions That Flatter
Learn how to dress 10 pounds thinner this spring without wearing black.
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.
Wear What You Love.
Investing in your wardrobe is about more than keeping up with the times.
"The better a woman feels she looks, the more self-esteem she has,"
psychologist Dee Shepherd-Look, PhD, tells WebMD. She adds that wearing attire
you're comfortable with is more important than being trendy.
Saboura agrees. He says assembling a thoughtful wardrobe based on your body
type can improve your figure without plastic surgery. "Clothing can be
corrective if you choose correctly." But don't get hung up on the rules. If
you love the way you look in a cropped jacket, never mind that it's on the
"Don't" list. According to Saboura, "The most important thing is to
wear what you love."