In today’s world of unrealistic beauty standards and perfection, it’s hard to escape having a body hang-up or two. According to the Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report, 80% of British women are unhappy with the way they look, whether they are slim, curvy, tall or short.
While some body image concerns can be effectively addressed through an adequate fitness programme, others may be hard if not impossible to change without drastic solutions.
The good news is that there are many ways to help you feel better and have fun with fashion while you work on these fitness goals. Whether you want to add volume to your ` décolleté’ or highlight your strengths, keep reading for body flattering tips.
You want a bigger chest
Go for: embellishment and ruffles
If the push up bra is a big no no, give yourself a boost in the décolleté with volume-enhancing details, like tops or dresses with ruffles or pleats. These will add volume to your chest without overwhelming your figure.
Avoid: baggy and loose clothes.
Anything that’s sagging and losing its shape is not going to make your breast look as flattering.
You want a smaller chest
Go for: Scoop necks and square tops
Dark scoop necks and square tops will flatter your breast without putting too much emphasis on it. And if you really want to downplay this part of your body, pair it with a skirt or pants that are brightly coloured. They will draw the eye down from your chest to your legs.
Avoid: clothes that add volume or bring attention to your breast
These include horizontal stripes, ruffle or empire waists. These will only emphasise your chest, making it look even bigger.
Try to find the right balance between plunging necklines that are desperately crying for attention, and turtle necks that will suffocate your breast and make it look huge.
You want smaller hips
Go for: Flare jeans
A great way to slim your hips is with a pair of flare jeans. Flared jeans are not only trendy but they also help to balance out the volume between you upper and lower body.
Avoid: tight, skinny or light-coloured bottoms.
These will highlight your hips instead of creating a size reducing effect.
You want a bigger butt
Go for: High-waisted push up jeans
While you work on this booty gain, why not trying a pair of high-waisted to flatter your butt. The top of the jeans will make your waist look smaller and your butt larger in comparison.
Avoid: flimsy fabrics
Any thin, cheap fabrics that hangs off your butt is not going to be flattering.
You want a smaller butt
Go for: Wide-leg pants
Wide-leg pants such as boot cuts or flare jeans can help minimise an ample rear end. For a better effect, try pants in darker shades. The darker the wash of the pants, the smaller your butt will appear.
Avoid: light colour, skinny denim
These will make your rear look bigger. Pay attention to small details that tend attract more attention to it such as small pockets or embellishments such as studs or embroidery.
You want a flatter stomach
Go for: fluid fabrics
While you work on those fitness goals, choose tops with fluid fabrics. These will hide your body hang-ups and give you that very elegant silhouette.
Avoid: super tight fabrics and clothes
If you want to look fashionable and highlight your strengths, it is best not to wear tight tops or fabrics. They will accentuate every shape concern you have and draw attention away from your stylish clothes.
You want slimmer calves
Go for: long pants and full skirts
Dark long pants such as boot cuts or A-line cut skirts are perfect for hiding your shape concerns. Pair your skirt with a pair of nude shoes to allow a flattering leg line.
Avoid: tight cropped pants, capris or pencil skirts
They will draw the eye to the widest part of your calves and ankles and make them look wider.
You want thinner arms
Go for: Three-quarter sleeves
They will cover up your arms and make them look slimmer. But if you are tired of hiding them, it may be time to address the problem with upper body exercises. Check out this article to get toned and feminine arms.
Avoid: Strapless styles and cap sleeves
These will draw more attention to your arms and make them look even bulkier than they actually are!