The good thing about winter is the clothes. Beneath rolls of clothes, rolls of fat become difficult to decipher. As you get ready to shed your winter coat, the summer dresses and the inherent revealing nature is enough to give most sleepless nights. Here are six common body-type issues and how smart dressing can help. The main maxim as Donna Karan once said, “Hide the negative, enhance the positives.”
Problem: Pear is a Four-letter Word For You
You have: The Big Indian Hip: As Indians, the pear shape is our gift and our curse. By design, Indianwear is suited to camouflage the big Indian hip. Kurtis became the big trend a few years back. And everyone from your neighbourhood Sonia aunty to the office goer took to it with a vengeance.
Your Fix: Play up the top area with look-at-me accessories like a colourful scarf or neck ruffles. Pick the right-size clothes. Pants with no pleats and fitted just below the waist are your style nirvana. A-line skirts and dresses will help take the attention away from the hips. The anarkali-suit should be your staple Indianwear. Make sure the top comes to your waist or ends mid-hip. Wear heels.
Your Go-to Style: Low-rise fitted pants with no detailing on the back even pockets. Pair with an empire-line top — cinched at the waist and a flare at the bottom.
Problem: You Shop in Tweens Section
You Are: Short in Height
Looking up to people has a different meaning for you. Dressing up a petite frame presents some challenge. One, you are always shopping for special sizes or getting inches lopped off your jeans, resulting in a different fit.
Your Fix: Create an illusion of height. Pick high-waisted trousers and tuck your shirt in. Clothes should be cut close to the body. Short dresses and minis paired with two-inch heels will add length to you. Nosebleed heels only call attention to your small frame. Pick small vertical prints. The pants should drape your shoes.
Your Go-to Style: Tone-on-tone pairing. Buttoned shirt dresses in V-necks that ..
Problem: You Carry a Spare Tyre
You Have: Love Handles: Just because they are called love handles doesn’t mean you love them. Figure fixers is not your only option. But the low-waister is not your best friend, neither is fitted sweater. The low fits push up your belly calling unnecessary attention to it and creating the ‘muffin top’ look.
Your Fix: Layering is your saviour and a loose cardigan your weapon. Stick to high waisters and empire line tunic or dress. Pick cottons or voiles over clingy lycra-based fabrics.
Your Go-to Style : High-waisted pants and smart layering with a black vest and an open cotton shirt.
Problem: Your Arms Remind You of A Bread Roll
You Have: Heavy Upper Arms: As the years roll by, nearly all women develop a love-hate relationship with their upper arms. But even skinny women can carry excess weight in this area. As the weather turns warm, your clothing choices suddenly become a major issue. Sleeveless is sadly not an option for you, neither are short cap sleeves or spaghettis.
Your Style Fix: Always wear sleeves, but the long flowing kind. Anything tight fitting and they will look like sausages. Avoid cap sleeves, short puff sleeves or spaghettis. And definitely stay away from large prints. Wear your hair long over the shoulders.
Your Go-to Style: Stick to long, flowing sleeves, even bell sleeves work well for you. And pair with a stole or bolero jacket.
Problem: To Turn Left, You’ve to Crane Your Neck
You Have: A Short Neck: The wrong choice of necklines or jewellery can make you seem like a head on a platter. Short necks need to be emphasised carefully to give an illusion of length. That’s why a choker is never for you.
Your Style Fix: Anything that lengthens your neck, from necklaces with a V-drop to dangling earrings will help. Don’t go for round or boat necks. And turtlenecks are a style you should avoid.
Your Go-to Style: V- or U-neck top or a shirt with pointed collars.
Problem: You Have Tennis-player Legs. And You Don’t Even Play the Sport
You Have: Heavy-set Thighs: While your pillars have the power to support you, it’s not a fact that you want to highlight. Don’t call attention to your legs. Avoid tapered fits — for skirts or pants.
Your Fix: Look for wide-leg or a loose-fitting flared pants. Select A-line skirts. Wear fitted jackets that end or flare just above the thighs. Keep the top half interesting with chunky accessories, scarfs, anything that draws attention away from your legs.
Your Go-to Style: Dark-coloured flared denim with a ruffled top.