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Choosing Cuts That Flatter Your Body Shape

by Anne Berkley


Photo by Timothy Works from Pexels


What is the Fashion Stylist? A Fashion Stylist one of the most popular emerging professions in the fashion world globally and is the job title of someone who selects the clothing and accessories for published editorial features, print or television advertising campaigns, music videos, concert performances, and any public appearances made by celebrities, models and other public figures.

On to more pressing matters: an eye for fashion is an eye for quality pieces, the gift of styling is creating a look with the quality pieces on hand. The selection process is simply the basics! Empowerment and development come from confidently knowing that the fabric dressing the largest organ of our bodies, the epidermis, is nothing short of flattering, comfortable, and stylish.

“I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives you a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow…” Comments the fashion erudite Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Knowing what best suits you:

Showcase what is most beautiful about you and embrace it. Short waist with long legs, choose jackets with lengths that extend below the waist or further. Do not emphasize your waistline with jackets in fluid fabrics or jackets and dress suits. Emphasize your leg length with narrow pants or short skirts! Classic trousers are usually best as they sit at or slightly above your natural waistline with straight, fairly narrow legs and absolutely no CUFFS. Place great emphasis on your legs by wearing pants that are slightly long with heels and a short jacket or top. You would do well to avoid cropped pants and anything too tight, not to say a cropped bottom will not do you justice, but let’s face it, you want to elongate your legs so the shortening of your trousers will defeat that purpose.

As for that short waist, look for a semi-fitted style that reaches just below the gluteus while avoiding flap or patch pockets and wide collars. High round necklines and double-breasted styles are also a quick no, no. Rather, go with single-breasted styles, one or two-button closures which will inevitably create that “V”, therefore elongating the torso.

Color catches the eye and makes you look terrific! My personal favorite: monochromatic (dress in one color from head to toe). A monochromatic look helps the eye glide right over troubled spots, creating an illusion. Be mindful as dark colors can make you look slimmer, reason: darker shades absorb light, therefore are the most slimming. On the contrary, bright colors can do the exact opposite. You can also pair bright colors with dark colors as a means to help balance your body. Evening out proportions: small top with a heavier bottom, (i.e. a hot pink top with black bottoms works perfectly for attracting attention to where you want it most).

In our next segment, we will discuss horizontal lines that divide the body…


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