Perfect Party Looks For Imperfect Figures
Robin White has more additions to the list of figure features and how to choose party clothes that maximize or minimize each one:
- The obvious first choice? An A-line dress that is fitted on top and flares slightly at the bottom; one color from top to bottom helps create a slim line.
- Also try a bubble hem, a look that will draw attention away from the waist and bring the eye down.
- Go for a so-called baby-doll dress, or a fashionable empire style that fit snugly under the bust, skims past the middle, and flares out at the hips, such as the flattering Lily dress shown at the left.
- While empire lines accentuate the bustline, halter tops are visually minimizing.
- Straight necklines,whether strapless or bateau, flatter women with larger busts.
- Avoid sleeves that end at the bustline; shorter or longer sleeves are better. The dress at the left also shows how longer sleeves can flatter a larger woman.
- If you're big-busted and short-waisted, wear dresses with dropped waists.
- Avoid tea-length dresses, which can cut you visually at the wrong place.
- Wear A-line dresses that stop at the knee; knee-length dresses are particularly good for women whose ankles are heavy--they make ankles look thinner.
Finally, the experts agree, count on a fabulous evening jacket to add a flattering finishing touch to any party ensemble. Women with large busts or large bottoms should avoid short cropped jackets, while those who are short need to be careful about too-long cover-ups that can seem overwhelming.
One of today's best choices, according to White: a tailored jacket with a slightly fitted waist. This style flatters both large and small women, she says.
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