Full figure fashion is all about accentuating the positive. Sometimes that requires a touch of clever fashion magic to create a smaller waist to show off our best features.
Curves often look their best with contrast, in order to help our finest assets really stand out. One of the best ways to achieve a voluptuous, sexy look is to create an hour-glass shape. But not all of us come by this classic shape naturally, especially the part about the cinched waist. Well not to worry, fashionistas! We’ve got some awesome tricks to help you stop sucking in that waist and start looking fabulous.
Check out our top tips for faking a smaller waist:
Dress for Success
There are two dress styles that are ideal for creating the illusion of a smaller waist: the wrap dress and a structured, fitted dress. A wrap dress is the universal dress that works with every body shape. It drapes beautifully over every curve and slims the waist with a side or front tie. Plus the v-neck line can show off cleavage tastefully. A fitted dress is great for women with curves because it gives structure to the body without creating bulk and unnecessary draping. Thicker fabrics are better at hiding bulges. Play around with different necklines – square neck, scoop neck, v-neck – to determine which look is best for you.
Color Block It
Color blocking essentially brings the hour glass to you. Its slimming design uses contrasting color panels to give the illusion of a smaller waist. It’s a classic look that Hollywood fashionistas have been wearing for decades. And the simple design allows you to be more creative with colors. Go for hues that represent your personal style.
Blazers and Coats in a Cinch
Much like the wrap dress, cinched blazers and coats draw in the waist for a flattering statement. Modern trench coats are on trend for winter in classic khaki or winter white. Belted blazers are excellent waist-cinchers for business functions.
Vertical stripes elongate the body, making you to look taller and thinner with very little effort. Pinstriped pants are a subtle way to achieve this look. Pair with a solid blouse that has an interesting feature, such as a ruffle or unique buttons.
Lift the Bust
Full figure women often complain of sagging. Without proper support, heavy breasts can fall into the waist-line, which is an unflattering shape and adds bulk to your midsection. A properly fitting full figure bra can easily correct this problem by lifting the breasts, holding them upright and preventing bounce. Plus you’ll be amazed at how much more comfortable your back and shoulders feel in a great full figure bra, not to mention the boost your confidence will receive.
Pencil Me In
Straight and simple, the pencil skirt is great at giving the appearance of a smaller waist. Because it is form fitting, it holds in the waist and allows the rest of your curves to do their job. Pencil skirts are appropriate year-round and allow for endless outfit possibilities. Try a high-waisted pencil skirt for an uber-fashionable look.
Celebrating curves through full figure fashion is one of our passions too. And luckily, we’re here to help each other fudge our way into looking our best. So go on and fake that smaller waist!