I have shied away from posts like this because our bodies and how to dress them are very sensitive subjects. I've been especially hesitant to write about it because I have been worried you all might think, "what does she know about insecurities?". But we all have them and please know that I am not without my own (read more about it here). I'm writing this because I love to encourage clients to achieve the best look with their clothes, and I thought it was about time I share some of this knowledge with you guys. When you are reading this post, try not to think about a body but instead, think about lines and proportions. At the end of this post my goal is for you to feel encouraged NOT discouraged. So let's start...
Which outfit do you think looks better, left or right? Hopefully you are saying right -ha! Look at the picture on the left. Do you see how I look like one column, starting at my shoulders and continuing to my hips? Where is your eye drawn? Probably the horizontal line that breaks me up at my hips. Where do you want eyes to be drawn? Probably not your hips. Do you see how the eye is drawn to the waistline in the picture on the right? It's because that's where the horizontal line is. You may be thinking, "But wait, she's never seen MY hips! I need to cover them." But I don't have to because no matter what, you don't want the horizontal line to be at your hips. If you're thinking, "But I don't have a waist line, or my waistline isn't that great", that's why a sloppy tuck is so great! It gives the illusion of a waist line without hugging your waist. There are other ways to give the illusion of a waistline but more on that later.
You know what else is good about having the line at your waist? Your booty gets to be seen. Now, if you are thinking, "Wwwwwait, you haven't seen MY booty!", I don't have to. Just ask your boyfriend, husband or male friends. You catch my drift?
My hope is that you try a sloppy tuck or you buy a t-shirt that hits at the waist and see what happens. Just make sure your pants are tight. Ha!
Top- Zara, Jeans- Shopbop for similar, Shoes- J. Crew for similar, Necklace- Nordstrom for similar, Earrings- Argento Vivo, Watch- Michael Kors, Bracelets- Jeny Baker Designs also at Wisteria, and Giles and Brother, Sunglasses- Ray Ban