A narrow waist and nicely rounded hips, a super feminine figure and, of course, long legs are every woman’s goal. But as it often happens, that isn’t necessarily what Mother Nature had in mind for us, so our measurements aren’t ideal. This is where we can put fashion to good use. – to visually narrow the waist, lengthen the legs and get a nicely shaped behind in the process. All you have to do is pay attention to the following tricks and you’ll see how simple it really is. One more thing: wear a belt, if it’s at all possible, because it’s precisely this accessory that is the key to getting a slimmer and more beautiful figure.
Pay attention to colours. It’s a well known fact that lighter colours enlarge and darker ones narrow us; black and dark blue especially, are your allies. This does not however mean that you should wear dark colours head to toe, what’s more important is that you keep some dark shades in the waist area, because that is where you need to reduce a few inches. So if you like lighter colours, do play with them, but add a black belt or a dark blue slightly wider obi belt to a light colored dress.
The rule of prints. As you probably realise, wide horizontal stripes are not appropriate, because they make you visually larger. It’s better to opt for petite and pretty prints, vertical stripes or big dots. Polka dots are a thankful print in general, so don’t give it another thought. This little piece of a more formal wear is a welcome addition to our everyday lives. You can always play around with stripes or dots, and trust the mirror, which can be your best friend when you need some good advice.
Shapes and forms. What you need to know in order to achieve a visually flawless waistline is that it’s a necessary evil wearing pieces that fit you 100 %. This seems obvious, of course, but it often isn’t. Go for figure hugging blazers, which look as if they were made especially for you; wear high waisted skirts and trousers, which are usually singed precisely at the waist, so they take quite a few inches away.
About accessories. Belts take the lead, always and everywhere. Learn to add one when you put jeans on, shorts, an A line skirt or a dress. A belt has the wonderful effect of pointing out the exact proper proportions, where the lower, and where the upper part of your body is.
Wrap dress. It’s the one with the gorgeous draping in front, it accentuates the waist and falls smoothly to the knees. Check out the models that Diane von Furstenberg usually has to offer, and you’ll get the picture. Waist is the key area when it comes to this dress, because it’s literally belted on the inside and singes the waist perfectly. Style it with high heels, which gives it the most emphasis; take your time for this moment of femininity, because it’s worth it. You’ll end up looking beautiful and charming and, most of all, pleased with yourself.