While most of us are looking to minimize our bodacious physique’s, some of us are dealing with the opposite problem.
Nina wrote in, saying, “Please I really need your help! I’m 25, but I look 22 because of my weight. I’m thin, size small, and am tall at 5’7″. I really don’t know what type of clothes to wear. I find myself looking super skinny in everything I try. PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP!!”
While I’d say I’m an expert at concealing curves, I have heard of five tricks you can use to make your body look more rounded. Check ‘em out:
1. Opt for horizontal vs. vertical lines:
Just as vertical lines draw the eye up and down your body, making you look taller and leaner, horizontal lines do the exact opposite! A striped top or dress will add a few pounds, and also create the optical illusion of curves. The wider the stripe, the more body you’ll have.
2. Wear clothes with volume: balloon and pleated skirts, maxi dresses, harem pants, or dolman sleeves.
Tight clothes can draw attention to your thin frame, so go in the opposite direction with generous silhouettes. Opt for Dolman sleeves like model Jessica White, or for a maxi dress like Nicole Richie.
3. Layer like a pro:
In addition to wearing more voluminous clothes, also pile a few pieces to add new dimensions to your look. Keisha Whitaker (right), knows the score, wearing forgiving capri pants and placing a loose, sheer tank under a cascading black jacket. Arlenis Sosa combines three rules, wearing a horizontal striped roomy dress under a belted cardigan.
4. Go wide leg:
Kick your skinny jeans to the curb, and opt for wide legged options in light washes (dark jeans slim; light jeans do the reverse). Wide legged trousers in any color are also very on trend for spring.
5. Ruffles, ruffles, ruffles.
There’s no better way to add more curves than to ruffle it on. Though Chanel Iman (above) is wearing a couture creation, Thandie Newton shows how a little ruffle can go a long way.
So those are my two cents.
Do you guys have anything to add?