Flatter your figure this summer with these simple tips
Summer is a time for beautiful, flowing dresses, tailored shorts and bodycon skirts, and with your favourite designer boutiques touting rail upon rail of beautiful pieces to choose from, shopping has never been so much fun. But although it is one of the most enjoyable seasons for many, for others the thought of baring a little skin or slipping into something slinky is a terrifying idea – so how exactly can you get through summer unscathed – and feeling your best ever version of yourself?
The good news is that curves have been enjoying a resurgence in recent years and are most definitely back in vogue for 2019. From nipped-in waists to fitted skirts, this year, it’s all about celebrating your shape rather than hiding it away. But, if that coveted Marilyn Monroe figure is not something nature has given you, then rest assured that there are plenty of ways to add volume in all the right places, too.
Whatever your shape or size, if you’re not quite feeling ready for bikini season this year, then rest assured that a few simple tricks are all it will take to feel confident in your clothes this summer. Dress to accentuate your best features and flatter the rest, and you’re guaranteed to feel like a million dollars in that designer dress.
Here’s how to do it.
Push up jeans
If you are on the curvier side, then a pair of designer push up jeans will help to enhance, shape and lift your rear in all the right places – giving you the extra confidence boost you need to show it off unreservedly. They’re not just for curvy women though, and if you are slimmer around your backside then a good pair is all you’ll need to add the definition and volume you’ve always wanted.
Ruffled bust details
If your bust is on the smaller side and you’d prefer to sport a fuller look, then try ruffled tops and dresses to add a little extra oomph. Ruffles can work particularly well when it comes to bikinis, too – and even better if you can combine them with a lightly padded, push-up style.
A cinching belt
Slipping a belt around a dress or long blouse is one of the oldest tricks for faking a slimmer waist, and if you already have one, then it will help to highlight this further. A thick, three- to six-inch wide style can flatter an hourglass figure – so it’s the perfect excuse to invest in that must-have Gucci leather belt you’ve had your eye on all year. Meanwhile a thinner belt is good when you’re looking to create those curves. Match the colour to your outfit for a subtle yet effective result.
High necklines can make you look like a solid block of colour straight on, which can give you a boxier shape. Opt for a lower neckline instead – deep Vs are ideal because they break up the area and draw attention up toward your face. They can be especially flattering if your bust is one of your preferred features, too – a little cleavage can emphasise your curves, but to maintain a sophisticated look, be sure to keep it subtle. Remember, less is always more – so don’t go overboard with the padding if you already have a large bust.
A-line skirts are perfect for creating that nipped-in look. Wear with a simple, summery top or blouse and tuck in for a flattering look. Look for skirts that fit at or around your natural waist in fabrics that are stiff enough that they don’t hang limply over your hips, and flare out and away from your body instead. For a really smooth look around your upper half, opt for a bodysuit instead of a top or blouse. This will give you a slim silhouette up top whilst skimming you curves on the bottom.
If you could do with a little extra volume around your hips, then peplum tops have got you covered. Choose a stiff and structured style that will maintain its shape throughout the day or night, and team with high-rise jeans or a flattering pencil skirt to keep the waistband hidden. Skinny jeans pants and fitted skirts will help to create that tapered look – making your hips look curvier and your waist smaller by comparison.
Whatever your shape or size, get the figure you’ve always dreamed of this summer with these clever outfit choices. From creating the illusion of curves, to slimming down voluminous areas for a smoother and more flattering look, these easy tips will give you the confidence you need to carry off your new look in style. All that’s left is to dress to impress – and let your finest features do the talking.