Friday, March 23, 2012

Tips and tricks to disguise tummy area

By Elaine Scully Styling

If your problem area when dressing your shape is your tummy, then the key – as with any body issue – is to ignore it i.e. down play it. Select clothes that don’t draw any attention to your tummy. Instead choose dresses or tops that have statement necklines, or eye catching shoulder detail. Choosing jackets with padded shoulders, tops/dresses with cap sleeves or structured sleeves, will broaden your shoulders and at the same time slim your tummy area. Never wear fabrics that will cling to your tummy, you need soft fabric that will float forgivingly over your tum or heavy structured fabric that will support and hold you in.

We’re all experts at answering the question, what don’t you like about your body? It’s time you admit to what you actually like about your body. Could it be your legs? Then wear dresses and skirts above the knee or slip into statement shoes and/or tights. Great boobs then reveal them or at the very least draw attention to them with detail, accessories, print or colour.

The two tone in the following dress works for two reasons - the plain dark navy colour on the lower half elongates and slims your shape, while the lighter colour on the shoulders and sleeves draws the attention upwards and the cap sleeves also broaden your shoulders. The ruching also works in disguising any tummy lumps or bumps.

Jaime la Vie Holly navy dress, €69.95, Carraig Donn

This next dress, also from Carraig Donn, has a frill around the bust drawing attention to that area. It is an empire line dress (rather than fitted at the waist it is fitted under the bust) with extra forgiving fabric around the tummy. The all over print has a slimming effect and at the same time hides any lumps or bumps.

Jaime la Vie Johanna multi print dress, €69.95, Carraig Donn

When skirt shopping go for A-line styles or styles that become fuller from the hips. Make sure you choose skirts that are flat at the tummy area with no detail or fuss and any fastenings are at the side or back of the skirt – the same rules apply for trousers. I have found two styles both from A|wear's new spring/summer collection and both are instores now.

Black patty Aline mini skirt, €35, A|wear
Evanna pleated contrast skirt, €40, A|wear
Team your skirts and trousers with eyecatching tops.

DKNY Jeans jersey ruffle top, €64.50,

So Fabulous foil print cowl neck top, €35,

My most important tip girls is to move away from hiding your body underneath shapeless styles. You do this thinking it covers your problem areas when in fact it adds pounds to your shape. Bring balance to your shape with my tips above and embrace your body.

 Elaine xx
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