How To Fashionably Cover Your Flaws
By Roni Burks, Style Expert
Letâ€™s be honest. Most of us arenâ€™t perfectly tight and toned, or at that â€˜idealâ€™ weight and size. So, if youâ€™re a little â€œfluffierâ€ than youâ€™d like to be, but you still want to rock that individual catwalk; as you pull out the tank tops and lighter fabrics, letâ€™s discuss how to fashionably cover any â€œflaws.â€
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First things first.
Letâ€™s start with your foundation! Some women don’t realize that half the battle in covering flaws is won in wearing a proper foundation.
â€¢ There is a wonderful one-piece body shaper called a Flexee that handles a lot of our trouble areas. It lifts the butt, brings in the hips, smoothes the back and stomach, and gives the appearance of zero back fat; it also smoothes out any bumps or ripples; and shapes you. Pick one up at any major department store: Macy’s, Dillards, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, etc.
â€¢ Spanx is the â€œgo toâ€ line for body shaping stockings, briefs and shorts, but they also have a unit (available in nude and black) that shapes the whole body.
â€¢ If you want something a little fancier and money is not an issue, Donna Karan has a beautiful body-shaping collection that controls trouble areas and will totally meet the needs of the full figured woman.
While weâ€™re here, letâ€™s look at appropriate colors for undergarments. A good rule of thumb is that the color of your foundation depends on the fabric weight of your outer garment. If youâ€™re wearing white, wear a black foundation with a heavier fabric; wear a nude foundation with a lighter fabric.
Please note: white undergarments under white pants are a colossal no-no!
Dressing for success.
It has been proven that black covers and masks many problem areas extremely well, but don’t be afraid of color and/or patterns; they can also cover nicely. However, if you are not used to wearing a lot of color, start with solids before moving to prints or patterns. Patterns can hide flaws, but remember all patterns arenâ€™t suitable for all body types!
If youâ€™re a full-figured lady, choose a sturdy fabric when selecting a dress. If youâ€™re concerned with covering or minimizing your stomach, arms, hips and thighs, try an â€œA-Lineâ€ cut. These type of dresses move away from the body, especially when you choose a beautiful, flowing fabric. For a sure winner, pair your A-Line dress with a bolero jacket!