Perfect figures are rare. In fact, even several celebrities can’t boast of one. Some have large thighs, while others try their best to hide tummies that aren’t absolutely flat. You don’t see them because they know how to dress right and camouflage these flaws.
Models pose as they prepare backstage before the Curvy Fall/Winter 2012 collection show during New York Fashion Week. REUTERS/Kena Betancur
Take some cues from stylists
Archana Walavalkar and Teena Ahuja Kapoor, who tell you how you too can do the same, depending on what part of your body you’d like to take attention away from.
Overall broad and short
Archana: Keep it simple and monotone. Opt for draped tops and dresses that don’t highlight the structure of one’s body. Also try raglan sleeves that round off your shoulders and cut the width. Avoid sleeveless and in-cut sleeves as they make one look broader.
Teena: Wear boot-cut bottoms with high heels or wedges. Long flowy tops are also the way to go. Floor-length dresses with high heels are another option for day or night. Avoid short clothes, horizontal stripes and flat footwear. Never go in for layering.
Thick and short neck
Archana: Avoid collars and high necklines, and opt for a slightly lower neckline. Keep some breathing space so your neck appears longer. Correct your posture and sit erect so you look tall.
Teena: Wear tops with wide or V-shaped necks. It creates an illusion of a longer slender neckline. Accessorise with a long thin chain. Never wear short and chunky jewellery around the neck — it tends to make the problem area look more stubby. Don’t wear high neck or small round neck tops. Avoid shirts too.
Archana: Opt for graphic necklines and shorter V-necks. Avoid empire cuts or any detailing around the chest area.
Teena: Wear more solid colours, preferably darker shades or jewelled tones. If you like lighter tones, throw on a scarf to visually cut the broad area and look leaner and taller. Keep your look simple and clean. Don’t go in for too much colour contrast. It just divides the body into more blocks than it should and makes one look more boxy. Never wear horizontal stripes, complicated prints or chunky jewellery.
Archana: Break the waist by adding a belt to create an illusion of actually having one. Opt for empire lines, peplums, illusion prints, drapes, knots and mid-waist silhouettes instead of high waist options. It will make your torso appear longer.
Teena: Wear straight cut tops. Longer tops and kaftan-style tops are ideal for women with a thick waist. Never use a belt. It will attract unwanted attention to the waist. No fitted or short tops.
Archana: Wear long tops that cover your hips. Opt for peplums and avoid low-waist bottoms.
Teena: Wear boot cut bottoms. Long tops and shift dresses are ideal. High heels or wedges are also ideal. Wear darker coloured denims or pants. Avoid skinny jeans at all costs. Short tops are a big no-no. Avoid flat footwear.
Archana: Don’t wear leggings. Opt for straight cropped pants instead, to balance the proportion between thighs and ankles. Wear long maxi skirts, palazzo pants, maxi dresses — anything that will hide what’s actually going on under there.
Teena: Wear bottoms that are straight cut. Long dresses are also ideal for this body type. Avoid short dresses, skinny jeans, shorts and tight clothes.