11 Style Tips to Conceal Every Body Hang-Up
In today’s world of crop-top ubiquity and #fitspo hashtags, it’s hard to escape having a body hang-up or two. While we encourage embracing your body exactly the way it is, sometimes feeling like you’ve addressed the issue is the best way to boost your confidence. And since skin-baring weather is right around the corner, we went ahead and culled the best style tips to address every shape concern, so whether you’d love to have arms the FLOTUS would flaunt or a rear end as bootylicious as Beyoncé’s, keep reading for all our favorite figure-flattering tips.
Desire: A bigger chest
Solution: Embellished or ruffled top
Give yourself a boost in the décolletage department with volume-enhancing details, like the ruffles on Olivia Palermo’s Nina Ricci bustier.
Get the look: H&M Ruffled Top ($18) in Powder Pink
Desire: A flatter stomach
Solution: A wrap dress
A dress that wraps around your middle section, like Allison Williams’s Vionnet frock, accentuates the smallest part of the waist, and the draped fabric helps conceal the stomach.
Get the look: ASOS Midi Wrap Tulip Dress ($75)
Desire: Longer legs
Solution: A continuous color from pants to feet
Take it from Elisa Sednaoui: The best way to lengthen and slim your gams is to wear a single color that goes right down to your toes. Wear boots to get this effect—the look doesn’t work if your ankles are exposed.
Get the look: Madewell Skinny Jeans ($115) in Black Frost; Topshop Again Ankle Boots ($155)
Desire: Smaller hips
Solution: Flared jeans
The best way to slim your hips is with a pair of flared jeans, as the volume at the hem balances out wider hips. Bonus points for pairing your flared jeans with a hip-concealing mid-thigh coat like Margot Robbie’s Burberry trench.
Get the look: Frame Denim Le Skinny Flare Jeans ($100)
Desire: A shorter torso
Solution: Cropped top + full skirt
Make a long torso more proportional by pairing a crop top like Naomie Harris’s beaded Giorgio Armani number with a midi skirt. You’ll get a leg-lengthening effect, which will make your top half look smaller in comparison. If you feel shy about showing your stomach, choose a high-waisted skirt so only a sliver of skin is exposed.
Get the look: Tibi Cluster Beaded Crop Top ($345); Express High Waist Full Skirt ($70)
Desire: A smaller chest
Necklines that create an upside-down triangle pull the eye down to a narrower place, thus deemphasizing the bust. Kim Kardashian’s choice of a Balmain blazer also works to her advantage, as the pointy lapels draw the eye down in a similar fashion. Just be sure not to go too low, as this will only highlight the part you’re trying to downplay.
Get the look: Splendid Very Light Jersey V Neck Tee ($48) in White
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Desire: A longer torso
Solution: Low-rise pants + high-neckline top
To lengthen a short torso, pair a crewneck top, like Erin Wasson’s Madewell Linen Paris Stencil Muscle Tee ($45), with a pair of low-rise pants so your top half looks longer in proportion to your legs. Garments that hit at the hips, such as a tunic, will create the same effect.
Get the look: Être Cécile Bad Ass Paris Tee ($120)
Desire: A bigger butt
Solution: High-waisted jeans
Fake a bigger booty with a pair of high-waisted jeans like Miranda Kerr’s Nobody Denim Cult Skinny Jeans ($199) in Addict. The top of the jeans fit around the slimmest part of your waist, which in turn makes your waist look smaller and rear look larger in comparison.
Get the look: Paige Denim Hoxton High Waist Skinny Jeans ($101)
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Desire: A smaller butt
Solution: Wide-leg pants
Wide-leg pants, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Chloé trousers, can help minimize an ample rear end. The wide pant opening simply balances out a bigger bottom. Extra points for finding a pair with a wide waistband, which visually assigns the top part of your behind to your waist, thus making your butt look smaller overall.
Get the look: Bop Basics Work Trousers ($180)
Desire: Thinner arms
Solution: Three-quarter-length sleeves
Three-quarter sleeves, such as on Taylor Swift’s ASOS dress, guide the eye to the exposed forearm, skipping over larger upper arms. Extra tip: Avoid cap sleeves and sleeveless items, which will draw attention to the largest part of your arm.
Get the look: Ana Pires Short Dress ($193)
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Desire: A thinner waist
Solution: A peplum and belt
Miroslava Duma’s Natasha Zinko dress and overcoat work double time to make the most of her waist—specifically, the contrast belt highlights the smallest part of her middle, and the volume of the peplum makes her waist look tinier in proportion.
Get the look: Lily Pulitzer Karla Sweater Jacket ($158)