5 Tips for Making "Unflattering" Items Work for Your Body
There are certain pieces out there that many of us probably avoid because they seem unflattering. For example, items that are too baggy or an awkward shape. But believe it or not, many of these “unflattering” items are actually incredibly on-trend right now. We’re talking oversize blouses and billowy trousers. In fact, these pieces can actually work for anyone—regardless of whether or not they’re traditionally complementary. Don’t believe us? Below, we’re highlighting how five “unflattering” items can fit into your daily life.
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A floor-length dress can seem intimidating—especially if you aren’t super tall—but it can work. The key is ensuring some of your skin shows so it’s not all fabric. We suggest rolling up the sleeves or tailoring so a part of your ankles is displayed. It’s also smart to go for pointed shoes to help elongate your overall silhouette.
Boxy tops are very forward right now, but there is an art to pulling them off so you don’t feel wider than you are. It’s really all about the styling—rather than letting the shirt hang loose, try tucking in part of it to define your waist.
It’s often said that horizontal stripes are not as flattering as vertical ones, but this pattern can totally work—just look at blogger Tanesha Awasthi here. If you go for a flattering silhouette (like her dress that cinches at the waist and falls right at the knee), you’ll look great no matter which way your stripes fall.
The key here is to make sure that you are highlighting your silhouette in some way—that could be tucking in your top to define your waist (the smallest part of your body) or tucking in your pants like we’re showcasing here, to bring the loose trousers in at the ankle and define that area.
Too much fabric may seem unflattering, but if you pair a baggier top or tunic (so on trend right now!) with tailored pieces like slim trousers, you won’t look like you’re completely drowning in a baggy piece.
What “unflattering” items do you like to wear? Let us know in the comments below!