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8 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE UNFLATTERING CLOTHES LOOK BETTER ON YOU

HOW TO MAKE UNFLATTERING CLOTHES, MORE FLATTERING.

​​I know you’ll have some unflattering clothes in your closet that you wish looked better on you and can’t bear to part with.  And I know you’re going to come across unflattering pieces that you love when you’re shopping or scrolling through your social media feeds.  

So, should you avoid them?  No, absolutely not!

Personal Style is about expressing who you are and what you want to say, and it's about having fun!  And in my opinion that means you should have the freedom to wear what you want to.  

But, the problem is that if you don’t know how to make those ​unflattering clothes more flattering on you,, you’ll either not wear them, or you’ll think "sod it" and wear them anyway...and you’ll probably catch your reflection later in the day and wish you'd worn something different.

So what do you do?

Well, I’ve developed a powerful set of ​styling techniques over the past 12 years, that I consistently use to improve the look of my clients (and my own) less flattering clothes, and I’m sharing ​​10 of my most used techniques, below!​

Scroll on down to see the most common frustrations when it comes to the look and fit of clothing, and how ​ to solve them.

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​8 SIMPLE WAYS TO ​MAKE UNFLATTERING CLOTHES MORE FLATTERING

1 / HOW TO IMPROVE THE LOOK OF A TOP THAT HIGHLIGHTS WIDE HIPS

When you have wide hips, or carry the majority of your weight on your bottom half, a top that hits you across your widest point will draw the eye there and make your bottom half appear wider than it is.

A simple way to solve this is to loosely tuck the front of the top into your waist band.  you can also do a full tuck.  Play around and see what looks best on you!

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2 / HOW TO IMPROVE THE LOOK OF A GARMENT WITH SLEEVES AN UNFLATTERING LENGTH

Sleeves that are too long can make a garment look like it's too big for you...even if it fit's you everywhere else.  And likewise, a sleeve that is too short can make a garment look to small for you.

You can always have the sleeves altered to fit you better, but my (very) simple fix is this:

  • If the sleeve is too long, simply cuff or roll it to a more flattering length.
  • If the sleeve is too short, cuff it to an even shorter, more flattering length, or layer a longer sleeve underneath it.
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3 / HOW TO INSTANTLY IMPROVE THE LOOK OF  JEANS THAT ARE AN UNFLATTERING LENGTH

The length of a pair of jeans can affect how flattering they are on you.  If they cut you across a wider part of your leg, they can make your legs look larger than they are.  If they're too long for you they can make the entire pair of jeans look too big.  And if they're too short for you, you may look like you're bursting out of them.

Here are a few instant fixes:

  • If they're too long and can be cuffed or rolled, turn them up until they're a more flattering length.
  • If they're too long but are flared or have a baby boot so can't be rolled or cuffed, embrace the trend for frayed edges and cut them to a better length.
  • If they're too long and aren't bulky, tuck them into boots and know one will know!
  • If they're too short and can be cuffed or rolled, turn them up so to a length that looks like they're supposed to be short.
  • If they're too short and can be tucked into boots, do that.  No one will know what length they are when they're tucked inside your favorite booties or knee highs.
  • If the sleeve is too short, cuff it to an even shorter, more flattering length, or layer a longer sleeve underneath it.
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​4/ HOW TO IMPROVE THE LOOK OF A TOP THAT IS TOO LARGE

Any thing that is too large for you will hide your shape and can make you look larger than you are, but there are a few things you can do to make a garment that is too large, look better on you.

  • Layer another top over it to cinch it in and create more shape
  • Tie a knot in it to cinch it in and improve the length
  • Layer a jacket or vest over the top to create some shape and definition at the waist
  • Tuck it in
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5 / HOW TO CHANGE THE WAISTLINE OF A DRESS OR TOP SO IT SITS INLINE WITH YOUR WAIST

When a waistline sits too high on you it can make the dress or top look too small for you, even if it's not. And when it sits too low, it can make the item look too big.

My favorite way to instantly solve this is to layer a wide belt (or one that is wider then the waist detail on the dress) over the waistband so its more inline with your actual waist.

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6 / WHAT TO DO IT BUTTONS PULL ACROSS THE BUST OR HIPS

If you have a large bust, you'll often find that buttons gape, and if you're bottom heavy, you probably find that buttons on shirts and button ups pull across your hips.

A simple fix if buttons pull across your bust is to leave a few buttons undone and layer a camisole underneath for modesty.

If buttons pull across your hips, just leave a few buttons undone!  This works well with tops and dresses!

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7 / HOW TO IMPROVE THE LOOK OF A TOP THAT MAKES YOU LOOK AND FEEL BUSTY

If you have a large bust you'll probably find that turtle necks, cowl necks and tops with lots of ruffles across the bust, make you look larger than you are.

to mitigate this, try layering a long pendent necklace over the top to draw he eye in and break up the line across your bust.

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​8 / HOW TO IMPROVE THE LOOK OF A TOP THAT MAKES YOUR BUST LOOK SMALLER

If you have a small bust or narrow shoulders, tops that have spaghetti straps, or plunging necklines will often exaggerate that and make you look bottom heavy. 

A simple way to prevent this is to add weight or volume to your top half with a scarf or statement necklace.

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And there you have it!  Those are my 8  favorite ways to make unflattering clothes more flattering.  There are lots of other tips and tricks you can use to make unflattering clothes ​more flattering, but before you can get to grips with that, you need to understand WHY some clothes are less flattering than others.  

Once you understand what works best for your shape and why, you'll be in a much better position to bend the 'styling guidelines' for your shape and make the unflattering clothes that you want to wear, work for you.

If you're not sure what body shape you are, or you would like some tips on dressing to make the most of your shape, take my free body shape quiz below.  You will discover what your primary body shape is and receive 5 tips to help you dress to show it off to it's best!

Take the FREE body shape quiz and learn how to dress to make the most of your shape, so you can start creating outfits that you enjoy wearing👇

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