Reader Vildy asked for some input on how to flatter her profile. Since she feels she looks considerably more slender from the front than from the side, she asked for a side-view analysis and a few figure-flattery tips.
This is a question that is quite close to my heart. And so, my friends, it is time to properly introduce you to my tum.
First, here’s me from the front:
Helluva difference, no? Just like Vildy, I look considerably slimmer seen face-on. Not better, mind you, just slimmer.* And I have learned a number of tricks for minimizing my midsection bulge that I will now share … with the understanding that they are best suited to women whose natural waists are a bit smaller than their bellies. My guess is that those who appear proportioned from the front but less so in profile will be built similarly to me. And since Vildy didn’t specify, I’m going with that theory!
You apple-shaped ladies will find most of these tricks useless, I’m afraid – click here for a few apple-specific musings.
Much of de-emphasizing the belly is about emphasizing the waist. Princess seams are ideal for this, as they nip in at the natural waist and float over the hips without clinging.
This is basically a way to create the effect of a full skirt while wearing pants. Belting at the natural waist emphasizes its slimness, and since button-downs are generally stiff, they’ll flare out naturally beneath the belt.
Belt nice and high, and let pick a long skirt that is A-line or full. It’ll create volume lower on your body, but overall have the same effect as a shorter full skirt. This look works best if you’re average or above-average height. Shorties might get swallowed up by all that length …
I’m pretty well convinced that dropwaists look horrendous on all body types, but they’re particularly offensive on havers-of-tum. You’re basically making a snug packet for your entire upper body, from shoulders to hips. What a fantastic way to draw attention to your spare tire!
I know that many, many style experts declare this style to be a life-saver for anyone with some weight around the middle. And they DO work for some folks, but not for all. Depending on your build and the cut of the garment, empire waistlines can make the slimmest of us look preggers. If you’ve got a protruberant tum, do you really want to stir up those rumors?
My tee was super tight, and my skirt was pulling across the belly and hips. Both of which drew attention to my middle. The giant floppy bow sprawled across my collarbone helped distract, but still. Overly tight clothing will cling and reveal, so make sure your clothes are fitted without being suffocatingly snug.
There’s that same pink dress from the top two photos. A true sheath features a pencil skirt-esque bottom half, and since you’ll have an unbroken line from shoulders to knees, there’s no way to disguise the tum. But hey, check out how hot I am in my sheath, tum and all.
Same basic concept as the sheath: It’s gonna hug your curves, both the ones you want to emphasize and the ones you want to mask. But if you want to play around with proportions and look cool instead of svelte, go for it.
Is your front view drastically different from your side view? Is it tum-related? If not, what causes the discrepancy? Do you do anything specific to mitigate?
*Please be aware that if you decide that your tum is bigger than mine, and I have no right to be self-conscious, I will not publish your comment. See this post for further explanation.