How to Play Up Your Assets

I’ve begun updating some of my greatest hits posts so they’re more current. This is one of them!

Assets are relative, ya know? Each woman gets to decide for herself which aspects of her figure she’d like to highlight and play up, regardless of what various magazines may say. And, remarkably, there are some super simple techniques for drawing attention to your bodily assets that work regardless of what those assets may be! If you’d like the observing world to take note of a specific feature, try:

CONTRAST

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Whether you generate contrast by pairing colors with drastically different values, or adding a splash of color in an otherwise neutral ensemble, the point of contrast will become a point of interest. If you want to highlight your waist, make sure there’s high contrast at your waistline. If you want to highlight your legs, try wearing a black top and bright slim pants. Color contrast is a fantastic way to play up a cherished asset.

EMBELLISHMENT

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Sequins, embroidery, beading, even an inset of pattern or texture can serve as embellishment on a garment. And wherever that embellishment goes, so goes the eye. If you’d like to highlight your derrière, go for jeans with flap or embroidered pockets. To draw attention to your shoulders, pick a jacket with epaulets. Want folks to focus on your face? A sweater with an embellished neckline will do the trick. Embellish those assets, my friends!

Not a fan of on-garment embellishments? Sparkly or sculptural necklaces and earrings help bring the eye up toward your face, and bright or patterned shoes place focus on your legs and ankles.

EXPOSURE

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Naturally, you’ll want to temper this one with your own preferences and knowledge of social mores. But baring skin is a classic technique for asset highlighting. Should you wish to play up your rear end or thighs, you may need to try another method. (At least if you’re going out in public.) But most other figure bits can be intentionally exposed under the right circumstances. If you want to highlight your arms, wear a sleeveless top so your arms take center stage. If you want to highlight your legs, wear them bare with an above-the-knee skirt.

COLOR

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This goes hand-in-hand with contrast, I realize, but I feel like it deserves a specific mention. Bright colors always draw attention, and any color in an otherwise neutral mix will be eye-catching. Love your legs? Go for bright pants. Wild about your waist? Try a red belt on a black dress.

Since nothing is universal or foolproof, these techniques won’t work across the board. It’s tough to do contrast at the bust line or embellishment at the calves. But all three of these work across a huge variety of scenarios, highlighting assets as they go!

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