Posts Tagged: fitted

How to Define Your Waist Without Wearing a Belt

How to define your waist without wearing a belt.

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

I don’t belt as much nowadays, but I’m a big believer in the power of belts to transform a silhouette. Before I discovered the wonderful world of belting, my waist was seldom seen by anyone besides my husband.

But belts are not for everyone. Depending on your proportions, belting may feel strange or look strange. Depending on your personal style, belting may have very limited appeal. Depending on your preferences, belting may feel incredibly uncomfortable. But if any of those things are true AND you still wish to define your waistline, you might want to give one of these alternatives a try: READ MORE

Reader Request: Professional Style for Figures With Larger Hips

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Reader Karin sent me this request via email:

I am a 43 year old woman returning to work after 10 years out raising children. I am looking to return to mid-level corporate management, so a fairly traditional atmosphere. I am a chubby pear. Bust size 12, waist size 14, hips size 16/18. The full skirts, tighter shirts combinations that are generally flattering on my figure look a little bit too “1950s Picnic,” for a corporate office. I just look dumpy in the sheath dresses and trouser/blouse combos that seem so of the moment. READ MORE

Reader Request: Adjusting to Formfitting Clothing

how to wear tight clothes

Emily e-mailed this request:

I wonder if you’d be interested in doing a post about the discomfort, early discomfort anyway, involved in making the right choices for your body type. When you wear flattering clothes, clothes that fit to the body, well, they show the body shape. And as many many guests on What Not to Wear show with their reactions to belts and waisted dresses, it’s uncomfortable, at first, to wear things on your waist when you’ve been hiding your waist under baggier clothes, or bloused clothes, or what have you. READ MORE