Posts Tagged: midsection

Reader Request: Dressing to Minimize a Tum

Reader R sent me this request via e-mail:

I love many of your outfits, but I’m larger than you with a not-flat tummy. Some clothes just make me feel self conscious because I’m not slimmer. Any suggestions?

So, I’ve talked about dressing around my particular type of tum, and how a figure like mine looks different from the side … but R’s question pertains to a body that is both larger than mine and possessing a more pronounced tum. And she’s specifically noted that she’s self-conscious about her tum and would prefer it be downplayed.  So here are a few ideas to get the conversation started. read more

Originally posted 2011-04-14 06:05:21.

Reader Request: Flattering a Large Ribcage

Tips for dressing to flatter a large ribcage

Reader L e-mailed me this question:

I know this might be a question that applies to a lot of people, but in case it’s useful info, my specific body is like this: I’m about 5’7″, and I weigh somewhere between 145 and 150 lbs at any given minute. I have a very short waist (less than 2.5″ between my last rib and my hipbones), very small breasts (a-b cup, I rarely wear underwire bras) and a large ribcage–about 37 inches around. It’s not that I’m barrel-chested, which I know is an actual medical diagnosis, just that I’m really wide side-to-side. I’ve always struggled with those apple/pear/rectangle body classifications. I have the wide top half and super long legs that would make me an apple, except that I’ve never particularly had a tummy and my waist does come in a couple inches between my ribs and my hips (but it’s short enough to not particularly produce an hourglass shape). And while I have curvy hips and a big butt that mean I’m not really rectangular at all, my torso’s much shorter and wider than those shapes called pear. read more

Originally posted 2013-06-18 06:39:20.

Reader Request: Jeans for Apple-shaped Figures

jeans for apple shape

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Several readers have reached out to request recommendations for jeans that suit a figure with a fuller midsection, slim legs and a small butt. And I know exactly why these gals are frustrated and seeking help: Designers and manufacturers of women’s jeans are yet to fully acknowledge the “apple” figure. They’ve always offered styles that suit slim figures with minimal curves. They heard us when we complained about waistband gapping – something that happens when your hips and butt are fuller than your midsection – and created “curvy” styles that nip at the waist. But women with full midsections and slim legs are offered relatively few viable options. Jeans that fit in the waist billow around the legs, and jeans that fit in the legs are too tight in the waist. BOO. read more