When the weather gets colder, natural survival instincts that have been a part of humankind for thousands of years become active. These instincts actually compel you to eat more food and put on weight, so you can survive the cold. Even though humans are no longer living in caves or outdoors, this instinct to survive makes it much easier to gain weight during the fall. Of course, all the Halloween candy and pumpkin-flavored coffees really don’t help either! Learn how to choose form-flattering fashions that make you look shapely, not heavy, during fall and winter months.
Mix and Match Your Shapes
Flattering your figure doesn’t mean wearing tight clothing all the time. In fact, the opposite is usually true. Get the most out of your curves by pairing something form-fitting with something that fits a little loosely. For example, pair your wide leg jeans and flared shirts with a torso-hugging top. Wearing skinny jeans or a sleek skirt? Put on a blousy, looser top to go with it.
Add a Jacket
Fall layers can make you look heavier or wider than you’d like, but only when you’re wearing layers the wrong way. Dress for fall fashion by slipping into a short, cropped jacket. This won’t add a lot of extra bulk, and it will accentuate your bust and make your waist look smaller by contrast. Choose a tapered jacket or one that falls short of your waist to make your midsection look thinner.
Don’t Forget a Belt
You can add a belt to anything to draw the eye toward your waist and your curves. A long sweater, a business jacket, a tunic-style blouse — they all pair well with a belt. If you’re wearing jeans, tuck in your top and add a belt to give your waist a tapered look and make your curves pop. The trick is to wear a wider belt rather than a skinny one, because this will make your waist look smaller.
Choose straight leg pants and jeans if you’re uncomfortable with the size of your thighs and rear end. The straight leg style has an elongating, slimming effect that can make your hips, backside, thighs and legs look smaller. Pair these pants with a top that falls just below your waist to create a long, lean look.
Add a Neck Accessory
A low statement necklace or scarf has a way of making your torso look longer, which creates a great slimming effect. Eye-catching neckwear can also draw the eyes up and away from problem areas around your stomach and waist.
Wrap Up in V-Necks
Wrap tops and V-necks are a great choice if you don’t like the size of your midsection. These tops emphasize the bust and make your middle area look a little sleeker and slimmer. Pair these tops with high-waisted pants that create a long, lean line from the waist down.
Flatter Your Form This Fall
You should always dress to flatter your shape, and fall layers makes it easy to accentuate the parts of your body that you like — while downplaying the ones you don’t want people to notice as much. Dress in the right form-flattering fashions, and look stylish all season long.