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9.06.2016

Clever Clobber For Correcting Body Imperfections

Normally, in these sorts of posts I'll start with the body part imperfection in question and then explain how to correct it. This time, I'm turning it totally on it's head and starting with the item of clothing and showing how it can (or can't) work for you.

We've all got bits that we hate about ourselves, I've yet to come across a woman that likes never mind loves her body. Often all that is needed is a bit of correctional dressing. And as I've been lapping up all this seasons loveliness, I've seen items of clothing that I'd think ah yes that would be brilliant for a small bust or high waist or wide hips. Thought it was about time that I put all my thoughts in one place.

Here goes....







Who is it for?
Women without a waist and/or carrying a little weight around this area.

What does it do?
The triangle shaped ruffle gives the impression of a waist.
The pattern detracts from any lumpy bits in this area. A plain fabric wouldn't do the job half as well.

Who should avoid this?
Anyone who carries weight across their hips. The triangle shape of the ruffle will give the illusion of width in this area.

Foot note: Red is the colour of the season!




Who is it for?
Women who want to disguise a thick waist line and/or big tummy

What does it do?
The geometric pattern of this jumper prevents the eye from settling on any particular area. And let's not forget the loose fit.

Who should avoid this?
Busty hourglasses. These women should always, always have waist definition.

Footnote: the really unusual pattern and colours makes this jumper look very expensive!





Who are these for?
Women who are bum and thigh conscious.

What do they do?
Traditional jeans have a contrast yellow stitching at the seams, waistband and around the pockets. What does this do? Well it's kind of like drawing a frame around your bum with the yellow stitching, or hilighting the hips. Hmmmmm, not always a good thing if your problem areas are you bum and hips. Far better to avoid these and go for jeans with tonal stitching.  The absence of contrast stitching gives a very flat finish meaning that you aren't hi-lighting anything.

Who should avoid them?
No one! 

Foot note: I keep hearing great things about the Dorothy Perkins Edens. Never tried them myself but apparently they're extremely comfortable and don't 'grow' on you.

V By Very Pleated Bib Front Blouse £32



Who is this for?
Women with small busts

What does it do?
The ruffle across the chest builds up this area, giving the illusion of a bigger bust and bringing everything into proportion.

Who should avoid it?
Big busted women. The ruffles will make you look bigger (unless that's the aim of course)!!

Footnote: Although a fashion piece, I honestly think this blouse will be a wardrobe favourite for many years. The detailing is exquisite (for that money too).


Callington Wrap Jumper £99


Who is this for?
Big busted women and hourglasses

What does it do?
The open neckline is very flattering for big busts.
The body skimming cut will hilight an hourglasses curves whilst the ruching disguises any lumps or bumps

Who should avoid it?
Flat chested women may struggle with the neckline
Women carrying a lot of weight around the waist. The cut won't be super flattering on you.

Footnote: Baukjen has a knack of making clothes for real women.


Pleated Panel Dress £29.99



Who is this for?
Straight up and down women with narrow shoulders and small busts (a column shape).

What does it do?
The ruffles on the shoulders build up this area giving some shape to a very straight form.
The pussy bow tie and detailing on the chest give the illusion of a bigger bust.

Who should avoid it?
Inverted V shapes (women with broad shoulders and narrower hips) may want to avoid this. The detailing above the waist line builds up this area making you look bigger than you really are.

Footnote: I'd love this to work on me but it won't!!!!


Wide Side Stripe Trousers £25



Who are they for?
Petites and ladies looking for the illusion of height.
Long bodied/short legs

What do they do?
You need to wear these as long as possible (but maybe not touching the floor - soggy hems and all that). This will give the illusion of a good couple of inches more in the leg as opposed to say a pair of skinnies which stop around the ankle so in effect cut you off at that point. The higher waistline will also correct long bodies as it tricks the eye into think that the waist is higher than it really is. They should balance out your top and bottom halves.

Who should avoid them?
Short bodies as they will add inches on the leg making your upper body appear shorter than ever.

Footnote: I appreciate that you may feel exposed around the bum if you tuck in as above but try a column of colour (wearing the same colour top to toe). You can leave the top untucked but the streamlined look will add vital inches to your frame as it works the verticals.


Pepe Jeans Venus Straight Legs £84.99 (15% off quoting FFTNHSEA)


Who are these for?
Short bodied/long legs

What do they do?
These jeans are low rise meaning they sit lower on the hips giving the illusion of a longer upper body. They should help balance out your top and bottom halves.

Who should avoid them?
Long bodies - the lower waistline will add a couple of inches to your upper body, making your legs look shorter and body longer.

Footnote: Low rise jeans are also good for women with curves (providing your top and bottom halves are in proportion). If you find that waist lines gape, try a lower rise which should be more comfortable.

Long Sleeve Ruffle Shirt £32



Who is this for?
Pear shapes (where hips are larger than shoulders)
Small busts

What does it do?
The triangle shape of the ruffle broadens the shoulders, making them appear wider and as a consequence, balances the hips.
For small busts, the ruffles build up this area, giving the illusion of a bigger rack!!

Who should avoid it?
Inverted triangles (where shoulders are broader than the hips). You don't want to hilight this area at all.

Footnote: I've tried this, it's gorgeous and the fabric has a lot of stretch in it too.


Green Patterned Coat £85



Who is it for?
Apple shapes (rounded upper body)

What does it do?
The slight flare of the cut will suit your shape but more importantly when left open, the straight up and down of the zip opening is very slimming.

Who should avoid it?
It's a pretty inoffensive coat for most but pear shapes might want to avoid those pocket flaps as they draw the eye to the hips.

Footnote: A coat that you'll have in your wardrobe for years!


Faux Leather Pencil Skirt £24 (25% off quoting NEW)


Who is it for?
Straight up and down body shapes

What does it do?
Flat hips suit this skirt shape, it's a very flattering style.

Who should avoid it?
Pear shapes and curvy hourglasses. You'll probably find that the waist band bags. The cut of the skirt is also very restrictive for your curves and will only serve to hilight this.

Footnote: burgundy is the colour of the season. But it also comes in a timeless black


Phew. So there we have it, a few things that caught my eye as I was browsing. I can't seem to flick through a catalogue without analysing the shape or the colour....busman's holiday and all that. Except for shoes. I can oooooh and ahhhhhh over shoes for hours. Every sense of reason leaves the room when I'm looking at footwear.

Off to enjoy the last of the summer with friends.

Tatty bye




4 comments on "Clever Clobber For Correcting Body Imperfections "
  1. Love these posts - so useful. Also loving that ruffle Next blouse. May have to swerve in to try it when I'm near a store again

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  2. This is just brilliant! Well done Donna, informative and funny :-)

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