Know your size
Squeezing into a smaller size will never flatter your body. Minimise bumps and bulges by buying clothes that fall perfectly. If you’re between sizes on a gorgeous piece, buy the looser one and have it tailored. This also goes for bras and undergarments. A woman’s bra size can fluctuate from year to year with changes in weight, muscle tone, pregnancy and age, according to Bare Necessities. A well-fitting bra won’t ride up in the back, look wrinkled in the cups, have straps that slip, or an underwire that digs.
Invest in shapewear
Embrace a slimmer silhouette with properly fitting shapewear like Spanx. “You don’t have to wear something that will totally change your shape,” Milena Joy, an image consultant, told WebMD. Joy advises targeting trouble spots like the butt, thighs, and stomach. She also warns against sizing down in shapewear – doing so can cause bulges and dangerously compress your body’s organs.
Watch your hemline
Jeans and trousers should hit at the ankle or an inch below. Dark colours with a slightly tapered leg and no pleating are the most flattering. Choose pencil skirts that hit mid-thigh, right above the knee, or right below the knee. Any shorter can make your legs look heavier (unless you’re petite), and any longer can make them appear stubby. Stay away from capris, long or baggy shorts, and shapeless calf-length skirts, advises StyleCaster.