No matter what size or shape you are, some definition at your natural waistline is very flattering. A woman will look slimmer if the area below her bust to her waist is enhanced rather than hidden. Run both palms down the side of your torso and take note where it is most narrow. This is your natural waist line. It will vary from woman to woman, and you may have a high waist or it could be quite low, but it is important to know where it is, so you can enhance it. And here are my top tips for defining and enhancing your waistline.
1. Wear a belt. If you have really long legs or are not yet confident with wearing a belt, choose a narrow belt that tones in with what you are wearing, and does not have too much buckle detail. Make sure you wear the belt on your natural waist, as the belt draws attention to the area where it is place. So, if you wear it lower across your tummy, that is the area the eye will be drawn to.
2. Use a fitted jacket, short cardigan or a vest to add definition.
3. Choose an empire line. An empire line has a seam below the bust and above the waist without little or no gathering, drawing attention to that area.
4. Look for garments that have a triangle or two at the waist. This creates a visual illusion of a narrower waist, and is a very useful tip for rectangle body shaped women. The triangle may be created using colour, seams, pattern or rouching.
You should be able to immediately use some of this information with garments and accessories you already have in your wardrobe, and keep it in the back of your mind next time you are shopping for clothes.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.