The smallest details can make an outfit go south very quickly. They are the reason you look in the mirror and think, something just isn’t right. You don’t feel great in it and don’t know why. It was so cute when you bought it and the fabric is beautiful. You love the color. So why does it not look amazing? I will tell you the secrets I teach my clients when we are going through their wardrobe and shopping. Once you know the key things to look for and avoid, it makes all the difference. Most importantly, it saves you money because you know what not to purchase.
A few culprits to look out for:
Pants with slanted side pockets
These can add “weight” or “width” to your hips if they are pulled open and stick out when you put them on. If you want to minimize your hips, avoid pants with this type of pocket. However if you want to add a little emphasis to your hips to balance out your upper body, go for it.
Pay attention to where your skirt, dress and pant hemlines hit on your legs. Ideally you want skirts and dresses to hit mid-knee or just above the knee. This way you can see where the leg gets smaller right below the knee. This is the most flattering hem for most women. If you are wearing cropped or ankle pants, you want to make sure they hit just below the smallest part of the calf and never mid-calf. When the pant ends where your leg is the smallest, it is the most flattering and slimming.
Sleeves that bell out
Whether on a shirt or jacket, bell sleeves can add weight and width as well. When you are looking in the mirror with your arms down by your sides, notice wherever the bells hit the body it will appear wider. When you compare this to a shirt that hugs your arms, you will see the difference.
Shirts with wings
This is what I like to call shirts that do not have definition at the underarm. Most of the time, these are not a flattering option. You want your shirt to show off your arms and waist, so why wear something that looks like a sack with no definition whatsoever?
Patterns matching up at the seam
Nothing cheapens an item faster than the patterns not lining up at the seam. Always look for this before purchasing something patterned.
Length of a shirt or blazer
Ideally, a shirt or blazer should end at the widest part of your hip. This could be why your shorter blazer looks a little off when you put it on. Now this is not for every woman, but it is a good rule of thumb.
When denim has a lighter, bleached out wash on the thighs or butt it can make those areas appear wider than the solid areas. Use this to your advantage if you need to balance out the upper part of the body, but avoid these bold washes if you want to slim your lower half. Look for denim with a solid wash from top to bottom for a slimming look.
With these in mind, I challenge you to look through your wardrobe with new eyes and purge or alter any items that don’t measure up. When you are shopping, keep these in mind when you are deciding whether or not to take that item home. Every new addition to your wardrobe needs to make you look and feel your best, so make it work for it.