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How to Dress Fuller Upper Arms

How to Dress Fuller upper Arms


Some women feel more comfortable with their upper arms covered. If you have fuller arms or feel self conscious about them then here are some style tips that can enhance your look without adding bulk or drawing attention.
How to Dress Fuller Upper Arms
  • Avoid tighter fitting sleeves & straight sleeve hems. A straight hemline creates a horizontal line and can draw attention to an area by creating a widening effect. You do not want a horizontal line drawing attention to the widest part of your arms.
  • Styles such as batwing, butterfly, fluted or flutter  sleeves  have a more vertical sleeve line which is flattering. They are also not constricting in anyway.
  • Wear a sleeveless top with a lightweight kimino, shrug or cardigan over the top. Scarves can also be a great cover up without adding bulk.
  • Sheer sleeves can be worn under a sleeveless dress or top.
  • Wearing lightweight fabrics that breathe such as cotton, silk, bamboo will ensure you stay cooler.
  • Draw attention away from your arms by focussing attention on other areas of your body. Create a focal point elsewhere by wearing a necklace, earrings, brooch, belt or even coloured shoes.

The style & hemline of the sleeves you wear can make a difference to the look of your arms







How to Dress a Small Bust

How to Dress a Small Bust


Our body shapes, proportions and body variations are unique to each of us. No matter what size and shape we are we can utilise the elements of line, colour, pattern and detail to enhance our features and express our style.

If you have a smaller bust and wish to create the illusion of a fuller look  here are some suggestions on How to Dress them:-

  • Add volume by placing detail such as gathers, frills, ruching, bows and pleats at your neckline.
  • Wearing prints and patterns (especially with rounded detail) can create the illusion of volume.
  • Higher necklines will enhance and flatter your bust.
  • Add a third piece such as a jacket, cardigan, shrug or vest.
  • Pockets can be your friend.  Wear t-shirts, tops & shirts and coats with pocket detail at the bust area.
  • Play with colour by dressing your top half in lighter or brighter colours as darker 
  • Longer, slimmer multiple necklaces that fall over your bust or longer can be worn. By wearing multiple, smaller and finer accessories your bust area can appear larger.
  • Wearing shorter necklaces will draw the eye upwards and take the focus away from your bust area.
  • A long scarf worn hanging down the front will also add volume to a smaller bust area.
  • Accentuating your waist by wearing a belt (if you have a defined waist) can make your bust area more enhanced.
  • A well fitted bra will always enhance any look.

how to dress a small bust


If you have a smaller bust than you have the advantage of being able to wear a variety of styles.


How to Dress a Defined Short Waist

How to Dress a Defined Short Waist


‘To belt or not to belt’ is a question many of my clients ask me.

Some women are short waisted and others may be long waisted. Whether you have a defined or undefined waist is another factor to be considered when dressing your waist. None of this is dependent on your size. The answer to this depends on your body shape and body  proportions. Body shape is determined by your skeletal structure and how your shoulders, waist and hips relate to each other. Not all body shapes look great wearing belts as some people have a less defined waist and are more straight up and down.

How  to determine if you are short waisted- Being short waisted means you do not have  a lot of space between the top of your hip bone & the bottom of your rib cage. Your natural waist sits fairly close to your under bust area.

Let’s look at how to dress a defined short waist and how the type of belt and colour can affect the look.

  • A narrow belt works well for a short waist because it doesn’t take up as much space as a wider belt and will make you look more balanced. A wide belt may feel uncomfortable and definitely not be as flattering as a narrow one.
  • Tucking your tops in can sometimes create a cut off look and make your waist appear shorter than it is, especially if you wear a belt in a contrasting colour.
  • Wearing your top out and belting over the top creates a waist focus while giving the illusion of lengthening your torso.
  • A  belt in a contrasting colour will draw more attention to your waist area.
  • A belt in  a colour that coordinates with your outfit will provide waist detail without being a focus.
  • A curved hip belt can also lengthen your torso. Remember when you wear a belt in a contrasting colour this creates a focus point.
  • Wearing an outfit in one colour with the same coloured belt will create a taller and slimmer look.

Have fun playing with how to wear your belts to create the look that works for you.

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