Can you Change your Body Shape?

Yes visually you can!

You can lose weight and build up muscle to change your body shape but you can never change your body structure. That is why your Body Type always remains the same whatever your size. 

But YOU CAN CERTAINLY change the way your body shape LOOKS by the way you dress. 

With a clever use of COLOR, DESIGN and STYLE you can create an optical illusion so that your body shape does in fact look different! 

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Use Light and Dark

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Dark colors RECEDE and will make you look smaller while light colors come FORWARD and make you look larger.  

Enhance your best features with light or bright colors and hide a problem area with darker shades. 

Large bust and slim hips? Light bright colors and shiny fabrics will draw the eye - so keep your darker colors to the top and allow the eye to be drawn to slim hips. 

Small bust and larger hips? Keep darker colors to the bottom half of your body and bring the eye upwards with a brighter or lighter shade.

  • Wear your lightest color on your top half to draw the eye, you immediately look taller and slimmer.
  • The lighter top (right) draws the eye and the loose fabric creates a larger top half which balances the width of the hips. Adding heels, even a small wedge, will lengthen the legs. 
  • The cut of your pants makes a difference too. Excess fabric makes hips look bigger and cut off legs make you look wider/shorter; straight leg pants lengthen the leg.
  • You're in control with the way you use color. If you have a large bust and like to play it down avoid shiny or sparkly fabrics. If you enjoy the attention go for it!
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Wide leg pants and top from Chico's

Use Color and Pattern

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Color and patterns also draw the eye - so use them creatively. Right and left dresses above - does your eye instinctively go to the color and pattern part of the figure first? In the centre the V design on the bodice and optical illusion skirt creates a narrow silhouette - instant slim.

Whatever your Body Type you can influence the way you look. Take the Body Type Quiz then consult the relevant section and see how to dress to flatter your own figure. 

If you want to specifically disguise a problem area, see how to dress your own body shape and you'll find easy answers to most of your problems.

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Use Style

Hardly anyone has a perfect figure but there are easy ways to balance every Body Type.

Check out the styling tips for each:

And if you have a particular 'figure challenge' - wide hips, worried about your arms etc. - there are lots of ways you can dress to disguise or camouflage your concern.

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