How Body Contouring Fashion Can Work for Your Body Type

Body contouring is becoming more and more popular, though it can seem like a big commitment. If you’re not ready to take the plunge just yet, consider other ways you can slim your figure. There are ways to dress that can help to smooth your skin out and show off your curves. Check out these fashion hacks below.

A Good Foundation

Smoothing undergarments are an inexpensive and easy way to make your figure appear slimmer. They give the appearance of body contouring by using gentle compression on any or all of your problem areas, including your stomach, hips, and thighs. They’re most effective under dresses, skirts, and other garments that tend to hug your body. And don’t worry—even when sucking in your legs and butt, you can still show off your favorite assets.

If you’re pear- or apple-shaped, go for an undergarment that focuses on your lower body. If you have a more hourglass shape, you’ll want something that comes up to your bust, and for a boxier shape, you’ll want something that focuses on the part of your body you most want to highlight.

Size Matters

If you choose to wear a blousy top, stick to a slim leg pant or elongating pencil skirt. The opposite is also true: If you’re wearing looser pants, pair them with a tighter top to keep your shape. Wearing clothes that are loose and billowy both on top and on bottom will bury your natural shape. Additionally, wearing a tight dress might be a great way to show off your figure, but try to avoid wearing tops and pants that are too tight—it can give the illusion of bloating.

The best dresses for an hourglass shape have a belt or some sort of cinching in the middle. If the bottom half of your body is bigger than the top, try an empire or A-line waist, and if you consider yourself bigger on top, try a dress with strong shoulder designs that flairs out at the bottom.

You want eyes to be drawn to your favorite body part. That could be having embellishments on your dress’ or skirt’s waist, a great neckline, or a colorful bottom-half. You also want patterns and blocked colors near the body parts you want to call attention to. If you want to show off your butt, for example, pair a bright skirt with a neutral top. Also, if your bottom half is bigger, you may need to go with a longer length skirt to avoid your butt hanging out.

Wearing the Pants

Jeans are a saving grace because they’re great dressed up or down. Pull your hair into a bun or ponytail, throw on your favorite heels and earrings, swipe on some bright lipstick, and you’re ready to go. Dark jeans paired with dark-colored heels tend to give the impression of longer legs. For skirts that show some leg, a nude heel is great for the same effect. With slacks, it’s better to stick with flat-front pants if you want to appear thinner and quite frankly neater. It instantly minimizes the appearance of a tummy because it doesn’t create lines across your abdomen.

For those having trouble losing excess weight, body contouring is a great solution. The result not only improves your appearance but can also enhance your shape by smoothing out your skin. Advanced laser liposuction procedures, like Smartlipo®, permanently remove fat cells in the treated area, with minimal downtime. If you have a tight dress or favorite pair of jeans you’re struggling to fit into, it may be the choice for you.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to most things and certainly not in fashion. Playing dress up and figuring out what works best for your unique body type is part of the fun, though these substitutions may not produce the same results as the real thing. While there are many ways to achieve the look you want from finding the right clothing to liposuction, go with what you’re most comfortable with. Ultimately self-confidence is what makes you beautiful.

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