Smart Shopping for Figure Flattery
We all know the feeling: our hearts race as our eyes latch onto an item in an online catalogue; we race to check it out, fastest fingers first; we wait impatiently as we imagine how our wardrobes will be complete once that item wings its way over to us; the blessed package arrives; we open it up and try it on… we find the item doesn’t make us look the same way the model does in the catalogue.
Online shopping is a quick way of finding out that not everything which fits will flatter. Figure flattery is so much more than measurements on paper; it’s also about knowing yourself, loving yourself, and shopping intelligently to make the most of what you have. Here, we present 3 tips to shop your way to figure flattery:
- Know your compliments and classics
Sometimes, others see more than we give them credit for. You may focus on the way that dress draws attention to your arms, but others will see how that shade of blue makes you glow. Pay attention to which articles of your wardrobe (including accessories) draw compliments from those around you, and keep these compliments in mind when you shop for new additions.
Also note which items make you happiest, and which you reach for on days when you want to look particularly good, or when you don’t know what to wear. The truth is, everyone has their own wardrobe classics. Not everyone’s idea of a classic is a striped Breton top, khaki capris, and ballet flats; sometimes, your classic could be a loose lace dress and flip-flops.
Over time, classics and compliments can give you a good, cohesive idea of what brings out the best in you. What’s more, figure flattery shouldn’t expire as the fashion seasons pass by. A deep Marsala red which brings out the brown in your eyes won’t get any less flattering when the colour of the year changes!
- Happy girls are the prettiest girls
Knowing what looks best on you will not help if you do not translate that into your own wardrobe. Self-confidence and happiness often make the prettiest girls, to paraphrase a quotation from Audrey Hepburn.
Once you know what looks good on you, use it as your strongest weapon; if you’ve got it, flaunt it! Wearing a trumpet hem dress when everyone else is in a baby doll or high-waist cut can make you feel like the odd one out, but if you feel and look good in it, you’ll be able to pull it off better than anyone else can.
On that note, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. One temptation of online shopping is getting carried away with what looks good on everyone else, but not you. Stick to what you know, and work it until you’ve perfected it. Figure flattery is like any sport or art: you’ve got to hone your practice till you master the skill!
- Understand that every trend has its own iterations
That said, don’t disregard a trend simply because it doesn’t look like you. For every trend that hits the runways, several iterations will trickle down to the stores, and you’ll be in a good position to pick one that best suits your figure.
For example, if you like the look of strict accordion pleats but aren’t sure how it’ll look on your wider hips, pick a skirt with a softer flow and distracting print. Our Block Party Pleated Midi Skirt combines soft pastels with a downward chevron pattern, which points the eyes down and away from the hips. The end result incorporates a trend in the most flattering way!
Alternatively, if you like the cut-out trend, but tend towards more conservative, feminine styles, try using lace as cut-outs! Our La Bamba Palm Dress uses strategic lace paneling to create an alluring cut-out effect that’s super flattering without flashing too much skin.
At the end of the day, make online shopping work for you, not the other way around. Use online shopping as a tool to curate a wardrobe that –more than flattering your figure– makes you happy. That’s what matters most!
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