If you’re anything like many of the women I’ve chatted with in the past few weeks – including moi – you might be feeling somewhat…out of sorts with how your clothes are fitting lately
Honestly. I get it. Only too well.
It’s just NOT RIGHT that those festive goodies can taste so damn good going down…mmmm the stuffing and gravy, the Sweet Georgia Brown’s (if you haven’t had them , you must), the rum & eggnog, mmmmm, the Schwarties Hashbrowns…. Whoa – sorry you lost me for a moment. Get back on track, Leslie.
But 3 weeks later the only taste left behind is discomfort, regret and resolution to work it all off!!
And if you didn’t over indulge and your pants still fit fine…..well, sister I salute you!!
And to all of you ladies who are left struggling to feel at ease in your clothes because you gained a few pounds over the holidays, this blog’s for you!
Here’s a few key strategies to help you choose clothes which help you feel a little more ease and a little less squeeze:
- Try wearing a ruched surplice top or dress which both skillfully camouflage a tummy AND create the illusion of a more defined waist. Pop a smart looking cardi or blazer over top and you’ve just upped the slim-factor. Push up the sleeves, and you’ve jacked it up even more.
- Wear a higher waisted pant which holds your tummy in rather than digging in and creating a confidence-stealing muffin top.
- No tucking or belts. Ever. If you are concerned about drawing attention to a tum, these are two golden rules to live by.
- Choose V-neck tunics or blouses which are fitted at the bust and which flow over your midsection.
Hips & Bum
- Wear a well fitting long cardigan or blazer (which ends BELOW the widest part of your hips) over a colourful button down. The long cardi/blazer covers your bottom while the colourful collared shirt frames your face.
- Dark colored ponte pants are your friend. Ponte fabric is forgiving and flows over your curves give or take a few pounds. If they have a skinny/narrow bottom, balance with a boot or elongate with a heel in the same colour as your pants.
- Wear a Capri shaper. I’m not talking the “bullet-proof” kind – unless you like post-Christmas torture. Light to moderate control shapers, smooth out and firm up your fanny and thighs.
Just like my American Express Card…I don’t leave home without ‘em.
Final Tip for ALL Figures
If you’re feeling a little like a Chips-Ahoy cookie like I am lately (soft & chunky), select tops and jackets with a defined shoulder (meaning your top, sweater, cardi or blazer has a shoulder seam at the edge of the shoulder).
This creates the illusion of stronger posture and pulls the eye out to the edge of the body making you appear slimmer.
Most of all, be kind and gentle to yourself.
Dress to delight YOU.
Dress to feel your best.
And know that feeling like a Chips-Ahoy cookie is temporary.
Create a great (and of course, stylish) day,
About Leslie Davies
I teach women “of a more interesting age” how to claim their confidence, feel put-together & stylish every day. Without wasted emotion, time and money on clothes and accessories which don’t fit, flatter or feel good.