The Outfit that Should Never Be: Common Fit Mistakes & Easy Fixes

LOFT Top (old, kind of similar), Macy’s Snakeskin Denim (similar), Kelsi Dagger Boots

This past weekend my best girlfriend from college came into town. We have been friends for nearly four years and her quirky style has always been a source of inspiration for me. But standing at 5’3′ tall, with a body type that couldn’t be more different than mine, things that look good on her do not always suit me. Case and point: the outfit that should never be.

I decided to dress as she would for this shoot to show that sometimes trends that look great on others, do not always work on those with curvier bodies or figures that need some flattering.

First and foremost is this top. I originally purchased this top for the sole purpose of being tucked into high-waisted skirts and pants as seen in this post. Worn here untucked it makes me look like I have more of a stomach than I do, and does nothing to create curves.

Second, I decided to “peg” my pants as my friend called it, by loosely tucking them into my short boots. I spoke a while ago about tucking jeans into boots, but clearly this example is not the same and is not nearly as flattering. These jeans are snakeskin printed and are already a little out of the box for someone with a curvier figure. Tucked into short boots in a contrasting color only makes hips look wider and legs stubbier. Finally, the length of the shirt in the back hits at my widest part creating width and adding the illusion of weight.

Now, a few Easy Alterations to make this outfit instantly more flattering:

1. Untuck pants and pull over shoes:┬áThis instantly elongates your leg as it allows the pants to continue longer towards the floor, and the boots don’t truncate the leg line.

2. Tuck the front of the shirt into pants: This elongates your leg in the front and keeps the shirt from cutting you off in your widest part. It also pulls the shirt up in the back having the same effect.

3. Pull the shirt off one shoulder: this creates some fun lines and dimension in the outfit and brings the interest back up towards your face and away from the wider part of your body.

How do you “alter” clothes to make them more flattering?

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