Sunday, December 14, 2008

DIY Fashion Makeover in 5 Days: Day Three: Look Better in Your Clothes
DIY Fashion Makeover in 5 Days
Day Three: Look Better in Your Clothes
 | Flatter your figure  | Change Your Look  | Get Fit
Cynthia Nellis   from Cynthia Nellis

You now know what's essential and what's hot. Now it's time to kick up your DIY makeover a notch and customize a new look that's right for you.

Before you can really decide what flatters your figure, you'll need an honest assessment of your figure flaws (too busty, big hips, etc.) and a realistic sense of what you hope to accomplish (look taller, dress sexier, appear younger).

The best way to get a sense of your overall shape is to stand in front of a full-length mirror and squint: you can see an outline of your body that way.

What do you see?

A body that is narrower through the shoulders and fuller through the hips is usually called a pear or bottom-heavy shape.

A body that is wider through the shoulders, tapering down to narrower hips can either be top-heavy or athletic depending on how physically fit you are.

A body that is almost equally full through the shoulders and hips with a smaller waist is called an hourglass figure.

Of course there are even many variations within these general figure types: long torso, short waisted, tall, petite, etc. And you'll need to know about every problem you may face on the road to looking better in your clothes.

Most of us assess our bodies only in terms of our weight (heavy, on-target or slim) and forget all of the beautiful variations that we can show off and conceal using fashion techniques.

So take some time to really assess what your shape is about.

Flatter your figure
  Easy figure fixes
Every woman has something about her body she'd like to hide, whether it's heavy thighs, a pudgy tummy or a too-round bottom. With just a few visual tricks, your problem areas will disappear and let your true beauty shine through!
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  Look slimmer
Don't cover up your figure with tent dresses! Just follow a few rules of proportion and accent your best features.
  Seem taller
Add inches to your height visually with these 11 elongating tips.
Change Your Look
  Look Younger
Dress younger and you'll look and feel better, too. Try our 10 easy tips for getting in touch with your inner teenager.
  Dress Sexier
Get sexy without looking sleazy. It's easier than you think! Choose unexpected touches, glam essentials and sensuous fabrics. Perfect tips for holiday parties, romantic evenings or any time you want to get in touch with your inner goddess.
Get Fit
  Measure Up
Find out how to measure to get your true size.
Cynthia Nellis
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