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POST BABY I had a question a couple of weeks ago from a client who was struggling with her post-baby body in her working life. During pregnancy she wore maternityappropriate dresses and tunics under jackets. For maternity leave at home, it was T-shirts and comfy pants and now, returning to work with an entirely new shape, she was finding it difficult to disguise her leftover baby bulge.

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Here’s few body flattering tips if you've recently gained weight. - WEAR PRINT Contrary to common belief, print is incredibly slimming and flattering. Where a plain colour will sit on your bulges catching the light, print will hide them. Choose a print that is appropriate in size for you; a medium-sized woman should wear a mediumsized print, whereas a petite gal should choose a small print. Look for colours that flatter you and you’re good to go. - GRAB A BLAZER Jackets are the best friend of anyone who is carrying extra weight (and pretty good for anyone who isn’t too). A jacket will give a curvy figure shape through the torso, define the shoulders and draw the eye inward making you appear slimmer. These are magic when worn over a print as our eye will always find the print.

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- TRY A “FIT AND FLARE” DRESS These dresses create shape through your body so that you don’t have to. Find one with a wider-set shoulder that skims through your waist and then flares at the hem. The structured shape of this garment means you appear to have a waist even if the reality is quite different. - WEAR LIGHT COLOUR UNDER DARK Lighter colour reflects more light when put against deeper tones. When worn under a darker colour, the lighter tone will also attract the eye inwards, making your torso look narrower.

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- GO FOR THE DRAPE Soft fabrics that drape and move around the body can hide a lot of figure challenges. Watch the volume here though as the idea is to keep your overall silhouette slim. - CHOOSE ASYMMETRICAL LINES One of the most flattering choices you can make when dressing is asymmetrical details as they make it difficult to easily compare one side to the other. Diagonals, handkerchief hemlines and curved hems are all good choices here. - STRONG VERTICALS WORK MAGIC This doesn't necessarily mean stripes but vertical lines create the illusion of height and length. Look for centre details (like plackets), ties, pleats, contrast details and zips. - GET YOUR SPANX ON Shape wear is fabulous stuff. It smooths bumps making your garments glide over the top, will hold in your tummy and lift your butt. Huge advances in the technology around these products mean the options are almost limitless. From fullbody suits to hold everything in place to a simple, sheer, tummy-trimming brief there's something for everyone.

The joy of dressing well is when your garments fit, flatter, and make you feel fabulous. At Signature Style we know that, regardless of your shape, there are simple tricks to looking great.


Verve September 2015 #Issue 115  
Verve September 2015 #Issue 115  

Auckland's favourite free magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, travel, pass...