Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated July 5, 2021)
We've all seen how the media portrays the "ideal" woman: tall, slender, airbrushed looking face, significant assets. It's in the commercials we see on television, many movies in the theatres, on magazine covers, and on the mannequins in the department stores. However, the large majority of the population doesn't resemble Barbie and Ken. Take a walk downtown, around a college campus, or in the local mall and you'll see people of all shapes, all heights, and all weights. The problem is that a lot of people dress for the body they want rather than the body they actually have and usually the results aren't stellar. You can look good with just about any figure, the key is knowing how to do it.
Because of the distorted images we see about what reality should be, many people accept that and strive for images that aren't realistic. I believe that one of the reasons that so many people are unhappy with their bodies is that what they wear makes it so what they see in the mirror is worse than what it really is. You see all the time people who wear clothes that aren't flattering and you wonder why they wear what they do.
The first rule of looking good in your current figure is to wear modest clothing. Even stick thin girls have love handles when wearing super low jeans and cutoff tank tops. Besides the fact that immodest clothing has the tendency to look trashy, it has the unsurprising tendency to highlight our not-so-favorite areas. Regardless of what your figure is, thin or otherwise, immodest clothing doesn't always pay off. Very few people can get away with always looking flattering in such attire.
The second rule of looking good in your current figure is to wear clothing that fits. So many people buy clothes in the size they want to be rather than the size they actually are, leading to many women looking bigger than they actually are. If you just buy the right size, it does a world of difference and even makes you look thinner than clothing in the wrong size does. Many women out there who wear the right size and the cuts that flatter and they look great! You may not be happy with your current body size, but wearing the clothes you wish you could wear won't improve your look and will probably result in you being even more unhappy with your appearance.
Dressing for your figure isn't resigning yourself to your body type (that is usually always in your power to change), it's actually the best way to flatter yourself and make your body look the best it can. Remember, wearing flattering clothing and feeling good about your appearance is crucial in being happy with yourself!
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