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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

August 1, 2012

Fashion with Sarah Stright: This week, Sarah answers your questions

NEW CASTLE — Q.  I wear a size 22.  What are some simple styles I can follow for almost any occasion to look slimmer?

A.  Clothing is all about celebrating what you love about your body, and camouflaging what you aren't so crazy about.  We all have those areas of ourselves that we would like to change, but if you focus on highlighting your best features, you'll always look your best.  What follows are a few helpful hints for looking leaner.  (To the right are some examples of outfits for casual, work, and date wear.)

1. Draw attention to your natural waist (if you bend to the side, this is where your torso "creases").  This is the smallest part of your body and if you highlight this area, everything below it will look longer and leaner.  A few ways to do this- jackets, dresses, or shirts with a band at the waist.  This band will visually draw the eye to your natural waist.  

2. You may think clothes that are black and oversize are hiding you- in fact they're doing the opposite.  Clothes that are oversize will not only make you look sloppy, but larger.  Wearing clothes that are tailored to fit you perfectly will always make you look thinner.  Black can be slimming- but only if you are wearing it appropriately (as in, wearing clothing that fits you).  But don't be afraid of color and pattern!  

3. When it comes to pattern, don't shy away.  Patterns are also great for camouflaging.  The general rule is to wear patterns that are in proportion to your size.  If you're on the petite size, wear patterns that are smaller.  If you're larger, wear patterns that are a larger.  

4. A v-neck shirt will help to elongate your neck.  This has the effect of making  your torso look longer and opening you up.  

5. Try a wrap dress or shirt, this also helps to draw the eye to your natural waist.  

6. A dark wash straight leg jean will be your best bet- make sure that it fits well at your widest part and goes straight down from there.  

7. Stay away from a lot of elaborate details- such as ruffles- as this will just add visual volume to your frame.  

8. As for shoes, be wary of those that have ankle straps if you are on the shorter side.  These will cut you off at the ankles and make you look shorter and boxier.  But be sure to have fun with your accessories!  

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