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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

July 18, 2012

Ask Sarah Stright: Our fashion expert will answer your questions


NEW CASTLE — Q: I have recently lost a significant amount of weight and am still working on losing more. What are some items I can wear that will flatter my new shape but hide the parts I'm still working on?

A. First of all, congratulations! Your hard work should definitely be celebrated. There are a few simple items that will be great for your new shape as well as in the future: Jackets, belts, and wrap dresses/shirts. Jackets that fit you well will be extremely flattering. Look for ones with side seams that give you the idea of an hour-glass shape. Even better? If the jacket has a band around your natural waist, it will highlight the smallest part of you. (Sarah offers some great options today on

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Belts also will be a great option for cinching in your waist. Plus, they add in a great pop of color or texture. Wear them over jackets, cardigans, sweaters, or any other item that may be a bit shapeless. Just as with a band on a jacket, when positioned at your natural waist, they highlight your smallest part. In general, look for a wider belt for a larger frame and a thinner belt for a smaller frame. This will keep your belt in proportion to your size and will give you your best look.

Finally, wrap dresses and shirts give essentially the same shape as both belts and jackets. Oftentimes, they tie at your natural waist. Plus, they usually flair out slightly below the tie, which will give you a great shape and conceal anything that you’re still looking to hide. They’re ultra comfortable and come in such amazing patterns and colors.

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(Do you have any fashion questions for me? I'd love to hear from you! Email me at And for more style inspiration, visit my personal fashion blog, Coming Unstitched.)


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