Tabu is a sitagita-ite, with a passion for fashion! She shares her thoughts with our other viewers on Fashion Guidelines..........
Style is something that is uniquely yours and provides an insight into your personality. I find most of the people genuinely believe that their size presents a barrier to their style because they are severely limited in the colours and designs they can wear.The truth is much more positive. Everyone regardless of size, can develop a personal style that makes the most of their positive features and minimizes the negative ones.
All you need to do is to keep in mind the following basic guidelines
If you are of average height and size, your main concern should be to avoid designs and looks that create an imbalance, or shorten your figure. Choose a single colour dress but if colour break is desirable for a change, then wear colours which are close in intensity or which will be carried upwards. Select neutral and basic colours for business wear. Choose designs with vertical lines. Avoid adding oversize sleeves, bold prints, bulky fabric, too many colour breaks, and dresses that are too long.
Short Broad Figure
Your main concern should be to avoid designs and looks which create an imbalance and shorten your figure. Always remember that a horizontal line will shorten, add width to your body and attract attention. Bulky fabric also adds width and can visually shorten your look. Use a mono look from head to toe or adding a contrasting colour at the neckline. Tapered dresses give length to your look. Balance head size with a soft, medium-volume hair style. To look taller and narrower, avoid fitted curvy lines, too much fullness, too many details and large patterned sleeves.
Short, Petite Figure
You must choose designs that give you height and avoid anything that overwhelms you. Colour breaks will create a shortening effect for you. Anything fancy worn downwards like attractive footwear, will attract the eye downwards making you visibly lose inches. Stay away from bulky and heavy fabrics - they have nothing in common with your look.
Tall, Thin Figure
Use shoulder pads on your dresses. Heavy fabrics should be avoided as the fabric will fall heavy and make your arms look skinny and can create an appearance of being too heavy for the body it is on. Use a contrast colour for piping on your neckline. Avoid vertical lines, a mono look, clingy designs and fabrics. Neutral colour dresses and patterns like checks will suit this type. The taller you are, the longer your kurtha length can be.
Tall, Broad Figure
This figure shape benefits from wearing a mixture of colours. Select designs with vertical lines. These have a slimming effect and create interest. Choose simple styles with enough fabric to allow easy movement. Too much fullness and a bulky fabric makes a large person look even larger. Choose to wear loose-fitting dresses. Wear dresses with break in colour. Have a middle panel in a different colour to your side panels and sleeves. Avoid wearing clinging fabric, horizontal stripes and short kurtas.