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Health, Beauty & Fashion

Dress your best

Appearances count so dress well because clothes maketh the man, or the woman, in this case.
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - February 29, 2008
By: Sheila Lim
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Dress your best

Don’t we just love Oscar season? The glamour, the glitter… and the fashion faux pas! Just like an American Idol contender who picks the “wrong song”, a female Oscar attendee who makes a poor choice of gown (original couture or otherwise) for the red-carpet event can draw a lot of flak from critical and judgmental audiences.

Yes, picking the right outfit can be a tricky thing, even for those of us in the ordinary world. And it gets even more difficult as we age, as the pull of gravity causes pockets of fat to accumulate in areas like the upper arms, belly, hip, thighs and bottoms.

The key to looking good in whatever we wear is to learn how to select clothing that camouflages our body flaws and flatters us best:

  • Buy clothing that fits well. Tight outfits accentuate every inch of flab, while baggy clothes make you appear frumpy, and bigger than you actually are.

  • Avoid shiny and stretchy fabrics as they will highlight and cling to bulges you don’t wish to draw attention to.

  • Black is always a safe colour because it hides a multitude of flaws, but don’t end up with a drab wardrobe like Morticia Addams’! Choose colours that complement your skin tone and make you look more vibrant. But be careful not to go overboard in mixing and matching colours.

  • Fussy fabrics tend to make plus-size women look even bigger. If you don’t want to appear even larger, keep away from big, bold prints and fussy design details like frills and horizontal stripes.

  • Stick to clean, classic designs. Wearing tops and bottoms in monochromatic shades will help create an overall impression of length, and thus make you appear taller and slimmer.

  • Dresses with high empire waistlines may help hide a flabby tummy or broad hip, but if the cut is not right, you could keep people guessing if you’re an expectant mum or not! It’s much safer to stick to smartly tailored suits instead.

  • If you’re pear-shaped, wear softly pleated or flat-front trousers that emphasise your well-defined waist. Hipster trousers and A-line skirts can create a slimmer silhouette. Avoid short, tight skirts and flared skirts with pleats as these will accentuate the tops of your thighs and divert attention to the tummy area.


  • Tops should have attractive necklines that draw the eye to your upper body. They should be fitted and fall just above your hips so that your waistline is emphasised. If you have thick and jiggly upper arms, avoid sleeveless tops.

Having a wardrobe full of clothing won’t make you a fashionista. If you want to project a stylish image, junk ill-fitting outfits and start hitting the malls to find threads that’ll show off your figure more attractively.

Make a big fashion statement

Big girls, don’t cry! If you’re fretting over the lack of fashion choices to fit your generously proportioned figure, visit Double Spring Enterprise at Holland Shopping Centre.

This specialist boutique, which caters specifically to plus-sized women, carries an attractive selection of clothing ranging from UK sizes 14 – 26.

Feel great, look your best

Whether you’re in need of minimal or full-scale “revival therapy”, or want to stay immaculately groomed, put yourself in the good hands of the beauty therapists at La Reine de Beaute.

Top-quality products, including Dermedex Skin Logcial and Guinot, are used in their beauty therapies, like the Biotox hydrating facial and bio-oxygenating treatment.

Their comprehensive range of services also includes eyelash extension, eyebrow embroidery, lip enhancement and IPL underarm hair removal.


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