Flaunt it if you have it is the new mantra as you prepare to usher in the New Year festivities. But, if you are conscious of having binged on that Christmas plum cake which shows as love handles on your waistline or have tanned to an unrecognisable shade being outdoors, you can still be the belle of the ball with a few tricks to fool everybody into believing that you are in your best shape.
“Colour blocking or body-con dresses that hide your body flaws is a rage this season. These are concealer techniques like having a shade that merges with the background as strips on both sides and having a bright colour at the centre that highlights a slimmer you. Thus flab on the side goes unnoticed,” says Sidharta Aryan, avantgarde designer.
Dilnaz Karbhary, designer says that the rule of the thumb is to know your body type and draw attention to your best features. “If you have great pair of legs, flaunt them in a mini skirt, on the other hand if you have a heavy bust don’t wear chunky necklaces or embroidered neckline that will draw unwanted attention to it. Expose the slimmest part of your body,” she says. She also adds that layering, fabrics and necklines go a long way in making or breaking your look.
“Layering your outfit with a scarf or jacket adds a third dimension to your dressing, softer fabrics like chiffon adds grace rather than linen that makes you look boxier. Experiment with different kinds of open necklines like a boat, vee or even off-shoulder if your arms are your best asset,” Dilnaz adds.
If you don’t have a stylist to guide you, Sona Gohil has a few pointers about the colours, stripes and prints. “Darker shades make you look thinner. When it comes to stripes, diagonal is the safest but if you want to get adventurous you can try vertical to make you look taller, horizontal stripes is a boon for skinny people who want to look fuller. If you have a tan, sport it with vibrant colours or pastels rather than the duller hues.” And last but not the least as Sidharta puts it aptly, “Nothing takes the cake like being fit. Then you won’t have anything to hide!”