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whitecalx
« on: March 27, 2006 02:13:17 PM »

I'm thinking of making some things because I can't find anything I like in the stores for an affordable price.

I've got a large chest and a lower tummy I'd like to hide.  I'm looking for summer clothes.
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2006 09:38:53 AM »

I like surplice-necked tops that skim the belly to mid-hip, loosely-fitted princess-seam button-down shirts, and loose-fitting tunics in semi-sheer materials (worn with a solid tank under).  I can also rock the twinset if the pieces are made of a material that skims instead of clings (same with tees).

For bottoms, boot-cut jeans are good on me, as are drawstring straight-leg pants, and trouser-cut anythiing.  If I have to wear a dress or skirt, semi-fitted empire waist dresses (mine usually have a surplice neckline), or a long skirt & twin set.  I tend to favor straight skirts, but a bias-cut skirt could be cute, as well.

I work in an office, so the above suggestions may be too corporate/dressy for your taste ...
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2006 07:00:48 PM »

I really like shirts that are empire cut and fall below the waist line. I also agree with the boot cut and drawstring styles of pants but I'm big on top and narrow on the bottom. I tend to like the wider legs because they make my shape look more normal and not so top heavy. I have a cousin who is much larger than I and she looks a lot better in pants that are form fitted at least until the knee because it gives her a curvy shape instead of going straight down from her waist and making her look bigger. Wrap skirts that fall to the knee seem to look good on everyone and if you fluctuate in weight a lot like I do.

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2006 07:29:41 AM »

A-line dresses and skirts (skims right over those problem areas), Princess seaming (allows for a nice fitted look w/o being too tight anywhere), skirts and slacks w/o waistbands (they give a smooth fit from your waist to hip w/o adding bulges!).

I also stay away from pleats right at the tummy...although depending on your belly, inverted pleats may look fine. I also don't go for rear pockets (unless they're jeans).

Hmmmm......I personally stay away from v-neck tops. I have a low bustline and despite the fact that I wear a 40D, they make me look flat-chested! I like sweetheart and split-neck tops (show off that cleavage!), or anything that makes my bust appear "lifted" rather than just hangin' there (and it helps to balance out my big 'ole hips too!).

Anything cut straight from the bustline to the hips tends to make me appear larger and rounder than I am, like regular t-shirts, but they're fine for knocking around at home! I also haven't found a flattering skirt/dress style that allows me to wear the hemline above my knee. That seems to emphasize my roundness even more. That really disappoints me b/c my calves are more muscular now than when I was a skinny gal. Guess I have to try just below the knee?

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2006 12:01:49 AM »

I went shopping today at Fashionbug.  I have such a hard time spending money on clothes!

I got two t-shirts for $11.99 each.

That leaves me $75 left for the rest of my summer clothes.  I saw a few surplice tops that I thought might work well and a really cute gauzy tunic that was so flattering but they were both over $30.  I want to get more than 2 more shirts with my money.

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2006 10:11:53 AM »

I find drop-waist shirts/tanks/camis do the trick for a fuller tummy.  Boot cut jeans balance out big hips and thighs.  For big thighs flowy, knee-length skirts hide them and worn with a pair of heels means it really highlights your calves.  For those who are big-busted and don't want to show it, slightly fitted polo shirts are nice.  Tapered jeans (skinny jeans, drainpipes) make hips looks wider than they really are.  Tiny back pockets make your (or my, for that matter) butt look bigger.  Of course tunics with jeans that are more fitted in the thigh and for those who do not like their upper arms, try three-quarter-length or half-length (fitted sleves that come down to the elbow.)  Empire waists of course hide the tummy but have a tendency to make one look pregnant.And that's all I can think of right now.
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2006 12:42:31 AM »

What will be flattering on you will depend on your overall shape. This site has a nice chart of different body types and links to styles that flatter each type: http://www.zaftique.com/?page=shop/detail5&product_id=1533 . I think it's a useful guideline.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2006 02:06:38 AM »

princess or empire cut--- but only start flare from under the boobs or the smallest part of the body..

Not too flare... i always feel pregnent in tops that are too flare or those smocked tube tops..
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2006 07:03:23 PM »

According to Stacy and Clinton from What not to Wear, bustier, more "rubenesque" women look great in structured tops.  jackets and blazers should button below the boobs ("lock and load the ladies", i beleive they said).  A-lines are good too.  i think i remember them saying that bootlegs are better because it sort of balances out your body or something.  also really pointy shoes extend the leg line, making you look taller and a bit slimmer. or something like that!

p.s. thats a great link, i'm already eyeing some of those awesome dresses! too bad i don't have 100 bucks to shell out for them.   
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2006 07:45:04 PM »

I *heart* What Not to Wear! Except when Stacey starts referring to breasts as "puppies." That kind of horrifies me.
I believe they also mention that big-boobed gals should pretty much exclusively wear v-necks and scoop necks, which makes sense 'cause you want to show them off! I sometimes think Stacey and Clinton make everyone look the same (read: boring), but at least they get the shapes right. The British version is more creative, like when they took an art director and brought her to the vintage store. Much cooler than Filene's Basement!
Okay, that was somewhat off topic, but if you (or a friend) gets TLC, you should watch the show, it's fun!
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