Hey! My name is McKenna. I have a question about fashion. I am
5'9 but I am
straight up and down. I'm not skinny, but I'm not fat. I just
don't have a
defined waist. I feel like I look like a boy. I'm sorta
rectangular. So, I
was wondering what kinds of shirts and pants would make me
less wide in
the middle and have a defined waist. Thanks a lot.
Darbi: Bargain Expert|
Hey! This is your fashion expert Darbi here to
rescue you from a possible fashion fiasco! Have you
ever tried wearing jean bibs? I have found that these
do wonders for most gals! They are so cute and dont'
really emphasize too much so you don't feel self
conscious when you wear 'em.
Also, baggy clothing
(i.e. big sweatshirts, t-shirts, baggy jeans,etc.) may
only make you feel more tomboyish. So try to avoid
I would suggest going to the mall and
trying on the following items: boot cut jeans/pants,
a tube top with an unbuttoned shirt over it, knee
length skirts, and fitted sweaters. I would steer
clear of drawstrings and I might even try some higher
waisted pants and see how they work (they might define
you waist more, since low riders don't).
though, YOU are your best judge. Only YOU knows what
looks and feels good for yourself. Just have a ball
trying it all! Let me know how everything goes and
what you find to work for you! Thanks for your
Till next time, keep steppin' in style!
Chako: Urban/Street Wear Expert|
I have a similar "boyish" type body. You want to flaunt what
fitted v-neck tees and loose fitting or flared pants; the
accentuate your waist and bust (no matter what size) while the
give you some shape.
You can also use your height to your
advantage and wear
pedal pushers or cigarette pants.If you stick with a
scheme you'll look smooth and streamlined, whereas a
could prove too forced or harsh.
Kym- Accessories Expert|
You should start off with a few form-fitting pants. I personally recommend bell bottoms because these pants are wide on the bottom and will definitely give you a defined-looking waist.
If you don't go for bell-bottoms, try some boot cut jeans or pants.Basically, your are going for pants which are tight on your waist and loose near your feet.
In terms of your top half, you should wear shirts on the tighter side with those super-cute one-inch slits on the side. These will give you a shapely look because it won't hide you waist completely. Most of these shirts have the three quarter-length sleeve. Not only will you find your waist, but you'll also look oh-so-stylish doing it!
Amanda: Latest Trends Expert|
Being tall is definitely a great feature you have
already, so don't
be ashamed of your body.
Try looking for boot-cut jeans or
flare jeans. I
find that they give my lower body a sense of shape. And, I
also like to buy
my jeans from The
Limited or Express.
Normally when I
buy my jeans
from those stores I can fit into one size smaller...that not
only makes you
feel great, but they fit snuggly and make you look defined.
for tops, look
for them in the clingy styles. Baggy shirts or loose fitting
shirts will just
make you look either frumpy or give you an indefinite shape.
Try looking for
your tops in darker, more suttle colors. As I've always
said...the darker the
slimmer anything will look!;o)
Madelin- World Expert|
One way to create a contrast and give you
a curvy look
it to wear patterned skirt/pants and a plain top. Nice bright
give depth, where-as blacks and pastels make you look slimmer
and have a
longer more unbroken line, so try and steer away from these.
Flares are really good to create the illusion of being
coupled with peasent type shirts, and other tees where the
you body aren't clearly seen, they can make you look like a
Maddie: Vintage/Thrift Expert|
A staple of the lanky girl's wardrobe is the A-line skirt.
The name says
it all; that is the effect that it will have when you wear it.
suggestion is to wear shirts that flair at the bottom hem.
Both of these
pieces tend to give thinner girls the appearance of larger
ultimately, a waist.
I would also like to remind you to that your less curvy
figure is not
completely a curse.
I am personally rather curvy for my mere
height of 5'.
Shopping for pants is something I tend to avoid as much as
possible, since it
only means frustration when a pair of pants will accomodate my
hips, only to
leave ridiculously large space around my hips, or when my hips
will not allow
a pair of pants to fit altogether.
Love your body, girl!
Felicity: Plus Size Expert|
What you want to do is draw attention away from your middle section. Designing is the key here. You have two options.
First, you could dress from head-to-toe in a single color. This will elongate you and accentuate your height. Try and find a top with a bit of detailing which will draw the eyes upward or a skirt for the same purpose.
Your other option would be to do something similar, but with different colors. The new jeans with the detailing at the bottom are great for this (check them out at Lane Brynat)! Pair them with a great pair of funky shoes and you are set! Scope out a shirt with detailing set on or above the chest (LB also has some great turtlenecks with this styling).
You want to try and stay away from anything that is cut too "boxy." Find shirts that are a bit fitted.
Dresses can be tricky. You wouldn't want anything with an elevated waist, as it will make you look even more rectangular. Look for something that cinches in at the waist. Again, detailing can make a difference here too.
With jeans, you will want to stay away from anything that is terribly baggy. They can make you look even more square. Even though you may feel as though wearing anything fitted will accentuate parts of you that you'd rather not, go and do it! Why look as though you're wearing a tent?!
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