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Ask CF: How Can I Dress to Flatter My Figure?


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Welcome to the latest edition of Ask CF! Every two weeks, we select a reader fashion question and answer it here on the site. Do you have a specific fashion question for us? Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how to send it our way!

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A lot of the clothes featured on your site are very bodycon. I have a bit of tummy pudge that I am very self conscious about – how can I look put-together for work and school without wearing clothes that highlight this?


Almost Skinny

Our Response

Dear Almost Skinny,

This question is so relatable, since everyone has those days where the thought of a skin-tight anything makes you cringe. But that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style!

Body-con has definitely been seen quite a bit recently, but feeling confident and empowered is so much more important than staying trendy. A huge part of finding your personal style is choosing which trends you want to follow and wearing what makes you the happiest. There are plenty of options out there that are just as stylish without drawing too much attention to any areas that you may be uncomfortable with.

If you’re feeling a little self-conscious, look for longer lines that drape and pull away from your body. Finding clothes that are fitted or tailored specifically to you can also help a ton.

Below, I’ve put together some outfit options that don’t hug the body tightly, but still give a nice silhouette. Hopefully this will inspire you and give you some outfit ideas!

Remember, the most important thing is to accessorize from within with confidence, and then to top it all off with a smile. Enjoy!



Outfit 1: School

Figure-flattering outfit for school days
Cardigan, Top, Backpack, Jeans, Combat Boots, Pearl Studs, Watch

This outfit is perfect for class or studying in the library. The pleats of the tunic draw the eye in a vertical motion, while the waist belt helps to define a clearer figure. Because the shirt has a natural flow to it, it will hang away from the body and not cling to your midsection. Adding a cardigan will not only keep you warm in chilly classrooms, but will also add a longer visual line to the look.

 Outfit 2: Work

Ask cf work look
Blazer, Top, Dark Jeans, Heels, Professional Tote, Statement Necklace

I’m not sure what kind of work you do or what the dress code is like, but this is my idea of a nice business casual outfit that doesn’t draw too much attention to your middle. In this outfit, which could also work for an internship, the statement necklace definitely steals the show. The bright pop of color immediately draws the focus upward, while a fitted blazer accentuates the shoulders and automatically creates a loose yet noticeable hourglass shape.

 Outfit 3: Going Out

Ask cf night out look
Fashion Tights, Party Dress, Heels, Clutch, Bangle

Going out is an event in which body-con styles always seem to make an appearance. To change things up a bit, this gorgeous dress has a dramatic neckline and a draped silhouette that will accentuate your shape in a classic way. Personally, I’m a fan of fun tights, and paired with on-trend chunky heels and blingy clutch, you’ll be sure to stand out in a crowd!

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What do you think?

Do you ever find yourself feeling the same way? Would you wear any of these outfits? Do you like the outfits I picked out? Do you have any other advice to add? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on on January 26, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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8 Responses to “Ask CF: How Can I Dress to Flatter My Figure?”

  1. 1
    January 26th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I know where she’s coming from, people have different body types, not to mention days when your stomach decides to be bloated. I myself find that my clothing can fit differently from day to day. I’m glad she asked and I like the looks.

  2. 2
    January 26th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I think rather than looking to trends I think you have to find what works best for your body. What are your best features etc. I tend to shy away from bodycon myself- I like to go loose on top and tight on the bottom.

  3. 3
    January 27th, 2014 at 1:24 am

    love the first outfit!

  4. 4
    January 27th, 2014 at 4:47 am

    These looks are a great idea, I think they all would fit well with my bodytype, my favourite is the first outfit, although the second one is perfect for the office

  5. 5
    January 27th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Love this post. Its true we are caught in this everyday. I have flab issues so for me the kind of clothes the material everything matters. Thanks!

  6. 6
    January 27th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Did you just recommend a $200 blazer from La Garconne for a casual school look? lol #craycray

  7. 7
    January 27th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Vieve – Eek, good catch! I totally missed that. Have updated the post with a more affordable option; $200 for a cardigan is definitely out of the usual CF range!

  8. 8
    January 27th, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I like these looks and sympathize with the question – we all have at least a week worth of bloated days, right? I also feel like the current trends happen to be very kind to diverse body types – it took 4 years of body cons, crop tops and denimn cutoffs (all still cute) for skater skirts to emerge last year, and now, pencil skirts and midi skirts are even better! Also some advice from my mom to older college students building a work wardrobe, like me – buy while longer skirts are trendy, because in a few years, the length will be less popular and you’ll be stuck with fewer youthful options. Apparently 1983 was the last time past-the-knee skirts long were popular with youth!

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