How to Downplay Your Challenge Areas

We all know the importance of getting the right fit. We know every woman has a body part they love to flaunt and also flaws to conceal. So, keep on reading for our styling tricks on how to downplay your challenge areas.

Downplay Your Arms and Shoulders

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If you’d rather keep your arms and shoulders covered, go for long-sleeved options in a variety of silhouettes without sacrificing style. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may opt for a three-quarter sleeved top to wear with your metallic skirt. Also, you may go for a sleeved tee with a cut-out back for a sexy and slimming look. Streamline your shape with a lightweight coat, elbow-length dress, or even waterfall cardigan that creates interest down your torso, drawing attention away from your arms.

Downplay Your Cleavage

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If you’re a bit more conservative in the skin-showing department, downplay your bust with scoop necklines to a swing silhouette top. Button-up dress and shirts can give you fashion freedom to reveal as much as you’d like while a trapeze top swings out wide to mask a larger chest. Be selective on scoop necklines and choose ones with a wider neckline that allows you to show off some skin around your collarbone without dipping too low into dangerous territory.

Downplay Your Midsection

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If you wish to downplay your midsection, or simply worrying on your muffin top, go for forgiving silhouettes like a shift dress, heavy knit, or built-in layers. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, go for a shift dress that draws emphasis away from your middle as it falls away from your body. Also, heavyweight fabrics like a knit sweater dress can conceal minor imperfections while keeping you warm and cozy on chilly nights. Or, like fashion blogger Mary Orton, beat the bulk with layers by wearing a chic blazer, or jacket with your plain top or dress.

Downplay Your Rear

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From flirty flare skirts to tunic tops, you can now downplay your rear while looking stylish. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may opt for a high-low top, which shows off your leg silhouette in jeans while the draped back provides coverage of your rump. Fit and flare skirt and dresses are flirty and flattering that creates an instant hourglass shape that emphasizes your waist while disguising your derriere. Just make sure your hemline is moderate. Also, a draped cardigan is a great elongating cover-up that streamlines your assets while skimming the hips and butt.

Downplay Your Legs

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To downplay your legs, opt for a maxi skirt that’s comfortable enough while concealing your stems. If you’re not committed to the maxi, try a mid-calf style midi dress or skirt to show off your ankles and stylish shoes. For an office outfit, you may ditch your form-fitting pencil skirts or tapered trousers and resort to straight or wide-leg styles that will work best for you like Mary Orton did.

With our styling tricks, you’ll be able to dress perfectly for your frame while downplaying your challenge areas and accentuating your assets.

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