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5 Tips for Changing Your Style to Match Your Body


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Use Shading to Your Advantage
Even if neutrals are all you wear, be sure to infuse a pop of color somewhere -- a coat, shoes, best or purse will do wonders.
Even if neutrals are all you wear, be sure to infuse a pop of color somewhere -- a coat, shoes, best or purse will do wonders.
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Whether you believe black is the only real neutral or pink is the prettiest color for a dewy complexion, color does more than reflect your personal style and complement your shoes and skin tone. Think of your body as a map. The goal is to create an hourglass shape, even if your natural contours lack definition.

Using color in the right places can create some pretty amazing illusions. Place light colors for emphasis (to make shoulders, the bust or hips look larger) and dark colors to minimize (areas like the stomach, hips, bust and broad shoulders). If your hips are larger than your bust, wear light colors above the waist and dark colors below the waist. If you want to create the illusion of a smaller waist, wear dark colors at waist level in belts or the banding on blouses, shirts or jackets.


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