Flatter Your Body Silhouette

By on January 23, 2012

By JuliAnn Stitck –

Yes… I said BEAUTIFUL!! I have always said that a woman can look fantastic as long as she knows how to flatter her shape! As I am in the throws of menopause and experiencing, shall we call it, thickening in the middle, I have needed to rethink some of my own clothing.

In guiding women (and myself) to complimentary styles, I teach balance and placement of details. For instance, if you are more generous above the waist, accentuate your hip area with your best cuts and details to create an even silhouette. How? Read on…


But before you do… I want to thank In Style Magazine for some of the tips I am sharing with you today!!

Let’s begin from the top and work our way down!

If you love your chest, wear fitted tops or semi- low cut (how low is your personal choice). Keep the rest of your outfit fairly simple. Some key top details would be wide straps, nipped waists, supportive bras and open necklines. Avoid showing too much cleavage and keep your necklaces above your neckline.

If you don’t want to draw attention to your large chest, stock up on wide leg pants and A-line skirts. They will balance your frame by adding width to your lower half. Tops and jackets that are dark, paired with light skirts or pants are perfect for you. Your sleeves should be simple and narrow and defined shoulders are essential. High-neck sweaters and wide belts should be avoided at all times!

Are you flat chested? Have a ball by creating interest at the neckline with ruffles or a medium to large loose bow. If you’re petite, go for smaller ruffles and bows. If statuesque stick with fuller ruffles and larger bows. These all add volume to your bust-line. Look for tops with horizontal stripes.  Should be a piece of cake this year with the nautical look goin’ on. You should avoid simple fitted tops and chest-length statement necklaces.

Now let’s discuss your BOOTIE!

If your bum is something to be proud of, choose a tucked in shirt with a high-waisted jean. You best fabrics are jersey. Bright colored bottoms are a fun way to accentuate your bottom. Loose-fitting skirts and pants, and untucked tops will add 10 pounds where they don’t belong.

Wanna keep the eyes away from the BOOTIE? Pairing a print top with a plain bottom is key for you. Your jackets and tunics are best at finger-tip length and go with a straight legged jean. Avoid anything high-waisted and NO white, ivory or light khaki bottoms.

Is yours bottom flat? Add some bulk to your backside with a simple pant or skirt and a peplum top or jacket (image above). What’s peplum? Fitted at the waist with a skirt-like bottom. Pleated skirts, low-slung waists and rear welt pockets with bling are a great way to add the appearance of volume. Stiff denim and leggings are a definite NO for you!

Having written this, I realize there are a few things I need to donate! Now I have a question for you? Have you been able to identify anything in your closet that needs to go? Take action!


For years, JuliAnn, The “Heart” of Empowered Style, has been blessed to say that she has a dream job! A recipe with the main ingredients being her passions of inspiration, fashion and organization. Whether teaching at a live event, one of her Discover Your Style Workshops, providing corporate image training or working one-on-one with a client, JuliAnn’s mission is to use her fashion expertise to show love, encourage and empower women. From the unmentionables to the accessories, JuliAnn gently and lovingly guides women in discovering their inner style and then translating that to their outer image. An image and feeling of confidence for a more fulfilling and successful life! Her Website: http://juliannstitick.com/

About JuliAnn Stitick

JuliAnn Stitick, CEO and Founder of Your Success Style, is a World Class Image Expert and International Speaker. With over 20 years in image she actively speaks, trains and provides business and personal image consultations for clients ranging from the boardroom to the entrepreneur to the full-time domestic goddess. JuliAnn styles for the Oscars and achieves ongoing accolades from organizations including Nordstrom, Lexus, Marriott, and The Capital Group, to name a few. Your offers a heart-centered approach to image, you will find her at: www.YourSuccessStyle.com.

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