To find out more about how to dress if you're thin, we spoke to leading stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones to find out her styling secrets for slim line women, from adding curves in all the right places, to making the most of your slim shape it's all right here...
If you’re skinny what kinds of dresses, tops and trousers should you wear?
You can add curves to your frame with peplum style dresses and tops. Bootleg jeans and trousers are great on skinny women too as they give the body extra shape and dimension. Alternatively skinny jeans will obviously look fabulous.
What kinds of fabrics are most flattering when you're slim?
Fabrics with some structure are great for creating the illusion of curve, but you don’t want to go too bulky as this can make your frame look rigid. If you want to accentuate your figure then clingy fabrics are great but if you want to add curve to your frame then avoid them and go for something thicker like wool.
Are there any style shortcuts to making you look more curvy when you’re very slim?
Wear horizontal stripes on the top half to give your body some added curves. Avoid wearing a lot of black as this can make you look slimmer than you are. Clothing with structure and a peplum top or dress can help give the illusion of a fuller figure.
Can you recommend any accessories that can help make you look fuller figured?
Belts should become your new best friend! Both thick and skinny belts paired over a floaty dress or top will add shape to your outfit and accentuate your tiny waist.
Trends come and go but what style staples should every skinny woman have in their wardrobe?
Thanks to Coco Chanel Breton stripes will never go out of fashion and they’re perfect for creating curves. Long sleeve tops are great for disguising thin upper arms, and boot cut trousers are the perfect alternative to skinny jeans.
What about beachwear – what style swimwear will flatter skinny women and make them feel more feminine?
Look for tops with padding, under wiring and a triangular shape to give the illusion of a fuller cup size and if you have a fuller bust look for supportive halter-neck tops. Again, horizontal stripes will give the illusion of a fuller bust.
What are the style no-no's when you are very slim?
If you’re very slim and want to look more curvaceous then avoid clingy clothing, wearing lots of black in one go and don't wear overly baggy clothing.
Do you have any other style advice for slim women?
Layering is a great way to give the illusion of curves, layer tops and accessorise with chunky scarves. A lot of women use baggy clothing as a means to hide the fact they are on the thin side, this is a mistake as it actually accentuates how small you are as the clothing tends to swamp your frame.
What is the best way to hide skinny legs?
In the summer maxi-skirts are great for hiding legs and looking stylish at the same time, but again remember to avoid anything too baggy.
What is the best way to hide scrawny arms?
Wearing long sleeves coupled with a waterfall blazer or jacket will draw attention away from the upper half of your body, especially when teamed with some bright shoes or trousers. Batwing sleeves are also great for adding some additional shape.
If you're looking for style inspiration on how to dress for a slim shape then take a look at these slender celebrities who are always well put together and really make the most of their figures.
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