Clothes Shopping Horrors (And Their Solutions)


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Clothes shopping is meant to be a good thing. Retail therapy, choosing to treat yo’self– there’s plenty of ways to express the simple fact that buying new clothes is meant to be something positive. You’re meant to come away from the store, new purchases in hand, already thinking about where you’re going to wear your new outfit.

Instead, so many of us walk away from clothes stores feeling angry, frustrated, and ready to give up and just wear a sack for the rest of our lives.

Okay, so it might not be quite that dramatic (even if it sometimes feels like it is), but the truth is that clothes shopping is usually more of a nightmare than a dream. Why not read through this list of common thoughts women have when shopping for clothes and see which of these thoughts you recognize– as well as a few ideas on how to overcome the issues they identify?

“Why isn’t clothes sizing standardized?”

Oh, how much easier life would be if sizing were standard across all stores! You’d be able to walk in, grab something off the rack, pay, and be out in less than 10 minutes. Instead, you find yourself frowning in the mirror of the changing room, trying to figure out why you suddenly can’t get your usual size over your hips. It’s not a fun experience.

What Can You Do?

Petitioning clothes manufacturers to actually standardize clothes sizes is about the best solution. Also try and consult size guides before you shop in a store; it’s the best way of having an idea of the sizes you want prior to wasting time trying things on.

“Why is one size too small, but the next size up is too big?”

It’s a mystery, but we’ve all been there. You try on one size, and it sort of fits, but it’s not exactly comfortable. You try the next size up, and it looks and feels like you’re being drowned in fabric. Unlike with shoes, clothing doesn’t come with half-sizes, so you’re stuck between a choice of choosing items that are too tight and restrictive and something that makes you feel like you’re wearing a maternity smock.

What Can You Do?

The best bet is to learn to alter clothes for yourself. Grab yourself a sewing machine for beginners and learn to adjust clothes; you’ll be surprised how quickly you can pick up the basics. You can then buy clothes in the larger size and alter them to suit your shape– bespoke is definitely better than off-the-rack anyway!

“Why is the lighting so terrible in here?”

Lighting in changing rooms is a menace. The lighting is usually on the ceiling — which is never flattering — and it’s also a harsh, yellow color. Everything that you try on will look terrible as a result, and you’ll leave the store feeling like your self-confidence is in tatters.

What Can You Do?

Ultimately, trying things on at home will give you a far better idea of how it really looks. Order online, try on at your leisure, and then send back the one that doesn’t work out.

While clothes shopping can be endlessly irritating, there’s no doubt there’s some fun to be found in there as well. Follow the advice to mitigate the damage of the experience, then enjoy!

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Winter Accessories That Warm Your Outfit

With winter firmly approaching and the days cooling off, your wardrobe is bound to shift. The floaty dresses and open toe wedges are being traded in for skinny jeans and knee-high boots, with cocktails in the sun traded for hot chocolate in the snow. Winter is indeed very much on the way and as your clothing swaps over to something more suitable for the season, so must your accessories. Coco Chanel once said that “fashion changes but style endures” and you should take that advice with you to the stores when you go shopping for your accessories. Fashion will change season to season and year to year, but if you’re stylish and choosy with your accessory choices, you won’t ever be out of fashion!

Choosing your accessories in the digital age is easy, especially with smart clothes on the rise. We’re not talking tailored suits and designer handbags, we’re talking a GPS trackable smart wallet that matches your outfit and keeps you safe. We’re talking this Samsung belt that can tell you whether you’ve gained any holiday weight. Winter accessories that warm up your outfit don’t just stay with the traditional anymore, not when there are smart clothes on offer to keep you looking fantastic. So, what warming accessories can you wear in the colder months to keep you toasty?


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Smart Jeans. Okay, so regular jeans are technically not an accessory as such, but smart jeans ARE a walking accessory and when you’re putting away the dresses and maxi skirts and swapping them for jeans, wearable tech is an amazing option. These Joe’s Jeans are able to charge your iPhone 6 as you walk, making them comfortable and functional as an option this winter. Pair them with some…


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Ugg Boots. Never out of fashion, comfy boots are a total must in the colder months. These authentic Uggs are waterproof and will keep you warm wherever you are, and with a pair of jeans you will be on trend!


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Oversized Scarf. The beauty with scarves is that they can be worn more than one way. They can transform an entire outfit and make it so that you look trendy and smart all at the same time. Oversized scarves aren’t just an accessory, they’re an essential for the season!


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Techy Gloves. Similarly to smart jeans, gloves that are combined with digital tech are a must. Trying to text on a smartphone when you’re out in the cold is impossible, but these amazing gloves have a fabric on the fingers that work on your phone screen so you won’t freeze while updating people on where you are!


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Hats. Winter is a time for warming and hats, while beautiful all year round, are perfect in the winter. Beanies are just the perfect mix of cute and sexy while still remaining stylish, and beanies that hang off the back of your head are a stunning way to accentuate your hairstyle while keeping toasty.

Winter accessories are not boring ones, they’re a necessity to stay stylish and bright even when the world is grey and gloomy!

 

Style Items That Wood Sharpen Up Your Wardrobe

As men we’re always on trying to look sharp when we leave to go to a spot where we socialize. Granted men’s fashion is the more obscure than women’s fashion because whenever something new is pushed out, it normally get rejected. At the very least, some style items we buy, slowly degrade and then, they’re not as slick and cool as they were when we first bought them. Well, it’s time to incorporate a new style that’s more inclined to last a little longer and quite literally. How about the use of wood to force open your choice of other clothing items? As a material, we think of wood as being more for other household items, but the urban and hipster scene has always been pushing the boundaries. Now you can add to your wardrobe with certain elements of fashion that make use of different woods, in a cool and outlandish way.

 

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The hat that started it

Hipster culture is hit and miss, and it always has been. Some say the style is just being different for the sake of it, which discredits what it tries to achieve. However the majority of the inner city fashion icons, are adamant that something, and sometimes anything should be done to push men’s fashion in another direction. Fedora hats are to be seen especially in the cosmopolitan cities. A wood-brimmed fedora hat makes use of woods like oak, rosewood, and beachwood to circle the outside of the headwear. With different shades of red, orange and brown wood colors, you can then mix and match the different fabrics and textures for a snazzy look, which gets more apparent the closer the observer gets.

Wood you like some shade

Protecting your eyes during the hotter months is a practical solution that fashion has made a market out of. Aside from the metal or plastic shades, there are other, obscure but trendy styles out there on the market. Bamboo sunglasses are light and durable, yet they stand out from the crowd due to the contrast of natural colors, as well the uncommon use of the material. Bamboo is as strong as steel some say, and yet just a minuscule of the weight. The light yellow or beige color would go well with bright and dark tops because the natural tone of bamboo is quite neutral.

 

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Skater vibes 

Times have changed, and the skater boy fashion has had to move with them. Rather than the synthetic wrap bracelets from the 1990s, you could incorporate a wooden bracelet to go with your outfit. You can get dark orange varnished styles, but the rough and tumble are wooden bracelets, that have scratches, and cuts as part of the style. If you’ve got ear hole lobe earrings, you could also swap out the casual black plastic style for a smooth oak variation. They’re less likely to bend and snap when weight is put on them because they’re a more dense than plastic, yet weigh just as light. Additionally, as they’re tougher, they won’t snap and potentially harm you.

Without a doubt, the use of wood will shake up your wardrobe. It just goes to show, you don’t need to have the latest chic styles that are coming out of Paris, and other fashion havens to give your fashion sense a new horizon on your own style.

Fantastic Fashion Gifts Which Won’t Fall Flat

Buying clothes or fashion accessories as gifts is always a risk. Fashion is, after all, a personal matter. Even when we think we have a good grasp on what someone likes, they can surprise us. And, we’ve all been on the receiving end of a clothing gift which fails to hit the mark.

But, if you have a fashion fanatic friend, it seems a shame to skip the massive gift potential of their love. If fashion is their favorite thing, no other gift will make them as happy. It’s a dilemma, and a difficult one to get around. But, with a bit of clever thinking, there’s no reason fashion gifts have to be off the cards forever. These suggestions should ensure your fashion foray pays off.

Shopping Trip Suggestions

 

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The chances are, you and your fashion conscious friend go clothes shopping together often. So, they probably won’t think anything’s amiss if you suggest a shopping trip in the lead up to their birthday.

But, while they think this is the same as any other trip, you can get your detective head on. When shopping with other people, we get the ideal opportunity to understand the ins and outs of their style. Take note, not only of what they pick up but also what they say about it. Most of the time, we self-censor while shopping. So, the chances are they won’t buy every item they like. If you listen hard enough, you’ll be able to return to buy the things that didn’t quite make it into their shopping cart.

It’s also worth taking this opportunity to get an idea of their size if you aren’t sure. Buying something that’s the wrong size could potentially ruin your thoughtful gift.

A Personal Touch

We all love a personal touch, especially when it comes to fashion. As such, you can’t go wrong with personalized pieces as gifts. The thought behind presents like these ensures they win a place in the heart of anyone who receives them. And, keeping things simple means they can work with any style. Something like these engravable bar necklace options are neutral enough to work with most outfits. You can be sure that a piece like this will become a staple of anyone’s style. Similarly, you could personalize bracelets, bag chains, and even earrings.

The Personal Shopper Experience

 

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So, you want to cater for your friend’s love of fashion without actually buying them clothes? There is, after all, a lot of risk involved. And, wouldn’t it be better to let them buy something they picked for themselves?

Most people following this train of thought would opt for gift cards. But, we’d advise against it. In many ways, gift cards reek of no effort. Instead, you could go down the alternative route of a personal shopper. In most cases, you pay for the shopper and invest a certain amount of money for your friend to spend. It’s an amazing experience that is sure to be a once in a lifetime!

Keeping Your Summer Wardrobe Wonderful

Finding the right outfits for the summer season is one of my favorite things to do. It’s the season that we can show a little more skin, tan our bodies, and generally feel much happier. Our outfits make us feel and look fabulous, and with so many different combinations of things that you can wear, finding some killer outfits isn’t a difficult task.

 

First and foremost, let’s talk about swimwear. Even though for most of us the summer doesn’t mean we can lounge around by the pool, it’s likely that at some point we will either take a vacation or at least a day trip to the beach. There are hundreds and thousands of choices when it comes to swimming attire. Bikinis are a great way of topping up your tan because they reveal the most skin. If you’re not feeling a bikini however, you could opt for a tankini which covers you up a little more, but you’ll still look gorgeous.


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The thing I love the most about the summertime, is all of the fabulous dresses that you see on display. Not only do they look amazing and brighten up the streets, but they’re a brilliant way of keeping cool when those summer rays hit. Pairing a dress with some killer heels and a bag will turn some heads for sure.

 

As we all know, shoes are a key part of making or breaking an outfit. With the amount of summer shoes available on the market, it’s super easy to find a great pair for every type of outfit. Even for people with a size 2 shoe, there are tons of shoes available to buy, whether that be online or in store. Start collecting a range of shoes today so that you can switch it up a little with your outfits.

 

Finding a top to wear if you’re not feeling like wearing a dress isn’t a difficult task either. Anything that isn’t long sleeved can be paired with your favourite shorts, jeans, leggings or skirt. The best part about it is, that because the summer months tend to be warmer, you don’t have to cover yourself up with a large coat.


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Now if you’re a girly girl, you absolutely love getting your pins out in the summer months by wearing some super sexy skirts or shorts. If you’re feeling creative, you could try making your own skirts to wear this summer. There are loads of online tutorials that will show you how to upcycle an old top into a fabulous skirt.

 

Handbags are also a fabulous way of completing an outfit. Like most girls in the world, many of us can’t leave the house without our bags. Shop around for a bag that has a pocket for your sunglasses and suntan lotion. That way, you can keep topping up as the day goes on.

 

Whatever you decide to wear this summer, rock it girl, because you are fabulous!

 

Looking For A Killer Style? It’s All In The Bag

In 2013, bags became the main attention of fashion designer Adnan Bayyat who created a flamenco-style dress from 1,000 used carrier bags. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/eco-chic-designer-creates-dress-out-902358 The talented designer came up with the idea to raise awareness about recycling bags. The result is both dramatically elegant and also eye-opening. Who would have thought that plastic bags could also become a fashionable item? But more to the point, bags play an important role in fashion: They bring the outfit together and give it an unmistakable stylish accent.

Style is in the bag

 

#1. Fashionable under the sun

Fashion is a matter of trends. But style is infinitely more subtle and lasting. Style completes your outfit and turns clothing choices into effortless chic. Consequently, using bags as a stylish element can change your outfit in the most suitable way to your situation. If you’re traveling on holiday, there’s nothing like a picking the perfect travel bag or a suitcase to send the right vibes. A neutral, leather bag will be the perfect timeless accessory that can turn your 4 AM flight into a catwalk show. To avoid complications, make sure that you choose a bag with plenty of pockets inside so that you can travel in style and keep everything tidy at the same time. Stylish and messy simply doesn’t work!

 

#2. A busy woman in town

Urban lifestyle requires an urban outfit that is elegant and pragmatic at the same time. This naturally starts with your choice of bags, going from trendy to practical, here’s a great selection of crossbody bags that can be either very small for those who just need a wallet and a phone, or large for women who like to carry a lot of things. The advantage of the crossbody bag is that it’s ideal for a trip in town: It’s pretty much theft-proof with its zipped pockets and its proximity to the body, but it remains elegant at the same time.

 

#3. Back to business

Only one month left before the back to school and back to business feelings take over the fashion trend. There’s still time for you to get the perfect office accessory: An elegant women’s backpack, that lets you carry everything you need at work without looking like a schoolgirl at the same time. From a lunchbox to a notebook, working in an office requires you to carry around a lot of items. But there’s no reason why you couldn’t keep it stylish and practical. A neutral-looking leather bag is the perfect, timeless solution for the chic office businesswoman.

 

#4. A touch of luxury for the evening

Going out in the evening means that you need a decent evening bag that can turn an elegant outfit into the evening wear that can turn heads. You will need a small clutch, as there are naturally fewer things that you need to carry on a night out: Your phone, your wallet, and your keys are all you need. There’s one thing you need to pay attention to: Step away from neutral color schemes. When going out, your bag is the eye catcher that changes your outfit from day to night. Silver and gold are brilliant choices for a touch of luxury. Pink and red work too and add a hint of glamor, if that’s what you prefer.

 

In the end, bags turn fashion into style. Pick the right bag for the situation, and you’ll always look stylish and fashionable. Get it wrong, and the rest of your outfit will not be enough to save the day.

 

Travelspiration: Looking Fabulously Fashionable

Coco Chanel, the world’s most famous fashion icon, once said, ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” All of the world’s most iconic fashion legends have certain expectations and style standards that they hold themselves accountable to, regardless of where they are of where they are going. Even when traveling, they hold themselves to the same high style standards, making every effort always to look effortlessly chic.

 

As someone with a love of fashion, when it comes to traveling it’s important to make an effort to travel in style. Throwing on a pair of lounge pants and an oversized tee just isn’t going to cut it. Believe it or not, it is possible to dress to impress when traveling and still be comfortable; it’s just a case of taking the time to put together the perfect look.

 

Heading off on vacation soon? Here’s how to ensure that you look effortlessly stylish and elegant, even when catching a 4 am flight.


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Pick the perfect suitcase

 

Wondering whether a suitcase really has an impact on your look? The answer to that question is yes, it does. A suitcase is an accessory, just like a shoulder bag is, so naturally, you want to ensure that it is elegant and stylish, and works well with your outfit, that is if you want to look fabulously fashionable. To avoid having to buy a different suitcase or duffle bag for every outfit, it’s best to opt for a neutral design that’s timeless and elegant. For more options you can find wholesale leather from Leather Impressions. Aztec patterns and pretty floral prints might be in right now, but unlike a leather design, they won’t stand the test of time and will be out of style by this time next year.

 

Dress comfortably and stylishly

 

To ensure that you are able to travel comfortably it’s vital to pick an outfit that you look stylish in and are also able to relax in. You can’t go wrong with black jeans – whether they’re ripped or not it doesn’t matter – teamed with a pretty cami top and an oversized cardigan. Prefer a more feminine look? Then how about teaming a printed tea dress with a pair of leggings and a denim jacket? A maxi skirt or dress could also work well. What you want to do is ensure that you look stylish and elegant but are also comfortable – take your time playing around with a few looks until you find the perfect one.

 

Get your shoes spot on

 

Any fashion lover knows how vital the right pair of shoes are for completing a look, so it pays to pick what you put on your feet carefully. Heels add elegance and glamor but aren’t that travel-friendly, wedges, however, can be. If you are hoping to add elegance to your look, heels are a must. However, for a more casual (and comfortable) look, a pretty pair of peep toed pumps could perfectly compliment your outfit.

 

Jetting off to somewhere sunny? Make sure to dress to impress and travel in style.

 

Rising to the Top of the Fashion Industry

For a lot of people, fashion is a passion. Fashion is the thing that excites them most. Fashion is the thing that gets them out of bed in the morning. However, a lot of fashionistas that are cut in this ilk don’t actively pursue a career in the field. But why is this? It’s probably because the industry of fashion is one that is both highly competitive and hard to get into, let alone rise to the top of. But just because something is difficult, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. If rising to the top of the fashion industry is your calling, make sure to read on to find advice to help you along the way.

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  1. Be different

 

The only way you are going to be able to rise to the top of such a creativity, and cut-throat, industry is by being and offering something different. This could mean you dress differently. It could mean you carry yourself differently to your co-workers at the time. Whatever it is that makes you different,  embrace it. This has to happen whether you’re working in an entry level store job, or working in some sort of management position. But, when it comes to dressing differently, just be careful not to go too overboard. One fashion faux pas could spell disaster for your career in the fashion industry!

 

  1. Make connections

 

In the fashion industry, sadly, a lot of the time it’s who you know rather than what you know. Whether you agree with this or not, if you want to rise to the top of the industry then you have to embrace it. And to embrace it you should be trying to forge connections when it comes to all aspects of your fashion lifestyle. You should be making connections through blogging. You should be making connections at work. And you should be making connections by attending networking events. And you should be doing all of this even if you’re shy.

 

  1. Always look higher

 

To rise to the top of anything, you have to be constantly looking higher. You have to be constantly seeking avenues to take that will get you closer to the top. You have to always search out higher level jobs than the one you have now. This isn’t necessarily to garner yourself a better paycheck; it’s to get you one step closer to the top. And the type of jobs you should be looking to apply for in regards to fashion are Brand Management or Sourcing, both of which are displayed to be vacant on Jobsatbelk.com. And when you find the vacant position of your dreams, don’t be afraid to apply to fill it. Well, what harm ever came from applying for a job?

 

  1. Always work on your portfolio

 

Even when you’re not at work, you should be working. Yes, you should always be working, even in your spare time, to better your fashion portfolio. This could mean fashion blogging. It could mean drawing up new and creative clothing designs. Or it could even mean making clothes yourself through sewing and stitching. No matter what way of displaying your fashion prowess works for you, just make sure you display it. And make sure you keep a record of it in your portfolio.

 

If fashion is your calling, then don’t be afraid to answer it. And don’t be afraid to be the very best fashionista you can be, either.

 

Climbing The Fashion Stakes: Turn Your Attention To Your Shoes

When it comes to looking fashionable, we tend to focus on the clothes we wear. But one part of our look we don’t tend to spend much time on is our shoes. However, your shoes can make or break your outfit. You might be wearing the cutest outfit in the world, but if you team it up with poor looking shoes, it can cause you to look unfashionable. Therefore, it’s time to turn your attention to your shoes. In fact, here are some tips when it comes to your footwear so you can climb the fashion stakes.

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Do add some color to your outfit with your shoes

 

A lot of people wear black pumps every day. After all, we often get hooked on one pair that we wear all the time. But if you want to wow with your outfit, it’s time to skip that boring black pair. After all, it’s unlikely they are adding anything to your outfit. Therefore, to climb the fashion stakes, go for a colorful pair of shoes. After all, with a cute red or blue pair, it will brighten up your whole outfit. And people will turn their attention to your gorgeous footwear. In fact, you are bound to get compliments due to your colorful shoes. Of course, make sure the shoes don’t clash with other colors that are in your outfit. After all, you don’t want to make a fashion faux pas because of your shoe choice!

 

Do think carefully about the material

 

You might not think twice about the material when it comes to buying some new footwear. But you might be surprised it can make all the difference when it comes to helping you look on point. After all, if you go for a material which doesn’t look right with the rest of your outfit, you could end up falling down the fashion stakes. Therefore, think carefully about the material. If it’s a canvas style, it will look better when it comes to your casual summer wardrobe. Meanwhile, leather would look great if it’s your work wardrobe. You can get some guidance on different shoe types and what materials they come in by looking online. You might want to avoid materials like suede and rubber. It can be hard to make a fashion statement if you opt for one of these!

 

Do make sure they fit properly

 

A lot of people make the error of picking a pair of shoes that don’t fit properly. They try and squeeze into a smaller size when it comes to the shoes. But then it can look quite obvious that the shoes don’t fit properly. After all, they can look tight and bloated if they are the wrong size. In fact, it can draw attention away from your beautiful outfit. Therefore, you need to make sure you opt for a pair which fit your feet like a glove. That way, they will complement your outfit and help you to look fabulous. And getting a pair that fit properly will stop you having to deal with things like bunions and blisters at the end of the day.

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And remember to opt for a designer pair if you can afford it. After all, it will definitely raise eyebrows if you have a pair of Dolce & Gabbana shoes on.

 

Looking Slim Without Losing Weight

Do you feel like you’ve overeaten recently? Are you worried that other people might think you’ve started to gain weight? Then you need to consider some of the tips and advice from this page. You might want to join a local gym and shed those extra pounds. However, that is going to take a while, and you’re worried right now. So, it makes sense for you to use some tricks and hacks to create the illusion of a perfect figure. Today, I’m going to highlight some simple ideas that will help you to achieve that goal. Best of all? You can probably do this without heading out and spending money. I’ll bet you have everything you need at home right now.


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Wear dresses with vertical stripes

 

The first thing you need to do involves wearing the right style of dress. You are sure to have something in your wardrobe with vertical lines. Go get it out right now and put the item on before taking a look in the mirror. According to brands like Mango, you should notice the stripes help to make your body seem thin. That idea will work wonders if you plan a night out on the town with the girls. You’ll feel more confident because you know the stripes will hide any fat or imperfections. For the best results, you should opt for black and white stripes. However, anything with the stripes going in the right direction will work well.

 

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Always straighten your hair before you leave home

 

Leaving home with frizzy hair is never a wise move if you want to appear slim. So, make sure you purchase and use the best gadget your money can afford. Writers from Hair Straightener Studio say there are lots of new products on the market you should check out. Of course, you’ve probably got something decent at home already. Still, some are more expensive than others, and so it’s sensible to set your budget before spending any money. You can usually get decent items for around $100 to $200. However, it’s possible to spend a lot more too. Straight hair will make your face appear slimmer to everyone you meet.

 

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Wear high heels to make you seem tall

 

Raising your height is a great way to make yourself look slim. With that in mind, you should check your wardrobe for the biggest heels in your collection. When you use them alongside the stripey dress, you should notice a vast improvement. The shoes will make you taller, and the stripes will make you appear thinner. It’s the perfect combination, and it could mean you feel more confident with your appearance. At the end of the day, you have to remember that most other people won’t think you’re overweight. You’re doing all this just to make yourself feel better.

 

I hope you use some of my suggestions from this article because they work. I’m writing as someone who’s tried all those ideas in the past with excellent results. So, trust me on this one. If you keep your hair straightened, wear vertical stripes, and don some heels, you’re going to look fantastic. Make sure you take a look around before you leave today because I publish lots of posts of this nature. So, you might pick up some inspiration.