Posts Categorized: proportion

Reader Request: Dressing for a Post-pregnancy Midsection

dressing post pregnancy belly stomach

Reader Liz asked this question over on Facebook:

I would love it if you could share some tips for working around a post-twin-pregnancy belly. Snug tops make me look like I’m still a few months pregnant, though it’s been about 3 years and I’ve lost all but 5 or 10 of the 50 pounds I gained; I have abdominal muscle separation and a fair amount of loose skin there, but can’t afford elective surgery, so I’m trying to just work around the protruding belly. Fitting pants has been tricky, as anything that works in the waist tends to be baggy everywhere else, and skirts don’t sit evenly around my middle. With tops, I need extra length to cover a triple-D bust *and* my belly, and even then it seems to be really hit-or-miss with just about everything except peasant-style blouses. read more

Reader Request: When Flattery and Preference Clash

unflattering clothes

Mollie submitted this great question:

What do I do when the clothes/cuts that I find meet my figure flattery goals (for me fitted but not clingy) don’t match all the aesthetics I’d like to include (interesting structures, relaxed fits)?

I’d wager most of you have wondered this very same thing. You adore a garment, it feels marvelous against your skin, but it doesn’t show off your figure in a way that pleases your eye. Do you sacrifice figure-flattery in favor of design, or do you prioritize the silhouette you prefer over a love of certain aesthetics? read more

Already Prettypoll: Low Rise, Mid Rise, or High Rise?

I am a high rise girl TO THE END. My baguette-shaped lower tummy forces anything lower than natural waist to create some serious abdominal subdivisions. Like me, many clients and friends were scarred by the low-rise-only 90s, and rejoice that comfy, fabulous high rises are available to us once more.

But I know full well that high rises won’t work for everyone. If you carry your weight in your midsection and have narrow hips, a mid or low rise could be perfect. Depending on your torso and leg lengths, high rises may be uncomfortable and unflattering. It’s all down to personal preference and comfort. read more