One of the best ways to draw attention to areas that you want to accentuate is through the use of color and pattern. The brighter or lighter the color and the bolder the pattern, the more pronounced an area will appear. Conversely, dark solids will make areas look smaller. We all want our waists to look small. By banding your waist (whether it is your natural waist or empire waist) with a dark color with a belt or design element in an article of clothing, it will appear smaller to the eye. (please consult our body shape calculator to find out what part of your waist you should accentuate).
Light, bright colors and bold patterns can add the illusion of volume to areas you would like to enhance. For example a pear body shape would benefit by wearing a shirt that is boldly patterned across the bust and shoulders, while sticking to dark colors for the lower body. A woman with an inverted triangle body would do just the opposite. Use our body shape calculator to determine your body type and get full details on how to dress your body shape or if you already know your body type click here.