When You Waist is Not What It Used to Be –
‘Where, oh where, has my waist gone?’ is a lament expressed by many women as they age or gain a little extra weight.
Unfortunately many Baby Boomer women follow the path of least resistance and cover up their bodies in styles that are less than flattering to them.
I want you to take the path less travelled. Learn to find and embrace styles that suggest a smaller, shapelier waist without actually having an obvious seam line at your waist or losing weight. If you still have a waist line that you are proud of, then these styles will flatter you more and add variety to your wardrobe.
Why reclaim your waist line? Because – you will feel more feminine or sensual; you will look younger; you will stand taller and be more confident and finally you are making fashion work for your rather than be frustrated by it. Are these enough reasons to read on?
Here’s my short guide for Baby Boomer women to waist-less dresses that define, flatter and look great.
Old & New Princess Lines
Classic Princess line dress that start at the shoulder or from under the bust work for every woman. These can be fitted or go into an A-line from the hips as in this Vogue 8997 pattern (far left) which also comes with sleeved variations.
A modern variation of this comes with just one princess line, usually on the right side, and has ruching (ie gathers) or pin-tucking from your bust to your hips. These styles suggest a trim waist by the placement of the ruching which fall gently over your waist and midriff. Perception is powerful.
Examples of these from left to right above are –
- The fully-lined, pin-tucked, burgundy ‘Damsel ITY Dress’ from UK retailer, Matalan
- The ruched lace Capture dress from Ezibuy in red, navy or black
- The ruched, fully-lined charcoal ‘Birdseye Suits You Dress’ with interesting neckline from Jacqui E.
- The Jacqui E dress also comes in a floral style on a navy background with a square neckline called ‘Lynda Sprayed Floral Dress’ (not illustrated)
A second variation to consider is a dress with a tie or twist knot at the waist-line. The best of these have the knot slightly off-centre because these take the emphasis off the rounded part of our bellies and waist line. Small flat knots are the best as they create a smoother line. The gentle gathering above and below a twist knot hides while suggesting a slim waist.
Examples of these from left to right are –
- The fully-lined, just below the waist twist knot, blue ‘D by Damsel Keyhole Dress’ from UK retailer, Matalan with its interesting keyhole cutouts at the neckline
- The purple print, twist knot on the side waist which falls into a soft vertical frill, Capture dress from Ezibuy. It has a waist seam which is hidden by the print and the gathering from the twist knot. The dress has excellent reviews
- The centre-front tie knot, jersey, ‘Chelsea Tie Front Knit Dress’ from Jacqui E which comes in four different prints. All Jacqui E styles are shown with a modern contrasting white or black jacket.
Diagonal tucks across your midriff area are a third style that flatters and suggests a slim waist while not emphasising it. This style lends itself to a number of different tuck placements which will keep the style modern for many years.
Examples of these from left to right are –
- The vibrant fuchsia Grace Hill printed tuck Dress from Ezibuy has sold out in the week since I found it. Use it as an example to look for this style.
- The diagonal pleated and seamed ‘Violet Tuck Shift Dress’ from Jacqui E with diagonal pleats (front only) down to the top of your thighs.
- The black lace plus-size Sara dress from Ezibuy has diagonal pleat-style, crossover ‘cummerbund’ waist feature which is semi-fitted on the front and back. It extends from just above to just below your waist. It has excellent reviews.
Style has always been about choosing clothes which fit nicely and flatter your body shape, whether your body is hourglass, pear, inverted triangle, rectangular or apple shape. Some styles are universal styles that flatter every woman and some are more suited to different body shapes.
These are a guide. If you want the best styles specific to your body shape, click here to get My Private Stylist online or call me on 0407 137 264 for an individual consultation.