Top Flatter Fashion tips for shopping online
1. Take you measurements and check the size charts. Make a list of what size is usually your best fit for retailers you have bought from before.
2. Read the customer reviews. Look for comments about sizing, fit and fabric to get an idea of whether you may need a smaller or bigger size.
3. Know which fabrics you like to wear. It’s very difficult to tell what an item will feel like, and how it will hang by looking at a photo. So check the labels of your clothes to think about how different fabric contents fall on you. Also, it doesn’t always matter if an item has bust darts if it’s made from a light fabric. So don’t be put off by the structure of an item if it’s in a fabric you think may hang well on you.
4. Read the returns policies. Not everything g will be what you had in mind – that side of clothes shopping is the same as when you had two breasts!
Lastly, I have put together some fashion terms used to describe some of my favourite styles which can narrow your online searches:
Wrap front, Twist front, Tie front, Knot front, Waterfall, Frill, Ruffle, Pussybow, Kimono, Bardot, Bubblehem, Gathered, and Layered.
Amanda recommends empire line midi dresses from Dorothy Perkins this season. Amanda says, ‘Dorothy Perkins has a few of these, which hang really nicely with a slight gather above the line which minimises the flatness.’ No photo of these being modelled.
My style icon Samantha (above in the polka dot bikini!) introduced me to Everything 5 Pounds this week. For anyone like me who is none the wiser, it’s like ASOS meets TK Maxx meets Original Factory Shop. What arrived in my order was a mix of high street (with the labels cut out) and brands I had never heard of. And as it states, everything is £5 or less. Here’s the pick from my first order.
A floral dress with ruffle peplum waistband, and contrasting ribbon detailing creating the illusion of shape.