We are all used to looking at ourselves in a mirror but how often do we think about or look at the back view? We forget sometimes that we are not generally seen "full frontal" but from the side and from behind. If you are still the owner of a pert little bum and no unsightly rolls below your bra you need read no further. If, however, your bum is either on the generous side or has "dropped" or you have rolls below the bra line on your back you might want to draw attention away. (Scroll down for photo at the bottom of this blog.) I am a typically English pear shape and my bottom has definitely "dropped" in spite of the gym and Pilates. When I see my back view I am aware that jeans with a short, fitted top is no longer a good look. Cream or white trousers with a darker fitted top is also a no-no. There is nothing "wrong" with my bum or yours but, if we dress to make the most of our assets, I am aware that mine is not really an asset. I just wish I had appreciated it when it was! Heigh-ho!
So what can you do? Here are some tips to ensure your back view when you are wearing a top and trousers or skirt is as beautiful as your front: The aim is "SKIM NOT CLING"..
1. Choose a top which skims your shape and doesn't cling. It can be loosely fitted if you are more curvy, and straight if you have a small bust and not much waist.
2. Dress in the same or similar colour top and bottom. Our eye will not be drawn to any unflattering horizontal line.
3. Make a feature of wearing a tunic top or dress rather than a T shirt over trousers; gently fitted if you are a "curvy" and straighter if you have a smaller bust and no clear waistline..
4. If you have a flat stomach and relatively wider hips, harem pants gathered from the waist can flatter your shape with a short, loosish top.
5. If you are a "curvy", a slip cut off at the right length or a silky cami worn underneath an overblouse can help keep the top elegantly skimming your body and prevent it from getting caught on your behind.. (Thanks to Julia for that tip!)
6. If you have a generous derriere and are wearing a skirt or dress, check that the hem is even all the way round (and not hitched up at the back). The hem wants to look the same distance from the floor all the way round. If you are not a seamstress, dry cleaners often do alterations.
7. Double fabric tops with a firmer lining underneath and a lighter fabric outside can often be a simple way of achieving the magic "skim not cling" look.
Once you have checked in a mirror that your back view "works" - and do move around, lift your arms, sit down and then check again - you won't need to check any more. You will have the confidence that youlook good from any angle!
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