1. Experiment with a longer coat.
You’ll look good AND keep hella warm.
“The perfect length would hit somewhere between your knee and the middle of your calf,” fashion blogger Isabell Decker of Dressing Outside The Box told BuzzFeed Life. “The length can elongate the silhouette and hide bigger thighs, if that’s what your looking for.”
3. Find a button-up that fits comfortably across your chest, and pair it with a contrasting blazer.
“I’m a 38 DDD, so its really hard to find shirts that allow for my boobs and are still fitted on my arms,” says The Haute Girl fashion blogger and photographer Alea Lovely. “I love wearing button-ups under blazers and cardigans because you can’t tell that the shirt is baggy elsewhere.”
4. Don’t be afraid to leave your shirt untucked under your sweater.
It adds a little boyish flare.
“With the collar and shirt tail sticking out, you create a more rectangular silhouette,” says Avant Blargh fashion blogger Bianca deBardelaben. “This can be ideal for people who want to avoid the hourglass look.”
7. Add some interest around your waist.
So cute, right?
“If you are looking to balance out less proportioned areas, tie a flannel shirt, cardigan, or thin jacket around the waist for added dimension to your overall silhouette ,” says Sara Medd, stylist and founder of Greyscale Goods, a personal shopping service where stylists use customer profiles to curate androgynous clothing collections and send them through the mail.
11. Elongate your torso with a patterned trim.
Look for a bold pattern along the shirt’s placket (or button line) if you want to lengthen your torso without wearing a tie.
14. Play with proportions.
Like, say, try tucking an oversized shirt into fitted pants and see how you feel.
“Experimenting with proportions is a really easy way to change the look of an outfit,” says Okello. “I tend to feel more androgynous when I wear looser silhouettes.”
15. Check out ASOS Curve, New Look, and Dorothy Perkins for affordable androgynous options in every size.
16. Get a blazer with one vent in the back.
“Get a blazer with the single vent if you want to downplay your hips,” says Oram. A jacket without a vent can create pulling, and two vents can flare around the hips. If you’re looking to invest in a great blazer, Oram suggests Topman, which carries fits for narrow and wide shoulders.
17. Button a cardigan the way you would a jacket.
“With buttoning a cardigan, I try to follow the same rule as I do with suit jackets: sometimes, always, never,” says Medd, referring to whether you should ever bother actually keeping your cardigan buttoned or wear it open.
“For a more professional look, button at least 2 to 3 middle buttons.” Also, be aware that a cardigan’s bottom button is often sewn onto the ribbed hem, which “can create more billowing in the silhouette overall.” You can counteract the billowing by tucking it in.
18. Find the perfect pair of wingtips.
Shoes really can make all the difference.
“A little bit of height or weight to the sole can add more balance to the overall outfit,” says Medd. “But avoid a super rounded toe, which can look dated.” Check out styles from Aldo and Urban Outfitters.
19. Thrift for clothes and then take them to a tailor.
Cheap! Yaaaaaas! CHEAP!
“Buy cheap, oversized clothes from a thrift shop, and then get them taken in,” says Oram. “In the end you’ll have something that fits perfectly without having to spend a lot of money.”
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