Whether in the country, the suburbs, or in a big city – Chicago, for example – one sees countless beautiful women every day. But image mistakes, big or small, can ruin an otherwise cute look. Avoid the following so you can always look your best.
A woman can look fabulous – until you get an eyeful of bra bulge that is distracting and can spoil the best image. Fat likes to sneak onto the upper back with stress, age, lack of fitness. Don’t let bra bulge compromise your look.
Lose flab: Get regular aerobic exercise to trim off fat. Weightlift to firm up the back.
Bad bras: Even if you’re in good shape, maybe it’s time for new bras. Try on all your bras in the mirror under your tightest light-colored shirt, checking the side and back views. If you see bra bulge, get a bra fitting — some department stores and Victoria’s Secret do it for free — and buy new bras.
Nothing announces “older woman” like a crinkly cleavage. Check it out: push your breasts together while looking in the mirror. Do you have a wrinkly cleavage?
Fix it: The skin on the chest is some of the thinnest on the human body. Moisturize liberally and often. A heavy cream, like a neck cream — but not a shiny one — may be necessary.
Check out your back in the mirror, bending and twisting to see how your back looks in any position. To wear a backless style, your back must be perfectly toned and preferably unblemished. And even if it is, don’t wear a bra with backless styles unless it’s cleverly concealed. If you dare to go bare with a backless top or midriff top, do a back check well before you plan to leave the house.
Muffin top can strike at any age, affecting those who are slim or heavy. Muffin top simply signals you have outgrown your clothes, or they have shrunk, and no matter how cute your wardrobe, muffin top can cheapen one’s look. An instant fix for muffin top? Buy bigger bottoms. No matter what else, if anything, you decide to do about it, take yourself on a shopping spree so you can maintain an attractive silhouette.
There are many causes of a big stomach, which can blight a man’s body as well as a woman’s. Whatever the cause, there is a solution, but first diagnose the situation. In the meantime, cover it up or suck it in (good for your abdominal muscles but can cramp your digestive tract).
Overweight: Check with your doctor. You may have a sluggish thyroid. It’s more common in women than men, and more common than people think. Doctors don’t necessarily test for an under-active thyroid; it’s one of the most under-diagnosed medical conditions. Going on thyroid medication to boost the thyroid’s performance can seem to melt fat off like magic as soon as you start. If that is not your problem and you are simply over weight, cut down on the carbohydrates, especially sugar.
Out of shape: Get serious about your body and health: Start exercising. Discipline yourself and stick with it.
Bloated: Figure out why you are bloated – by researching, paying attention to your body and visiting your doctor – so that bloating can be prevented. Diet can cause bloating but so can many other things.
Health warning: A disproportionately bulging belly can signal a health condition. Get a comprehensive checkup. Take care of your health; you only have one body!
Pantyhose camouflaged flaws and offered support, but no one wears it anymore. Take a long scrutinizing look at your legs from all angles, preferably in natural daylight or a dressing room mirror. If you don’t feel you can show them off proudly, either fix them up or cover up. In any case, analyze your leg shape and size and find a clothing length that makes your legs look their best.
The fix: Work out and tone, shave and exfoliate your legs. There is cosmetic surgery to treat vein problems. Short of that, get a spray tan, use a self-tanning cream on legs, or even better, Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs or a similar product (though make sure you use a shade that matches the rest of your skin).
Cover up: Wear bare legs beneath your long skirts or wear legwear or footwear that obscure imperfect legs.
Footwear should match the style of an outfit. For example, recently at Chicago SummerDance, there was a woman wearing a feminine, flowery flowing pastel dress while dancing in huge, clunky, drab sports shoes. While it is important to be comfortable and consider the health of your feet, a much more attractive option in such a case would be some cute flats.
Be ever-mindful of your posture. Stand up straight. Sit up straight. Set up your work and play areas ergonomically.
Life got you down? Stop hunkering down; all is not lost. Straighten up and you will instantly feel more in control of your reality. Feel bad because of others’ behavior? Stand up straight anyhow! Do it for you! No matter what happens, shoulders back; chin up. Carry yourself with dignity. Practicing good posture sends a message to your brain that no matter how this world treats you, you are worthwhile.
Gravity taking its toll? Become energetic: Eat foods that fuel you; get proper sleep and exercise (especially posture techniques). Upright posture acts like a body lift! Try it in the mirror unclothed and you’ll see: It can make you look trimmer, taking years off your looks.
The longer you live, the more important good posture becomes. You can prevent shrinking by lifting weights and getting your calcium. If you don’t do dairy, find a calcium supplement you like and take it religiously. Do not allow the accumulated cares of life weigh you down; liberate yourself from the baggage. Go on a personal quest to regain energy and enthusiasm for living. You are so worth it!