In anticipation of all those great Memorial Day sales, consider these quick summer fashion fixes from Sarah:
“The good thing about summer clothing is that we don’t need so many layers. The bad thing about summer clothing is that we can’t hide under so many layers. And as busy moms everywhere can attest, occasionally we have some bits and pieces we’d like to hide under some layers. Fortunately, this season’s trends offer a number of quick fixes, no matter the trouble spot:
Don’t like your arms? Then the full sleeve is for you. Choose a top with a scoop-neck to draw attention to your neck and collarbones, and opt for soft fullness over your upper arms. These styles are available in short or ¾ sleeve for warmer days, or the full-on boho style for cool nights. Great with jeans or a slim skirt.
Haven’t had time to whittle your middle? Thank heaven for the empire waist. With a band that hugs your ribcage at the smallest part of your torso then floats away over the rest of you, this style of blouse, sleeveless top or dress has the added advantage of making your legs look a mile long. Team with Bermuda shorts or a denim skirt. Or go all the way with a super-chic maxi dress. (Busty girls, beware: too-floaty empire tops make you look prego!)
Are you a hippy chick? You’ll love the wide-leg pants that are everywhere this season in cottons and linens. By wearing pants that fit in the hip and then fall straight to the hems (as opposed to boot-cut, flare, or skinny-leg cuts), you’ll streamline your lower half. Balance this relaxed fit with a slim knit or princess-seamed top. Great with gladiator sandals or ballet flats.
Really not ready for summer? If you have trouble picking one of the above areas to camouflage first, I recommend a tunic. This ancient staple is back, and is a die-hard, drop-dead, sharp-dressed go-to. The mandarin collar and v-front elongate your neck, and embellishments draw attention to your face. The sleek cut skims over your torso without clinging, and flares to a hem just enough to flatter your hips. Perfect for day or night, with shorts or pants, or alone as a mini-dress with tan legs and metallic sandals, Tory Burch has hit on a gold mine, but you can find great examples at any price. I’m hooked.
Don’t forget to emphasize your positives while camouflaging your trouble spots! if you don’t like your tummy, show off your great legs! Draw attention from your full hips to your toned shoulders. Make people forget how petite you are by wearing a v-neck top that shows off your great décolletage. And a smiling face, despite the heat (or the screaming toddler at your feet), is the most flattering accessory of all.”