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11. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

Hi Andifras, i'm in completely the same boat and it Asia where it's roasting.

I've mainly been wearing trousers both long and cropped teamed with either tunics, vests or t-shirts. as for beachwear i had been sticking to an all in one swimming costume and maybe those thai fisherman trousers if it's anything wet and active like kayacking or tubing. however i got a bit sick of having brown feet and arms so i had a bikini made in Vietnam and cover up with a vest until i find a secluded patch on the beach to reveal my white gut. sarings are also brilliant for covering up on the beach.

I've seen several people wearing bikinis where the top is more of a vest, and i wish i had bought one of those.

Have fun though, regardless of what you're wearing.

12. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Hi Andifras,

Wear jeans, too, and khakis, what ever you could travel with. I'd bring jeans to Australia for tramping or bushwaking. Bring shorts, too, if you want, for the sights and the cities! I wouldn't wrap up my middle too much, and choke it with vests and spandex [yikes!], but it might be more fashionable to wrap a cloth, sarrong-y belt around your waist to hide some curves and accentuate your newfangled figure . . . Congradulations on loosing weight....

Peace,
Steph

13. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

You know what tho-yeh you should except how you are-and that is really hard yes but i tell ya-i tend to notice that ppl with not so 'perfect' bodies walk around wearing-well not much or tight figure hugging clothes and its the ones that are pretty toned that cover up!

It's all about how comfortable you feel-if you act confident and walk tall trust me it works!

I'm sure every female on here has had he same worries-i've stood there infront of the mirror in my bikini-its only natural!

Well i'm just plain bad when-or vein!-my parents would tell ya! it does my own head in.

Everyone has a diff shape-make the most out of yours!

14. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

You all seem fasion savvy....So how should a really short chick dress as not to look like a munchkin? (I am asking this is all seriousness.)

15. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

You all seem fasion savvy....So how should a really short chick dress as not to look like a munchkin? (I am asking this is all seriousness.)

She should dress in whatever makes her feel comfortable and forget what other people think.Personally i prefer shorter woman but then im only 5ft 7 which isnt that tall for a guy really.

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

These are the first things that came to mind immediately, though there are more:

1) Avoid "frills" - such as lace or other "frilly" decoration along the hemline, neckline and sleeves. These things tend to give the impression of a young girl's style and draw attention to the wrong areas, causing people to look at the decoration from top to bottom and unconsciously calcuating height.

2) Wear vertically striped clothing, rather than horizontal. Vertical lines fool the eye into thinking something is longer (taller) that it is. They are also "slimming". Horizontal patterns accentuate hips, stomach and chest - making the wearer look larger and shorter than they are.

3) As we all know, that "little" black dress in an essential. Again, black disguises height and width. The length of a skirt or dress will also fool the eye, keep the length slightly above the knee but not half way up the thigh. Longer skirt lengths (mid calf) also adds height. Accessorize with jewelery rather than frills. Black pants work in the same way - adding height, not width.

4) Choose dresses that do not have a definite (obvious) waistline - contoured, not baggy - fitted, but not tied or sashed. Same goes for crop tops that are just above the waistline. They define shoulder to waist distance. If you like them, choose a longer shirt to throw over to "confuse" perspective. Longer (classic cut) jackets work better than the shorter ones.

5) Avoid baggy clothes - they make the body look rounder and shorter. There are those 4" stiletto heels, BUT your feet/ankles will hate you and they don't do the job as well as your clothing will. Bolder patterns can work as long as they are not horizontally arranged and don't contain teddy bears.

6) Last but not at all least... Stand tall with your shoulders back. Standing and walking with confidence will do more than the clothes every time. Wear the clothes, don't let the clothes wear you - in other words, a inward feeling of sophistication will emminate outwardly and people won't be paying attention to your height, but to you instead.

17. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Quoting JennyCook

I've seen several people wearing bikinis where the top is more of a vest, and i wish i had bought one of those.

They are called tankinis and they are the best thing to be invented since the wheel. You do have to do a little looking for them since not all shops sell them, but they are well worth it.

18. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

2) Wear vertically striped clothing, rather than horizontal. Vertical lines fool the eye into thinking something is longer (taller) that it is. They are also "slimming". Horizontal patterns accentuate hips, stomach and chest - making the wearer look larger and shorter than they are.

6) Last but not at all least... Stand tall with your shoulders back. Standing and walking with confidence will do more than the clothes every time. Wear the clothes, don't let the clothes wear you - in other words, a inward feeling of sophistication will emminate outwardly and people won't be paying attention to your height, but to you instead.

On the other hand, number 2, is actually totally false!!! When (I'll just use thaword) chubby people wear verticle stripes, they end up looking like Reba McNiel, the country & western singer from Canada. They do not accentuate, they do not thin; they just hang and hide and do not enlighten. Verticle lines might thin you down- if you wear them correctly, and on the right areas, and you then purposely don't look like a scuba diver! Fit people, even just fit, who are slightly petit, could look like they are ERNIE & Bert. Chubby people in thick stripes don't necessarily look that bad. Besides that, it may not be anti- aussie.

Number six tip, although, was quite true indeed.

Peace,

Steph

19. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting bluewaav

On the other hand, number 2, is actually totally false!!! When (I'll just use thaword) chubby people wear verticle stripes, they end up looking like Reba McNiel, the country & western singer from Canada. They do not accentuate, they do not thin; they just hang and hide and do not enlighten. Verticle lines might thin you down- if you wear them correctly, and on the right areas, and you then purposely don't look like a scuba diver! Fit people, even just fit, who are slightly petit, could look like they are ERNIE & Bert. Chubby people in thick stripes don't necessarily look that bad. Besides that, it may not be anti- aussie.

Actually.....I find that vertical strips are flattering to any figure. For instance, a regular button-down shirt with vertical stripes can make anyone look good. I think the key is to wear something that fits properly (again, this is for any shape). If someone wears a a skin tight top that has (any kind) of stripes, the stripes mold to curves and then amplify them...which would make even the skinniest person look bad.

PS: Her name is Rita McNeil ;)

20. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

3) As we all know, that "little" black dress in an essential. Again, black disguises height and width.

Let me first say, great bits of advice Isa! They stand true for any size and shape!

As for the black is slimming thing...it's actually a (part) myth. While the actual colour draws the eye away and to more prominant colours...the cut of a piece of clothing is actually what slims. You can wear a black pair of pants but have them too short or too tight and they will do the opposite of slimming you down and draw the eye to "promblem areas." Ah the pains of being women! ;)