Jul 13, 2010 12:41 PM
Marie wrote, "Dear Outblush, Recently I've gained a lot of weight, and I don't even know how to dress myself anymore! I have a small chest, so the newfound weight in my stomach and love handle areas is especially noticeable. What are some cute, summer-appropriate tops that can hide a tummy without necessarily making me look pregnant? Thanks for your help! Marie"
Marie, we think you probably look awesome! But, we totally understand wanting to feel more confident in your clothes, so here are a few tips: empire-waist tops will draw the eye upwards towards your chest, neck, and face. Likewise, tops with detail on the bust, neck, and arms will visually balance out your bottom half - since you have a smaller chest, you can go for ruching, embroidery, or ruffles across the bustline. Nothing says "I hate myself" like dressing in dark, dowdy colors, so go for bright colors and prints to show off your sassy side!
1 - Soulmates Ruffle-Neck Top ($29)
2 - Victoria's Secret Ruched Halter Babydoll Bra Top ($20 on clearance, in 3 colors)
3 - M.S.S.P. Empire-Waist Top ($41, in 2 colors)
4 - Joie 'Jaynesilk Habotai' Braded Detail Tank ($72 on sale, in 2 colors)
5 - Free People Strappy Printed Crinkle Tank ($48, in 3 prints)
6 - Fourtys Daffodil V-Neck Empire Top ($63 on sale)
7 - New York & Company Sleeveless Ruffle Top ($27, in 7 colors)
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