Lumps and bumps and sags, oh my!
Scurry on over to the yellow brick road, my pretties, 'cause we're about to take you to the Wizard of Fashion to fix those beauty woes. You know what we're talking about: the misfortunate beauty hardships that pester like a mosquito in your ear at bedtime.
From less-than-perky breasts to unsightly back bulge to that troublesome underarm skin that wobbles to its own beat, we're here to address -- and fix -- the problem. The best part? No recovery time needed. In other words, these are quick fashion fixes that you can do yourself -- without the aid of an ultra-pricey plastic surgeon.
Remove Bra-Related Bulges
A brassiere is, in the most literal sense, a woman's ultimate bosom buddy. So, if your relationship with Ms. Hold-Em-Up is a sour one -- and it would be if she causes back bulges and front/side spillage -- now's the time to head to a relationship counselor AKA the lingerie department.
The first step to getting rid of ghastly back bulges is a well-fitting bra. Most women wear the wrong size, which causes both discomfort and fashion faux pas. Get yourself measured at a lingerie department store (or measure yourself following these steps
) and buy a bra in the correct size.
One of the best signs that you're wearing the correct size is comfort. Also, there should be no spillage on the sides or a boob "muffin top." Lastly the center should lay flat against your chest.
If you're still dealing with back bulges, we recommend shape wear that targets the area. The revolutionary SASSYBAX Bralette
($52.80) is a winner in our book. It removes back fat, back bulge and is worn by celebrities and discerning women around the world. Those who are more endowed will appreciate the underwire version
Products that are specifically created to slam-down the bulge monster include
Soma Intimates Vanishing Back Unlined Bra
($44), Bali Bra Concealers Back Smoothing Underwire Bra
($36) and Miraclesuit Shapewear - Real Smooth Camisole with Underwire
Conceal Wobbly Arms
Don't let a case of the arm wobbles prevent you from wearing that pretty shirt or dress you've been lusting over. Whether your arms are truly wobbly or simply not as toned as you prefer, a few quick fixes exist to address this beauty tribulation.
The easiest solution is definitely a cover up, but don't let the word "cover up" send your mind hurtling toward visions of grandmas in oversized, paisley shawls. You can look fashion-forward and chic in a variety of cover-ups.
For example, a knit cardigan over a tank top or sleeveless dress makes for a pretty, layered ensemble. We love this Amy Byer Ribbed Knit Cardigan
($19.99) for a casual, carefree vibe. The short sleeves make this appropriate for warmer temps. We also love the look of this Victoria's Secret Metallic Cardigan Sweater
($47.60) and this Three Dots Thermal Open Cardigan
($24.99). For fancier attire, appoint a cropped cardigan or a wrap/shawl as your go-to cover up.
Another trending arm coverup is the poncho. You can wear it over a camisole or light tank for a western-meets-runway look. They're perfect for just about any setting, whether you're huddled around a toasty bonfire or out to dinner with your special someone. We're digging these: New York & Co.'s Hooded Knit Poncho
($49.95), Full Tilt's Open Weave Womens Poncho
($24.99), Research & Design Colorblock Poncho Sweater
($49) and Christin Michaels Brielle Poncho
To tighten and smooth underneath a long sleeved piece, employ the Sassybax Armed and Dangerous Body Shaper
($59.40). It compresses and smoothes the arms without being seen.
Disguise a Round Tummy
A rounder midsection may be the result of a post-baby bump or even a post-oreo bump (hey, we've all been there). No matter the cause of your endowed midsection, know that everyone always wishes their tummy was more toned. And you look fabulous regardless.
Outside of exercise, you can create the illusion of a flatter stomach. This is done with either shape wear (have you noticed a trend there?) or with cleverly designed clothes that conceal and slim. Put them both together and wham - it's like you've lost 10 pounds in under 10 minutes!
Choosing the appropriate shapewear is easy. Just find a product that slims the area that bothers you most. If you're pleased with your upper stomach, but want to smooth the bellybutton and below, try a product like Cosabella's NSN Sexy Shaper Thong
(from $46.40). To shape underneath the bra-line to your knees, employ something like TC Fine Shapewear's Wear Your Own Bra Shaping Long Leg Torsette Shapewear
($72). For the entire bust to hip region, try something like Spanx's Black Scoop Neck Top
($95). Though pricey, it does the trick and will last for ages.
As for clothing that conceals this problem area, know that the fashion-world is way ahead of you. For ages women have worried about their waist line, so designers have plugged away at creating the most flattering clothing for their clients.
Some styles use shapes and colors to minimize your stomach, like this Bebe 2b Bethany Sheath Colorblock Dress in Black and White
($34.95). This vibrant NY Collection Dress
($39.99) also makes your entire body look slimmer because of the black side paneling. You can also check out more colorblock dresses
on AOL Shopping.
Other styles manipulate fabric to conceal and accent areas you prefer showing off. For example, high waisted empire dresses and shirts accentuate the narrowest part of your waist (just under the bust). Examples include this Cha Cha Vente Dress
($32.99), ECI's Three Quarter Sleeve Beaded Empire Waist Dress
($79) and this Style&Co.'s Kimono Sleeve Printed Beaded Empire Waist Tunic
Wrap dresses also conceal a round tummy, like this Victoria's Secret Faux Wrap Dress
($69.50), The Limited's Ruffle Wrap Shirt Dress
($49.99) or the NY Collection Short Sleeve Solud Jersey Wrap Dress
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