Ask Laia: What Can I Wear That Won't Add Weight Or Baby Rumors To My Shape?

"My mom is very helpful in pointing out when an outfit makes me look pregnant."
Publish date:
July 6, 2011
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Hi Laia,

I'm a 34F with broad shoulders. It's easy, while dressing, to end up looking fatter than I am. Do you have any suggestions? My mom is very helpful in pointing out when an outfit makes me look pregnant.


Thank you for writing in Nicole! Fortunately this is a problem that can be easily solved with just a few tips.

(And P.S. moms, can you lay off your daughters' bodies for a second? It's kinda getting outta control.)

Chiffon Midi Skirt $51.72, ASOS

Define your waist at all times. I think this is the #1 most important advice for your silhouette. Stay away from empire waists that rarely do anyone any favors (but we still wear because whatever, they're breezy in the summertime) and from drop-waists that will seem too forced. High-waisted items should become your best friend, like this super cute skirt from ASOS that I was instantly attracted to because of it's awesome pink color. If chiffon is too fancy for you then something soft like this heart-print skirt can do the trick. You don't need to stick to A-line skirts either! A fitted pencil skirt with a little fishtail hem is also a great idea and the lil' flare in the hem will help out balance the top and bottom.

Off Shoulder Top $34.48, ASOS

Don't try to hide your boobs. If you've got it, flaunt it, I say! Don't bother with loose tops and A-line blouses and parachute tops or anything else with unnecessary fabric. Since you have a broad back I would stay away from halter tops and racerbacks, which is fine because scoop-necks and boat-necks are so much prettier anyways! I love the subtle ruching detail in this top.

Diane von Furstenberg New Julian Silk Wrap Dress $345, Nordstrom

Wrap dresses are your friend. There's a reason why Diane von Furstenberg's wrap dresses landed her on the cover of Newsweek in 1976, they really are as close to universally flattering as a garment can get. Of course the wrap dress is a standard silhouette now so you can find it in a variety of pieces. I think this wrap-style bodysuit could be a real staple in your closet. Pair it with your favorite flouncy skirts or cool slim jeans for a total va-va-voom look.

In a nutshell, hide nothing and highlight everything else! You catch my drift?

And special thanks to commenter Julie who reminded me about the importance of wrap dresses during our big bra-conversation last night (post forthcoming!).