The big secret to wearing flattering clothes isn’t so much in finding the right clothes but in making what you find work. If you don’t have a sewing machine, I suggest you at least get acquainted with a needle and thread. Also, always keep safety pins around, these little guys are life savers. Here are some basics to making things work:
Go for black, as you’ve noticed most of the stuff I’ve posted in black, that’s because dark is ideal for hiding unsightly ripples and curves while looking sharp. There is no going wrong with black, any season, any city, black is your friend.
Up-size, buy a bigger size than you normally would fit. Remember, loose fabric is your friend. This is where the sewing comes in handy, the first top is similar to a top I fell in love with but wasn’t the best at concealing the shoulder blade. I went ahead and bought a bigger size and took it in from the shoulders. this allows the fabric to hang loosely and taking it in from the top helps close up the arm wholes so your bra doesn’t show. It doesn’t have to be perfect by the way, I’ve even used safety pins in the past when I was in a rush and nobody ever notices the seams aren’t perfect.
Life saver, safety pins can be used in so many ways, there is no limit as far as you can get creative. What I mean is if you see the shirt lays too flat on the side of your back where the shoulder blade isn’t an issue, make a little wrinkle, it sounds odd, but if you take in about an inch (or however much is needed) at the collar, that bit of extra fabric can make a world of difference.(I’ll post more details with pics later in case this didn’t make much sense)
No stripes, this is kind of a bummer because I love horizontal black and white stripped fabric but the truth is stripes make any inconsistent curve the focal point so these guys can ruin what can be an otherwise perfect top or dress. If you love stripes as much as I do just wear them under a denim button down, denim vest, or any cardigan.
Switch it up, like I mentioned the other day, shoulders are awesome to show, but even more so on off the shoulder tops since the slant in the fabric helps ripple on the problem side while exposing the side that looks fine. So lets say you find this type of shirt and you are all pumped about buying it but you realize it shows off the wrong shoulder…well, this is where you get creative. For the most part these are easy to wear backwards, I know if sounds crazy but I am proof it works. All you have to do is remove the label so it doesn’t scratch your neck and voila! Perfect shirt. In the off chance that maybe the cut of the neck rides up from the collarbone, get two safety pins and pin them from the inside onto your bra straps (the one perk for having to wear these things haha). By pinning them in place you won’t have to worry about it shifting throughout your day.
Lastly, never underestimate the power of long locks. Hair is your best ally, the longer and fuller your hair is the more it helps to take the focus off the curve. I love short hair and I would shave it off a la Miley Cyrus but unfortunately long hair is something I have always been able to count on for peace of mind when a shirt is a bit too form fitting or even to hide where the safety pin is placed on the collar.
Another myth I want to bust is the fact that you can’t show some skin and feel sexy with scoliosis. Sexiness comes from within so being sexy doesn’t mean wear your little sisters shirt as a dress, it means accenting a feature on yourself that makes you feel confident and rocking your outfit.
Shoulders are very underrated in the “I need to find a sexy outfit” department and that is very wrong. Now, I know what you’re thinking, ” but I have scoliosis, how can I show off my shoulders. Well, just like the skinny jeans and knit fabric, if done right, you can get away with it. The key is to have the style of shirt be loose enough so it hangs nicely.
You can find the black one at Asos or find a similar style other places like Cheap Monday’s version. The bottom one is from Forever 21 and is the perfect example of using the basics to find what patterns and colors suit you best.
This season has been a great one, the many choices of tunics, blouses and button downs available make it easy and comfortable to look your best. I mention being comfortable because the myth that fashion has to be uncomfortable to look good is a thing of the past. Let’s be honest, when we are comfortable in our skin that’s when we look our best. That’s when we aren’t fidgeting or tugging at our shirt or trying to stand by a wall, you guys know what I’m talking about. ;)
Tunics are great for three reasons, they aren’t meant to be form fitting, they are long so any hip unevenness is also easily concealed and since fusion stops growth most of us have smaller torsos and tunics help elongate the silhouette.
They come in many fabrics and it is for sure that flowy fabrics are best since they create natural ripples, which help camouflage, like this Love Quotes tunic. I usually buy a bigger size than normal when I wear tunics since it doesn’t change the style and I always feel more comfortable with more fabric haha.
Knit is a difficult fabric to wear since it tends to hug the body but the ASOS top on the bottom is a perfect example of how finding the right cut of shirt makes all the difference. I included the back of the shirt in grey so you could see the amazing gathers on the back.
In terms of bottoms, if you’re not a shorts girl (which I wasn’t for a long time since I am so thin I hated my skinny legs). Black skinny jeans that come to the ankle are a great classic way to start any outfit, pair it with black ballerina flats and it turns very Hepburn, pair it with black plain sneakers and it gives it an edge. I must admit they don’t make the legs look any fuller but you gotta pick your battles haha, everyone has their quirks. Plus, when you have a great outfit on being skinny or chubby doesn’t matter as much ;)
You can find the black jeans pretty much anywhere but if you’re frugal like me, I got mine at Forever 21 for about $25 (it’s been a while, probably could stand to get a new pair haha).
My black go-to sneakers look like Vans but are actually from Target, which I got for just $13. Side note: I like to tuck in the shoelaces so there is no bow on top.
Ballerina flats can also be found pretty much anywhere but I am absolutely in love with these from Zigi since, well, they look like actual ballerina shoes. These come in many colors, even though they aren’t on the site.
For those of you who like to take it a step further, the Unif loafers with spikes are my sweethearts haha. It’s so easy to dress up any outfit, be comfortable and stand out with these. Warning: These actually hurt if you get hit by them so I would be careful around kids or animals. :)
First, I want to start with what may seem an obvious choice but regardless, there are many variations to the classic. I am talking about the denim shirt, this season has been filled with different versions and it is my favorite go to. I’ve read in many blogs that we should stay away from skinny jeans but I don’t agree. Some of us want to be current and it is totally possible if done right, this is where the denim shirt comes in. I like the “boyfriend” fit best, it is looser and it looks great. If you wear it with something underneath and just wear it open, it will be even more flattering. This means you can wear that spaghetti strap you love, that skin tight dress, basically all the guilty pleasures we can’t get away with otherwise.