Nikki’s Inbox: Easy Petite and Curvy Fashion for a Hot Indian Summer

I’m a 20-year-old Indian woman and about 160 cm tall and 65+ kg. I have thick thighs and I am heavy on bottom (32-36-42). I have wheat-ish complexion and wear black spectacles. Because of such body structure, I cannot find clothes that fit me well. My main problem is that I have a lot of fat on my lower belly. Though I am trying to lose weight, it’s going to take some time.

Most of the time I wear mid-rise jeans and long tops or tunics to hide those thighs and belly. But in summer, I get so depressed that everyone else is wearing palazzos, culottes, shorts and those summer dresses while I am stuck with my old jeans trying to hide my calves.

Please suggest me something that will suit my body without revealing much skin. With the same monotonous clothes, I have started losing my confidence.

Gayatri, 20/India


Hello, Gayatri! Kudos on trying to lose weight for a healthier you. You’re right: it’s going to take time, and it’s going to be hard. But as long as you do it for the right reasons – becoming fitter and in shape, having more stamina – then you’ll be the one who reaps all the great rewards that come with it! Shopping for new clothes and getting to fit into them is an added bonus.

That said, I see no reason why you can’t wear palazzo pants, culottes and summer dresses, darling. You just have to make sure to create a visually balanced look on top and at the bottom.

Your Tops: Vivid Colors, Prints, Patterns

This is something I always say to women who are bottom-heavy. Pairing brighter tops with darker bottoms is the easiest way to focus attention on your upper half, Gayatri. Summer is the perfect season to sport dramatic white as well as brighter colors, prints and patterns. Go for cotton and linen blouses and shirts in lovely peasant styles with puff or bell sleeves, empire cuts and flattering scoop necklines. As for prints and patterns, it can be anything from the tried-and-tested stripes to seasonal favorites such as florals and paisleys, or even cute prints like cats, owls and more.

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Your Skirts: A-Lines and Midis

Another foolproof option for any body shape, horizontal or vertical! A-line skirts are definitely any woman’s best friend, and for you, Gayatri, a midi-length (mid-calf) A-line skirt can do wonders, and the same goes for A-line dresses. Having it hit mid-calf means you won’t be as self-conscious about your legs and still pull off a classic feminine style. Since this is for summer, choose light airy fabrics such as chiffon (quick tip: ballerina skirts are all the rage again!), or sturdy cotton, with pleats to please another spring trend.

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While I know it’s tempting to just cover up your stomach area, please don’t wear anything oversized, loose or baggy, or in very clingy fabrics (such as Spandex or Lycra). It’s tempting to get a maxi dress or skirt that looks so graceful but in the wrong material, it may just end up emphasizing what you want to hide.

Your Pants: Wide-Leg Pants

While I’m okay with living in jeans most of the year, I can fully understand why you want to go without them in the Indian summer. So who says you can’t wear palazzo pants? The palazzo pants of the 90s have been reinvented recently as wide-leg pants. And guess what? You can totally wear them! Aside from the classic long-line palazzos, there are also gaucho pants that resemble A-line skirts since they share the same flared silhouette. They also come in various lengths and fabrics so I’m sure there’s a pair or several out there that you could totally rock!

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Your Bonus Features: Accessories and Makeup

Part of your strategy to focus the attention on your upper half includes your face and hair, darling Gayatri. So if you haven’t really focused on those aspects, now’s the time! It can be as simple as getting a new haircut (it’s summer after all), or a new hair style, or just wearing colored hair extensions or a fake colored fringe. You can also accessorize a little more, such as wearing eye-catching earrings or a statement necklace if you put your hair up in a bun or a ponytail. A cute paisley print hair band or candy-colored cap is a simple yet no-brainer way to combat bad hair days while a little mascara, well-groomed eyebrows and a rosy tint on your cheeks and lips will definitely transform your look, glasses or no glasses!

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You can consider all the suggestions I made above, or ignore them and just simply wear whatever you want because it’s your body. Embrace the body you have, dearest, even if your tummy isn’t flat or your calves not model-thin. Focus on what’s good about yourself, not just the physical: your smile, your attitude, your friendships, and your intelligence. We are more than just our bodies after all. Good luck!

P.S. If you’re sending a question, please don’t forget to include any helpful information about your body type or shape, your tastes or personality. You can include a photo (link only please) of yourself or your clothes (which I will never publish without pre-approval). Thank you!

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