Nikki’s Inbox: No, You Don’t Need to Be Skinny To Look Good

Hello Nikki. I really enjoy reading your blog! So I thought I should try asking a question of my own. I have never really been “in style” or anything and I have never really cared about what others thought of me. But recently I have gotten more into how I actually look and I’m becoming more self-conscious of it.

My wardrobe is mainly made up of second-hand clothes from my aunts and cousins so I’m trying to restyle my wardrobe and wear clothes that look good on me but I can’t really find “my style.” I used to prefer loose clothing but that usually just makes me look fatter and tight clothing feels a little uncomfortable for me. I just can’t seem to find the right clothes for me! I’m pretty short (around 150cm), I have a chubby hourglass figure (90cm-70cm-90cm) and super short thick legs because of swimming and running.

Most of my friends are taller and skinnier and they always look good when they wear things like boyfriend-styled clothing or pretty dresses but I just don’t seem to suit anything. I think I have this small voice in my head that keeps telling me, “You need to be skinny to look good in clothes.” but I don’t think I could lose weight that easily either. I would be really thankful if you could give me some tips and advice on what type of clothing I should be wearing and how to get in style! Thank you!

Tiffany, 16/Australia

Thank you for writing, Tiffany! I’m not really surprised that you’re finding it difficult to find suitable clothes after years of wearing clothes designed for other body shapes. I’m glad you already know your body shape and dimensions because as I always say here, knowing your body well is already winning half the battle!

Remember that being skinny isn’t the answer to everything. Look at Venus and Serena Williams. They’re certainly not skinny but they’re muscular, powerful and amazing athletes. You’ve got great legs and a fit body because you worked hard for it! Be proud of yourself, my dear.

Let’s start with something simple, okay?

The Right Angles: V-Necks and Off-Shoulder Tops

V-necklines serve to seemingly narrow those swimmer shoulders you have. If you have button-down shirts, the easiest way to get a V-neckline is to simply leave a few of the top buttons open. Make it look more casual by rolling up the sleeves a bit, too.

Off-shoulder tops are the hottest look right now. It shows off just enough skin but still looks utterly feminine and cute. Bonus points: It can also cover muscular upper arms (but I’d show mine if I had seriously toned biceps like yours). You might also try cutout shoulder tops which give you a different angle! I know it’s winter in Australia so you might not be able to wear this right now. But who cares? It only means you can stock up on these and look forward to wearing them really soon!

Make Length Your Strength

Those tops look awesome with shorts, too, did you know? Since you’re quite petite, it’s important to show more of your legs — but please go for the length that you find acceptable. I’d suggest somewhere between mid-thigh to just about your upper thigh. You can wear those tops tucked or just loose with the shorts, and pair them with sneakers, flats or sandals.

For jeans, why not try slim-leg versions instead of the usual skinny? The nice thing about jeans these days is that there are now more choices than ever so you don’t have to stick to just one or two looks all the time. What matters here is length so please make sure to have your jeans altered to your inseam. You can roll up the cuffs to your ankles which is a look that goes perfectly well with white sneakers.

Dress For Your Best Self

Again, length is a consideration for your height, Tiffany darling. Skirts and dresses that are knee-length or just a couple of inches higher will look better. Even better, choose those with a defined waist because your figure is really enviable, trust me.

The A-line style is really made for shapes like yours because it really makes everything look perfectly proportional. Plus, it won’t be hard to find A-line dresses because they never go out of style. Make sure to choose something with small prints or patterns to suit your frame. You can also wear solid colors so make sure to pick a few in your favorite shades.

The above suggestions are baby steps. Heck, you don’t even have to follow them because you should definitely march to your own beat. Once you’re more confident about your choices, you can expand your wardrobe repertoire. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, dear. 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 selfie (link only please) or a photo of your clothes (which I will never publish without pre-approval). Thank you!

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