3 Tips For Finding Flattering Women's Shirts And Blouses

Shopping for shirts and blouses is the foundation for any business or casual wardrobe. When you are shopping, keeping a few tips in mind can help you find the clothes that will look best on you.

Steer Clear Of Oddly-Placed Seams

Instead of making the back and/or front of a shirt from one piece of fabric, some manufacturers may stitch two pieces together which can lead to an unflattering seam. Make sure you check both the front and back of shirts and choose ones that are made from a continuous piece. When you have a seam running down the middle of your back, it can draw more attention to areas you want to hide, such as any bra bulges. Similarly a seam running down the center of the front can increase attention to your abdomen.

Consider Your Body In Relation To The Garment Structure

Another concern is when shirts are structured with a seam under the bust line or darts to improve the fit of the garment. Although both are not necessarily unflattering, the garment needs to fit perfectly for these details to work. When there are seams under the bust line, they are typically done to make the waist line more fitted, whereas the fabric under the bust line may have more drape. If the bust line is too lose, it will create puckering. When there are darts on a shirt or blouse, make sure the darts fit at your bust line. Having a shorter or longer torso can make the darts hit too high or low on the bust line.

Think Outside The Box For Button-Down Shirts

A problem some women have is that button-down shirts may fit awkwardly because there is a large gap between each button when the shirt is completely closed. This can be caused by having a large bust or if the sleeves are too tight. If you have either problem, find button-down shirts with a little stretch to the material. This will give you more room and can prevent the buttons from having a gap, without going up in size.

Another concern is when going up a size to accommodate a larger area on your body causes the shirt to become baggy in other areas. This is when you need to think outside of the box to keep your shirt flattering. The easiest tactic is to tuck in your shirt and pair the shirt with a fitted blazer or cardigan. Another option is to use a wide belt that matches your outfit to highlight your waistline and make the shirt look more structured. If you wear a belt, add a pencil skirt or straight-leg pants to keep the rest of your outfit structured.

Shirts and blouses are a staple for any wardrobe, but finding the most flattering options can be difficult. By starting with basic pieces and emphasizing fit, you are sure to feel confident in your selections.