I was looking through a Jessica London catalog recently. Jessica London specializes in clothing for larger women. Their tag line is “We Love Your Curves.” But larger women need to understand that they have to follow the same rules as everyone else. If you want an area to look smaller, don’t put a pattern on it.

This is a great example of the difference between a small, overall pattern and a horizontal pattern. In the picture on the top, the leg on the left looks much thinner than the leg on the right. That is because there is an overall pattern and your eye doesn’t know where to stop. For the leg on the right, every time there is a horizontal line (I can’t count how many there are!) the eye stops and it creates the illusion of heaviness.

The picture bottom picture shows what happens when you put this into action–the Zebra Print tights grab all the attention. If you’ve been following me long, you know that the attention belongs on your face, not your tights! They did have her pose correctly, one leg half covering the other and in pumps with higher heels. But if this model had worn the same dress with the Leopard Print tights, her legs would have been less noticeable (and looked thinner) because of the small, overall print.

No matter what your size, the rules of body balancing don’t change. Most importantly, just because you see it in a magazine, doesn’t make it right!

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, Certified Total Image Consultant