1. There is no such thing as a "figure flaw." Your body is not flawed, no matter what. There are only clothing shapes that are flattering vs. unflattering...and even that is subjective. You get to decide. Try to experiment without judgment.
2. You don’t need to hide any part of your body. Camouflage is for the military. Just look for ways to accentuate what you like, that alone can distract from what you might be less comfortable with. The big picture is more about finding that sweet spot of pleasing proportion. You’ll know it when you see it. Once you do, don’t settle for less ever again.
3. Wear your favorite colors. Chances are if it’s your favorite color, it looks good on you. Either way, always choose colors that bring out a glow in your skin tone and make you happy...it is truly amazing how much of a difference good color choices can make.
4. Speaking of color -- black doesn’t automatically make you look thinner (and it’s not about that anyway). Clothes that fit properly can create a smoother line on your body, which is often perceived as more flattering -- color has nothing to do with that. You can play with color density to focus attention the way an artist does: lighter shades highlight, by comparison darker ones tend to recede.
5. Shop accessories with intention. Accessories can create style, direct focus and completely change perception. They expand any wardrobe manifold. One necklace can turn a plain tee & jeans into something elegant or trendy. A belt can transform a sack into a pretty dress. Accessories shouldn't be an afterthought, they are the punctuation, the finishing touch that completes even the most simple outfit. That doesn't mean they always have to stand out, just that they are always an essential compliment.
6. When shopping, if something is too small, SO WHAT? Size doesn’t matter, it’s only a guide to finding the best fit -- and fit is everything. Move up to the next size with no self-recrimination. If that’s not available, just move on to the next garment. There are enough pretty things out there in the "shopping universe"...just keep looking until you find the best ones for you. No. Big. Deal.
7. There is no way manufacturers can possibly create garments that fit every body properly...our shapes are all too diverse. So a lot of clothes won’t work right off the rack, regardless of size. Take control of your clothing and be willing to tailor whenever needed...even if that ends up being all the time. It is WORTH it. Buy less, get better fit. You will be much happier. Really.
8. Accept what you can’t change. Yes, theoretically we can change our weight/size...even influence our shape a bit. But certainly not instantly...and let's stop worrying about all that anyway. When you get dressed, simply focus on looking the best you can in the body you are in right now. Because right now matters more than any other time, and you deserve a beautiful now.
9. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else EVER. It's pointless. There is only one you, with your own unique beauty that no one else can possess. So how can you possibly compare the incomparable? Sure, it's ok to consider others as people to potentially emulate and learn from if you find them admirable and worthy, but you'll never be just like them, nor will they be like you. Oh, and if someone else ever tries to compare you to another person, they're the one with issues -- it’s a reflection of their own insecurity or ulterior motives. Don’t buy into it.
10. Last but not least, be comfortable and enjoy your clothes. When all is said and done clothes are really just a practical necessity, yet we’ve sure created a lot of issues surrounding them. Try not to lose perspective. It's not about trends, money, size or age. What you wear isn’t who you are...it’s just a temporary reflection, part of a fleeting representation. Choosing your clothing should be practical first, and then beyond that it can be creative, fun and even confidence building. But it’s still just fabric on your body. It can’t change who you are; clothes have no inherent power. Only you do...so use it to shop well.