Wide hips: Avoid adding any more bulk to your hips – this means no side pockets. Wear dark or neutral colours on the bottom and highlight your top half with accessories, bright colours or patterns.
Small Bust: First things first, get yourself a Wonderbra. This will enhance your breasts and give you some confidence. Then look for tops that add volume to the bust like breast pockets, prints, bows and frills. High-neck vests with cut-away sleeves, sleeveless blouses with detail on the front and chunky polo necks will all give you that little bit extra. Avoid low necks, deep v-necks, corset tops and empire line dresses.
Large Bust: Your goal will be to minimise the size of your bust, which you can do by employing some of the following tactics: wide v-neck shirts, single-breasted jackets with small lapels and wrap tops. Avoid any detail or volume over the bust (no frills or bows), boxy jackets, high-neck items and polo necks.
Big Bum: Go for side-fastening trousers, wide leg trousers, pencil skirts and hipster jeans. Stay away from tight high-waisted pants, tapered trousers, A-line skirts, large prints in a soft fabric (as they tend to cling and then exaggerate size) and shift dresses.
Chunky calves: Stick to flared pants, A-line skirts and dresses to the knee, open-toed chunky-heeled sandals, boots and long skirts. Stay away from cropped pants, calf-length skirts, ankle straps on shoes and kitten heels.
Flabby Tummy: Find tops that skim over your tummy: empire waist shirts and dresses will do the trick, while wrap tops and ruching will also go a long way to hiding flabby bits. Alternatively, go for trousers and skirts with thick waistbands that fasten on the side, low-waisted jeans, or magic knickers that keep it all in check. Avoid skin-clinging shirts and dresses, short t-shirts, tight tops (as they usually rid up to reveal the skin beneath) and pants that are too tight at the waistband.
No Waist: You can create a waist with any of the following items: wrap tops (and dresses), corset tops, deep v-neck shirts and belts around the waist. Stay away from shift dresses, double-breasted jackets and baggy blouses as they hide the waist you are trying to define.
Short: Wearing one colour head to toe will make you look taller instantly – but you run the risk of looking slightly boring. More ingenious ways of elongating your silhouette include: high-heels, wedges, trousers that are no more than an inch above the ground, skirts to just below your knee, and avoiding cargo or ¾ length pants.
Big upper arms: There are a multitude of garment styles out there that will help to hide big upper arms, the most obvious being sleeves: cap sleeves, batwing, kimono, ¾ and full length sleeves will all do the job. Otherwise, if you dead-set on wearing sleeveless or strapless garments, wrap a Pashmina around your shoulders.
Surgery is a rather drastic approach to dealing with your flaws – using clothes in a clever way to hide your shortcomings and enhance your assets will save you both time and money.