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Ask the expert: Tenerife holiday


Ask Caryn Franklin

Caryn Franklin is currently on hand to answer your style questions. Here’s our latest reader query and some tips from the fashion expert herself…

Q: I’ve been invited to go to Tenerife at very short notice. I have put on weight and don’t know what to take with me. I have a medium bust, added weight around my midriff and waist. I also have long slim legs and bootie. Can you please, please help me to buy the right style of tops to hide my midriff in particular? Linda

Caryn says…

Hey Linda, A spontaneous holiday sounds great, don’t let minor insecurities about your shape spoil anything… That’s the beauty of picking clothes to flatter your shape.

Every woman has points she can play up and areas she wants to camouflage so the garments you need to take to Tenerife need to have features that draw the eye to your good points which are your bust and your legs.

Choose tops or dresses that have good fit around the bust and reveal a small amount of cleavage. Empire lines are great for this because the waistline is raised much higher underneath the bust. There are plenty of empire lines that have plenty of fabric that falls away from the bust and skims over the tummy disguising both the waist and the midriff.

Tunic styles and Kaftan styles over Capri pants will also work. Make sure any embellishment or pattern is around the neck line so that the eye is again drawn to the top of the body.

You have great legs so make a feature of them by wearing tailored knee length shorts and shoes that have either strap or jewel detail.

Utilise accessories too like scarves slung loosely round your neck in bright colours and statement necklaces or earrings. Always pick a large bag as this is something you can use to balance your midriff area… Size is everything here by contrast a small bag may make your tummy look bigger.

And finally always remember to wear one pattern or tone over your tummy and down to your hips. Longer length tops will always be your first choice – the thing you want to avoid is a top that doesn’t have enough length and creates a horizontal break across your midriff as this will only exaggerate your tummy area and even make you look fuller than you are.

Have fun,

Caryn X

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