This one's about your "Skinny Bits".
"Skinny Bits" is a rag trade term that refers to the two faithful parts of a woman's body that stay slim, no matter what, 99.9999% of the time. No matter the shape of the rest of you, your Skinny Bits are always on standby to help you look taller, longer and leaner. And they reliably work their magic every single time you ask them to. I always thought "Skinny Bits" was a wonderful, well-deserved, vaguely British, fabulously cheeky-sounding term to use to name two such magnificent body parts.
Your Skinny Bits are:
- Your forearms from mid-elbow down and
- Your upper chest and neck; specifically, the V-shaped area that starts just at the top of a little peek of cleavage (that's the bottom of the V) and extends upward in a fairly narrow V to include your upper chest, a bit of collarbone area and your neck.
The trick is all about creating the illusion of more length, leanness, and height for you using visual "V" silhouettes. Here's how the Skinny Bits help you do this.
One other tiny tip related to the forearm Skinny Bit: When you buy a jacket, pay attention to how WIDE the sleeves are. If they're bulky, especially below the elbow, have the sleeve tapered from top to bottom by a seamstress. The technical term for this tapering (and you should ask to have this done with your trousers, too, when you have them hemmed, but that's a topic for another post) is "pegging" -- it means gradually narrowing from top to bottom, or in this case from shoulder to wrist. Next time you try on a jacket in the store, fold back that wide sleeve and look at the difference in the mirror. Once again, girls, this is one of those small expenditures that will make a HUGE difference in the way your clothes fit and look.
That's it for now -- nothing complex here, just a ridiculously simple but never-fail trick or two to make you feel and look like a tall(er) drink of cool water!