It’s the time when living is easy. When women can step out of their front door each morning feeling carefree in shorts and a tank top, the warmth of the sun on their skin…That’s the story, isn’t it? But that story is actually a fantasy for many of us. The reality is very different. We know from experience that summer can be the cruelest season of all.

Others might feel free and happy but, for anyone with a weight issue who feels less than confident about their body, spring and summer are more likely to leave them feeling trapped and miserable. You want to wear something light and floaty but your wardrobe is full of things that cover you and disguise you. Your signature warm weather style is anything that fits you – usually baggy tops and stretchy trousers – and your favorite color is black because it helps you melt into the background.

But it doesn’t have to be that way…

Even once you have started a weight loss journey, dressing in the warmer months can be difficult as your body changes. Here are five great tips for spring and summer dressing in 2016.

1. Wear the right size

Sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? But when you feel big, your instinct is to make your clothes even bigger in order to cover yourself up. Resist that temptation. Don’t buy big. Your clothes should fit, even in the transitional phase when you are losing weight. As you shed inches, try not to continue wearing your old, too-big clothing.

2. Don’t run away from color

We know that the idea of bright color probably makes you feel faint with fear. We know that you like everything in fifty shades of camouflaging grey. Or black. But a vibrant color can make you look and feel summery all on its own, with no further effort required. In fact, color is the very easiest way to do summer.
And it doesn’t have to be lots of color, just a bright top with your black trousers will do the trick.
Some stylists used to say black should not be worn with a bright color – but they were wrong. These days wearing black with a pop of color looks fresh and modern.

3. It’s all about the top layer

There will be styles you won’t consider for summer – but think again. If you like the style but it reveals bits of yourself you are not yet ready to show off, then cover up with an elegant top layer. A light knee-length, fine knit cardigan worn open can look stylish in an effortless way and it will show a bit of what you want seen, but not too much. A lightweight summer coat in a figure-skimming style, sometimes known as a duster coat, will have the same effect with even more elegance.

4. Stick your neck out

But do it in the right neckline. If you have a large bust, then the ideal neckline for you is lower, but it doesn’t have to be a v-neck. Scoop necks work equally well and a boat neckline looks good too, showing just a glimpse of shoulder. Round necks or high necks are harder. Until you are at your target weight and know what your final shape will be, it is easiest to avoid them.

5. Don’t forget to show off

It is in fact very easy to forget this part. Everyone has good features, and that includes you, so dress to show them off. If you have good legs, make sure you are in a figure-skimming dress at the length that is most flattering for you, whether that is above, on or just below the knee. If you have a slender waist, then wear something with shape – anything that hangs off the bust will make you look matronly.

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