How to hide your problem areas

Sarah Bernard
·Host of The Thread

We all have them. Even famous actresses have them. They just know the tricks for emphasizing their assets and playing down the rest. What each person considers a problem area may be different. Some women may love flaunting their sizable bust while others may be looking to cover up and focus on their shapely legs. Those decisions are up to you. Whatever you decide, we have the perfect style advice. Watch this episode to find out the best way to "hide" six problem areas and create the illusion of a flawless figure.

We have to thank our models— six fabulous Thread viewers— for helping us illustrate our style points. It's amazing how much the shape of a skirt or the length of a sleeve can completely transform a person's look. Here are our style solutions broken down by "problem."

Problem: Large bust

Solution: Many women think they're hiding their ample chest by covering it up with a turtleneck but they're actually making their breasts appear larger. The slimming solution is a top with a scoop neck, which balances the proportion and directs the gaze to your collarbone area and face.

Problem: Untoned arms

Solution: Instead of covering up flabby arms, go for a top with a three-quarter-length sleeve. Because it ends at the thinnest point of your arm (your elbow), the sleeve creates a slimming illusion.

Problem: Big butt

Solution: Stay away from pants that taper at the ankle and tops that are too short. A more flattering combo is a pair of flared jeans and a patterned top that hits at hip-length.

Problem: Muffin top

Solution: Do not buy pants that are too tight or shirts that are made of thin or sheer material. Go for pants with a higher waist-- to keep the lower belly covered-- and add a loose top with a pattern that attracts the eye.

Problem: Thick thighs

Solution: Skinny pants only emphasize the issue. Wide-leg trousers-- which happen to be a big fall trend-- give the illusion of a long thin leg. Avoid tight skirts that hit at midcalf and opt for A-line looks instead.

Problem: Sizable tummy

Solution: New moms know this problem well. A great go-to combo is a tunic and leggings. The tight leggings draw attention to slender stems and the drapey, loose top camouflages belly fat. If you're looking for an evening option, dresses with ruching are ideal.

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