Capri pants are rarely flattering on anyone. If you didn’t know this already, I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you. The reason they are rarely flattering is because of line they create on your leg. Most capri length pants make the leg look shorter and less lean. Who wants that?
Lines are super important when deciding what works on you and what doesn’t. For example, a shirt can actually make your hips look bigger or less big depending on where it falls on you — all because of the line it creates on your body. It’s like an optical illusion and draws attention to itself. Wherever there is a line, which there usually is with the change of color that happens from garment to garment, the eye goes.
Because of lines, boot cut jeans are usually flattering on most body types. Most ladies have larger thighs than they do ankles, so the slight flare at the bottom balances us out. Because of lines, three-quarter length sleeves are usually flattering on most body types, because they hit at the point on the arm where it starts to get more slender. Because of lines, wrap dresses are usually flattering on most body types, because they create a waist where we maybe didn’t have one and draw the eye in to give us a more shapely figure.
When the lines aren’t built into our clothes for us, what can we do? Accessorize. Belts, necklaces, bracelets, scarves — all of these things can change the line of our clothes and feature the parts we prefer to have featured. Cardigans, blazers, and other toppers can also change the look of an outfit for the better.
When scouring Polyvore and the stores I shop online for a selection of universally flattering tops, here’s what I came up with: