How to Camouflage a Rounded Back (and other body changes when you hit 55+)

We have all been there! It would be nice if your body never changed so that your clothes would fit from year to year. Even with or without the extra weight you may have put on during the lockdown due to Covid, your body is constantly changing shape. Although it may seem like the changes occurred overnight, they have been developing over time. It’s always a good idea to try your clothes on from year to year. You don’t know how something is going to fit until you’ve put it on your body. Not all size 12’s are the same. Just because something fit previously doesn’t mean it’s going to fit your body now, your weight may be the same, but it may be in a different place on your body. If you have the over 55 body, you may find your body is changing more than you would like it to. 

As you age your body changes and that can be incredibly challenging for having clothes that fit well.  Some of the fitting challenges that can occur with aging are forward tilting shoulders, a forward neck, drooping bustline, fuller tummy, abdomen and (or) hips, and curvature of the spine (rounded back).

Although most of these body changes will occur as you age, you can minimize some of these issues by doing what you can to have healthy bones. You can learn how to have good bone health by becoming knowledgeable about osteoporosis. Since May is National Osteoporosis Month, it’s a great time to learn how to have healthy bones.

Although these body changes typically occur in older adults, they can occur at any age depending on your lifestyle and genetics. Many younger people are experiencing a more rounded back and forward tilting head (tech-neck) because of the frequent leaning over mobile devices.

So, what does this mean for dressing and your confidence level? It means that you‘ll need a tailor on speed dial, or you need to know how to sew. Clothing that doesn’t fit well can eat away at your confidence. Since not everyone can have a tailor on call or knows how to sew, how do you dress when you have a body with these challenges?

Five Ways to Dress with the Above Figure Variations

  1. Scarves
  2. Hooded Jackets
  3. Garments with Asymmetrical hemlines
  4. Knit garments
  5. V-necklines or low rounded necklines

Why do these clothing items work for a woman? They work by not bringing attraction to the figure variations. With less emphasis on the figure variation, it allows the wearer to have confidence in her clothing. Scarves bring the attention upward to her face where she wants the focus to be and can create interesting silhouettes.  With a hooded jacket, when the hood is laying over the back, the curve in the back isn’t as prominent. Asymmetrical hems may make other body variations not as obvious; a v-neckline allows for the forward tilting head to have more room at the neckline and stretchy knit fabrics provide the capability to stretch thus allowing for extra length that is needed for the back.

These are just some of the options that are available for women with these issues. Need more ideas? Schedule a complimentary clarity call, today.

May your clothes fit,

Marilyn