@DanaE: Okay, well here is what I wore for our engagement shoot:
There was some detailing (wrap-like) on the bust, it was a soft fabric (not a “sticky” or stretchy one, more cotton than anything.)
Note: I realized that I have very few full body shots of me at this point, ha.
But here are some examples I could find in my Picasa (these are anywhere from recent to 2006-ish.)
Top Left: I’m second from the left, wearing a flowy, empire-waisted dress. Note: All of us in this pic are “full figured” ranging from probably a size 12 to a size 22 or so.
Top Right: Empire waisted again, it virtually disguises my stomach.
Bottom Left: Empire waisted top; layered.
Bottom 2nd from Left: Good example of dark jeans and layering working MAGIC!
Middle Right (the one in front of lake): Good example of dark jeans and a black scoop neck shirt.
Bottom 2nd from Right: I’m in the middle. Both of those girls are WAY skinnier than I am, but I don’t feel absolutely huge next to them. Why? Dark jeans witho structure and a top that fits and disguises.
Bottom Right: Another good example of “layering camouflage.”
So overall, my three personal go-to things for looking and feeling slimmer:
1. Empire waists, or at least an interesting neckline (scoop or v-neck, I also like boat-neck)
2. Dark jeans
3. Layers, when appropriate.