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Tips for fixing the top 5 fashion problems

Wondering how to dress a big tush? Or long arms? Stacy London from TLC's “What Not To Wear” answers the most common style dilemmas.
/ Source: TODAY

Stacy London from TLC's “What Not To Wear” headed into the veritable fashion jungle of Times Square to find the top fashion problems people are plagued by the most. Here are her style fixes for the most common concerns:  

When asking Americans at large what their fashion “issues” were, we got oodles of answers. But what seems to be the biggest style conundrum for most folks is how to find clothes that fit and flatter when everybody's body is different. So many woman have problems with the way clothing fits, but we all have to realize that nobody is a cookie-cutter size. And because clothes are not tailor made, we should all be using a tailor.

Long arms and long legs
Length of sleeve and length of pant leg are super important. The right length of clothing can be the difference between looking your best and looking a mess. If you've got long arms, 3/4-sleeve jackets will always look off. Two options: Shorten the sleeve to the elbow so there can be no mistake it is meant to be worn as a short-sleeve jacket, or take the hem of a jacket sleeve down to cover the length of your arm. Pants and jeans are coming in longer lengths now. Ask when you enter a store if they are available. Always fit the rise first, then the leg length. Same with narrow feet! The best place to find a large number of shoes for hard-to-fit feet is the Internet. On many sites you can search for shoes by type, color, shape, and fit. Jacket: Zara, $129; T-shirt: Diane von Furstenberg at Loehmans, $39.99; jeans: Habitual, $189

Bust and short legs
Conversely, when you have short legs and a longer torso, try petite sizes to find a rise that fits correctly. You don't have to be under 5'4" (technically a petite) for this to work. Many women with longer torsos and shorter legs fit better in petites. You can always have the hem taken down to get the proper length in the leg. When you have a larger chest, always wear a supportive bra and make sure button-front shirts and jackets fit across the chest. They can be altered to fit the shoulder and the arm. The common misconception is that jackets and shirts that fit the shoulder will always fit the chest. Not so! Fit the largest part of you first, then everything else can be altered. For extra security, have small snaps put in between the buttons so they don't pull. Jacket: Style & Co, $75; shirt: I.N.C., $29; pants: Ann Taylor Loft petite, $128

Colors and skin tone
The simplest rule of thumb is to choose colors that 1) de-emphasize the undertone in your skin, 2) contrast your hair color or 3) compliment your eyes. The two most common undertones of skin are pink and yellow. Colors with blue undertones are generally the most flattering because they can equally neutralize pink or yellow in the skin. If you have lots of pink undertone in your skin, stay away from pale or mid-tone pinks and tomato reds. They only increase the appearance of pink in your skin. If you have lots of yellow undertone in your skin, stay away from taupes, beiges or browns that match your skin color too closely. Don't be afraid to experiment with color. And don't buy into that '80s notion that you are a “winter” or a “summer.” You could be a fruit cocktail — you still have to try things on. Jacket: Zara, $89; skirt: Jones New York, $89

Plus size
Trying to dress plus-size women is no different from dressing mainstream-size women. Look for designs that will give the most flattering (hourglass) shape. Good convertible strap bras are available on the market these days and, believe it or not, many halter dresses are flattering for those with a larger cup size. Look for ruching at the waistline to minimize a tummy (add a slimmer underneath, if you want extra smoothing) and an A-line skirt to the knee for the most flattering fit and shape. Remember to always match the size of the print to the size of the woman. Larger women can handle larger all-over prints and wear them with style! A large selection of larger size shoes can also be found online. Dress: Jones New York, $130

Tush
Just like trainers who say you can't “spot” train, you can't “spot” style either. If you've got a larger derriere, you still need to consider the way you dress your whole frame in order to make your “assets” look their best. Start with a great trouser that fits the largest part of you first. Make sure to find a leg that falls straight down from that widest part. But consider your top half in this equation. Look for a top that highlights a small waistline. Look for a blouse that sits at the top of the hip. Look for a top with a seam or sash that sits higher than your natural waistline, toward the top of the ribcage. A V-neck will also draw the eye upward. Finally, look for a flutter sleeve to emphasize the shoulder, which will help to balance the body proportion between your top and your hip, bottom and thigh. A broader shoulder also makes a waist look even smaller! If pockets emphasize your behind more than you would like, have them cut out and sewn down to create a smoother, sleeker silhouette. Shirt: Searle, $198; pants: Club Monaco, $119