Sexy vs. skanky: dos and don'ts of sex appeal
Issue date: 4/9/10 Section: Focus
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There is definitely a difference between dressing sexy and looking just plain skanky. Chances are if your shorts are so tiny that you can see your ass cheeks, then you are straying far from sexy and leaning toward red-light-district chic. If you have the body, then by all means work it. But that doesn't mean you should wear clothes that belong on a six-year-old. Always remember to keep it classy.
Coco Chanel once said that a woman's shoulders were her sexiest feature because you rarely gain weight there. I couldn't agree more with this fashion guru. We all know that the booty and breasts are the features most associated with sensuality, but we tend to neglect the other body parts. Baring the shoulders is a perfect way to give a sneak preview without giving away the plot ending. A blouse draped off the shoulder, grazing right below the clavicle, is romantic while being extremely sensual at the same time.
You can also go fully bare by trying a tube-style shirt or dress, but be wary if bustier. Avoid straight tube-styles because they cut in a way that doesn't flatter even the most ideal body type. Nordstrom's Trixxi Sweetheart neck dress is the perfect style for a bare-shoulder look. The heart shaped neckline gives the illusion of cleavage even for the flattest of gals, yet works for our bustier friends as well. Pair this floral ensemble with some long, delicate earrings and a messy up-do that will have the boys buying you drinks. With this little trick you'll never fail to look like a knockout, without being confused for the after-hours entertainment.