8 Ways to Look Thinner -- Right Now!
Can't wait to lose weight? Here's some slimming advice from fashion experts
You're following a healthy meal plan (at least, most of the time) and
working out. You're getting healthier, and you know that before long, you'll
look as good as you feel. But still, the weight loss seems so slow. And while
that's healthy, it can also be frustrating -- you want to be thin, and you want
The solution: Use your wardrobe as a secret weapon. No, it won't actually
help you lose weight. But the right clothes can help you look a lot thinner
while you're in the process of slimming down.
"It is totally amazing, but any woman can look 5, 10, even 15 pounds
slimmer automatically by simply using a few fashion tricks to fool the
eye," says Lourdes Figueroa, founder and chief executive officer of
UdefineU, a DVD program that teaches women how to become their own
According to Figueroa, many of those "perfect" bodies we see
parading around in movies and on TV are nothing more than the result of some
very clever shopping.
"Essentially, they use clothes to balance their bodies and put
everything in proportion, which is really what dressing slim is all about,"
says Figueroa, now a size 8, but once a size 20 herself.
Linda Arroz, former editor-in-chief of Big Beautiful Woman magazine,
heartily agrees. "The body is a sculpture, and you can shape it and
visually reshape it, depending on your objectives," says Arroz, now a
spokeswoman for the Plus Size Collection at Spiegel.
It's All About Balance
But where to start? Here's the experts' advice: Take a deep breath, then a
long, hard look in a full-length mirror -- stark naked!
"You have to look past the extra pounds and focus on your overall body
shape, the proportion between your top half and bottom half, and details of
your basic bone structure, such as the width of your shoulders, the length of
your neck, the width of your hip bones, " says celebrity stylist Laura
Siebold, director of LiveStylist.com.
These areas, Siebold tells WebMD, are keys to balancing any figure type.
"If your top is decidedly larger than your bottom, then achieving
proportion is about choosing styles that simultaneously minimize your top half
while accentuating your bottom half -- and again, a full-length mirror can be
your best friend," says Siebold.
Likewise, if you're bottom-heavy and top-light, Siebold says, look for
clothes that bring the eye upward. Think great necklines and bright colors near
the face, and dark colors on the bottom.
"Your goal should be to achieve a visually balanced, symmetrical look
between top and bottom so when you look at yourself in the mirror you see an
unbroken line, and no one area jumps out," says Siebold.
In addition, Arroz notes, you can fine-tune your balancing act by paying
attention to body details like your torso (long vs. short), bosom (high, low,
large, or small), hips (wide side-to-side or wide front-to-back), and
recognizing where you carry the most weight.
"Any one area of your body that doesn't look right in relation to the
rest of your body is the area that you need to address with corrective
clothing," says Figueroa.
Size Matters -- Size Tags Don't