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8 Ways to Look Thinner -- Right Now!

Can't wait to lose weight? Here's some slimming advice from fashion experts

Size Matters -- Size Tags Don't

While visual balance is important, so is wearing the right size. That sounds simple enough, but Siebold says it's an area where we often make major fashion faux pas.

"We often think that if an article of clothing fits around our body that it fits our body, but this is not the same thing," says Siebold. Clothes should gently curve around your body, without clinging but without hiding your shape, she says.

"A plus-size girl's best friend is definitely her tailor, because oftentimes just a dart here or a seam there can give even the most inexpensive outfits a designer look -- and yes, that will make you look thinner," says Figueroa.

As unflattering as baggy, shapeless clothing can be, wearing outfits that are too small can be an even bigger fashion disaster.

"When you are a size 6, trying on a size 8 to get a better fit isn't a big deal; but when you're in an 18 and you need to size up to a 20, you feel like a horrible failure," Figueroa says. "Going up a size isn't just a fashion move, it's a whole psychological experience, and so we often avoid it."

To shake those feelings, she says, learn to ignore size tags and go for what looks best on your body. To make sure you have the right size, make sure there's about a finger's width of space between your skin and the garment. "More than that and your clothes are going to make you look shapeless; less than that, and you are squeezing into too small a size -- and either one is going to make your look heavier," says Figueroa.

Love the Size You Are

Nutritionist Samantha Heller, MS, RD, reminds us that sometimes, looking our best also means accepting that our bodies may never be the size we want -- and learning to live with the size we are.

"Our cosmetic weight, the one we think we look best at, is not necessarily the physiological weight at which our bodies are the happiest," says Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center.

On one hand, she says women should not be hesitant about going after their weight loss goals. But she also says it's important to be realistic about what those goals should be.

"Regardless of the pressure from the media to be rail-thin, we have to do our best with diet and exercise and learn how to not just accept ourselves, but revel in our beauty and health -- no matter our size," says Heller.

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