8 Ways to Look Thinner -- Right Now!
Can't wait to lose weight? Here's some slimming advice from fashion experts
8 Simple Rules for Looking Slimmer
To help set you on the path toward looking your personal best, our experts
give these eight fashion rules for dressing thinner and more chic:
- Use single-color schemes. This could mean wearing one solid, dark color --
like brown, navy or black -- or different tones of the same color. It could be
shades of beige, aqua, or coral, or any color that brings out the best in your
complexion. If you think color makes you look larger, try wearing the same
color on your entire body and see what a difference it can make.
- Choose fabrics wisely. Avoid stiff, hard, and heavy fabrics, as well as
clingy, over-Spandexed fabrics that magnify every bulge and ripple. The best
choice: Fluid fabrics that drape the body and softly follow your curves. Your
goal is to see your overall shape, not the shape of every body part.
- Do a balancing act. If you have broad shoulders and/or a large chest, avoid
shoulder pads and any shoulder detail like ruffles, puffs, or trims. Also, skip
boat necks and wide scoop necks. To balance a large top with a smaller bottom,
go for a sleek V-neck complemented by a full skirt or wide-leg pants. If you
have a small top and large bottom, seek out shoulder and neckline attention.
Choose a C-scoop neck or V-neck top and a narrow silhouette on the bottom, such
as a straight skirt or slim-cut pants.
- To camouflage large hips or a tummy, toss the pleated pants and
elastic-waist slacks with lots of shirring. Choose a sleek, straight line with
front slit pockets or no pockets, and elastic in the back. To minimize your
buttocks and tummy, look for pants cut at, or slightly below, your natural
waist. The general rule here: The higher the waist, the larger your butt will
- For a taller, slimmer look, the hem of your pants should almost touch the
floor, with a slight break in front at the top of the shoe. Pants that end just
below the ankle can add 10 pounds to your appearance.
- To further camouflage a large tummy, whether you're wearing skirts or
pants, go for an overblouse in a slim-fitting knit or well-tailored woven
fabric. Make sure it's no longer than hip length. The only exception is with
tunics, which should be tapered to gently outline the body and worn over
- Avoid anything boxy, particularly jackets. Instead, look for semi-fitted
styles, particularly those with princess seaming. These are the curved seams
that run down the front of the garment from shoulder to waist, or sometimes the
entire length of a dress.
- Don't overlook the power of shoes to balance your body and make you look
slimmer! Looks to avoid include thin, strappy sandals (particularly if your
foot is chubby or wide), and tiny or thin kitten heels. Instead, look for a
chunky heel -- and, if you can stand it, a high heel, which can make you look 5
pounds thinner no matter what else you're wearing. Styles to avoid include
ankle straps, Mary Jane straps, and square-toe shoes, all of which can make
your feet look squatty and your legs shorter.