You may be sabotaging your shape-up efforts by wearing clothes that visually add weight to your frame. Here, a lesson on how to use color, proportion, and a few genius styling tricks to look thinner:
Boot Cut Jeans
“Jeans should hug you in all the right places,” says Jill Martin, author of Fashion for Dummies and a Today contributor.
“Dark boot legs are the most flattering. The slight flare at the ankle will give a long, lean appearance.”
Add a longish top for coverage and a cropped, fitted jacket to nip in your waist.
“Everything should be body skimming,” says celebrity stylist Robert Verdi. “The most common misconception is that bigger clothes will make you look slimmer.” Pile on lightweight vertical pieces (think long cardigans, scarves, necklaces) to build a body-lengthening look without the bulk.
Dresses made from a structured fabric conceal imperfections, while crisscross detailing visually cinches in your middle. “The shape of the dress has to be hourglass, coming in close to the body and then gently draping out,” says The Biggest Loser stylist Liza Whitcraft. And if you’re shy about doughy arms, keep ’em under wraps with a cropped, fitted cardigan
Accentuate Your Waist
A voluminous white tunic may sound like the antithesis to dressing thinner, but it can be surprisingly flattering. “Define your waist with a skinny belt,” Verdi says. “And the farther you are from the floor, the skinnier you’ll look, so wear platform heels.” Remember to harness the power of slimming undergarments—they’re the sneakiest look-trim trick of all.
Long, Dark Pants
Shoe-skimming superdark pants create a long, lean silhouette. “If you’re bottom-heavy, wear them with a white top,” Martin says.
Culled from Womens Health Magazine
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