25 tips to help you dress 10 pounds thinner
Katherine West Slevin is a public-health consultant and freelance writer. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and daughter.
Dressing from head-to-toe in one solid color is the simplest way to create the illusion of a more svelte physique. Go in for classic black or an alternate dark shade.
Use color blocking
Consider garments with well-placed color inserts. Dresses with blocks of dark-colored fabric on the outside contrasted with a lighter shade on the inside have a tremendous slimming effect. Think hourglass.
Hit below the knee
Leave the miniskirts in the closet. Dresses and skirts that hit just below the knee are much more flattering and will leave you looking long and lean. Intensify the effect and extend the length of those limbs even more by adding a fabulous pair of pumps.
Incorporate skin-tone pumps
What’s the best way to achieve that coveted “legs that go on for miles” look? Skin-tone pumps. These beauties work to extend your legs, creating an overall slimming effect.
Vertical details—whether a pattern floating down your torso or a classic stripe—make you appear smaller in the middle. Incorporate some vertical flair to make your midline look trim. But remember, all stripes are not created equal. Be sure to avoid horizontal stripes that can create the opposite effect, making you look wider.
Pair bright tops with dark bottoms
Dressing thin is all about creating an illusion. Pair bright tops with dark bottoms to conceal problem thighs and hips while drawing attention upward to your winning smile.
Hike it up
Pencil skirts that begin just above your natural waist can help to narrow your midsection and make you appear taller. Choose black to get the maximum effect.
Emphasize your waist
Whether paired with a flirty frock or a long sweater, a belt will help define your waist and create a slimming effect. A belt the same color as your garment can add subtle definition while a thicker belt (not too big) can make a bolder statement.
Add yin to your yang
Contrast loose styles with snugger ones to conceal problem areas while avoiding a frumpy look. If you don a wide-leg pant, pair it with a fitted top. Considering a loose tunic? Try adding a pair of leggings underneath.
Polish your look
Fitted jackets add a sleek and slender element to your style while helping to pull your entire look together. Instead of longer jackets, choose those that stop at your hip to avoid adding extra bulk to your bum.