Outfits that will make you look 10 pounds thinner
Rachel's slimming tips
The number-one rule when it comes to looking slimmer is to ignore the number on the label. Squeezing into a smaller size is the main thing that makes women appear heavier. Once you have pieces that truly fit, you can use them strategically to accentuate your waist—usually the smallest part of your body—while hiding the bigger parts. These outfits do just that.
1. You appear smallest in blazers that fall below your hips, the widest part of most women's bodies.
2. I design trench dresses every season as an ode to my mom, who used to wear an actual trench coat as a dress! A strong shoulder makes your waist seem smaller in comparison.
3. Pointy-toed heels add to the lengthening effect of narrow pants.
4. Pick slim pants with a higher waist and an ankle-length hem. This sleek frame will elongate your legs.
"I always thought white made me look bigger, but now I know fit matters more than color." —NADIA ABOULHOSN, 24, our gorgeous reader and model-for-a-day
On Nadia: Top, $88; anntaylor.com. Blazer, Calvin Klein, $129; Macy's. Pants, $69; jessicasimpson.com. Sizes 2 to 22. Clutch, $38; lulus.com (20% off with code REDBOOK20). Heels, Chinese Laundry by Kristin Cavallari, $130; chineselaundry.com.
Belt a cardigan
A long cardigan shows off your body while still covering you where needed. Belting it creates what I like to call a guitar shape—sleek but curvy. "Show off your legs and your neckline. It will draw eyes away from what you're trying to cover—and give you a little sex appeal. "
Tank, $11.99; onestopplus.com. Sizes M to 4X. Cardigan, Forever 21+; $19.80; forever21.com. Sizes XL to 3X. Belt, $12.99; burlingtoncoatfactory.com for stores. Necklace, BCBGMaxAzria, $68; bcbg.com. Clutch, Street Level, $38; francescas.com. Skirt, $60; thelimited.com. Heels, Jessica Simpson Collection, $79; Dillard's.
Customize a shirtdress
Whittle your middle by snipping off the belt loops and tying the sash at your natural waist, which is usually higher.
Dress, Calvin Klein, $130 (sizes XS to XL), $140 (sizes 0X to 3X); Macy's. Necklace, $88; arthurandlivingston.com. Bag, $37.95; handbagheaven.com. Shoes, $125; rowenfootwear.com.
Wear an A-line skirt
A high-waisted, full skirt nips you in at the waist while perfectly camouflaging your bottom half. If you tie your shirt, it hides your tummy even more.
Shirt, $24.50; oldnavy.com. Sizes XS to XXL. Skirt, $70; eshakti.com. Sizes 0 to 36. Watch, $25.99; amiclubwear.com (30% off with code REDBOOK30). Wedges, NVY, $75; theshoeheaven.com.