Today’s culture encourages women to lose weight or look thinner, but you don’t have to go on a diet just to improve your silhouette. A few simple changes in the way you dress can help you look 10 pounds thinner – or more – with relatively little effort. Start by getting to know your body shape and color. Once you know which points you really want to encourage and which you’d rather downplay, you’re ready to start dressing for the thin, sleek silhouette of your dreams.
Wear appropriately-sized clothes
Somewhere along the line, many women fell into the trap of rating their appearance by their clothing size, or believing they’d look better in something smaller. While it may be tempting to your ego to grab the next size down just because you can squeeze into it, don’t do it. This is the worst thing you can do for the slim look you want. Take a moment to ponder just how much muffin top you want to show off. Clothes that are too small will always make their wearer look big, no matter how tiny you might actually be.
Wearing the wrong size in either direction will look bad. Clothes that are too small make you bulge out. Clothes that are too big will obscure the actual lines of your body, giving the impression that you are the size and shape of that oversized T-shirt or pullover.
In general, clothes should fit comfortably close, but not tight. Some cuts are meant to be a little looser, but experiment in front of a mirror to see what actually looks right on your unique body. Forget about what the tag says; focus on where it draws the eye and the overall effect for your appearance.
Use shapewear wisely
Shaping underclothes are potentially your greatest ally in dressing to look ten pounds thinner, but only when used properly. With few exceptions, shapewear should hug your body, firming it and smoothing unsightly bulges. It should not cinch down to try to squeeze your body into a smaller space than intended. This will just make you uncomfortable and move the unsightly bulges to the edges of your shaping garments.
Evaluate the bulges you’d like to smooth, and choose your shapewear accordingly. If you have a bulge that reaches halfway down the inside of your thigh, make sure your shapewear reaches at least to the knee. Select garments that fit snug, but do not squeeze. The obvious exception to this is a corset, but it’s still important to have smooth edges once it’s cinched to the size you want.
Create stunning silhouette illusions
Whether it’s from unwanted weight or your bone structure, not everyone can get the shape to suit a particular fashion. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be fashionable. Dress to look thinner by varying the way each article of clothing in an outfit fits. For instance, pair a loose or flowing shirt with tight jeans. Try boot-cut pants with form-fitting shirts and blouses. Cinch in the waist and wear the rest just a little looser for a more pronounced classic hourglass shape.
Play with color
Color can be a powerful ally in looking 10 pounds thinner. Bear in mind that dark colors tend to retreat into the background, while light colors pop. You have probably heard that “black is slimming,” and this is why. Choose your colors wisely, and consider the effect that they create together. Consider a dark top that comes to the top of your hips with lighter-colored pants to slim your waistline and round your hips. A single solid color for the entire outfit can help streamline your silhouette for a sleek head-to-toe look.
Be careful with prints. In many cases, prints – especially on garments that are too big for you – will cause all of your curves to blend and give the impression of a single rounded shape. However, they can be used to your advantage. Consider a print that’s small over the waistline and back, but larger over your breasts, hips, or anywhere you may want to accentuate.
Exercise strategic accessorizing
Accessories such as belts, handbags and necklaces can contribute to dressing thinner. How? By drawing the eye to areas you want to accentuate, and/or away from those you wish were more understated. For instance, a wide light-colored belt that rides above the hips can make your waistline look larger. On the other hand, a thin and loose belt riding on or just below the hip bones gives the impression of a smaller waist. Beaded belts or braided rope belts are popular solutions here.
Pick the right length, shape and size of necklace for your shape. Much like an incorrectly-used turtleneck, a choker or short necklace used with too wide of a neckline makes your face and shoulders look rounder and larger. Aim for something that rides about halfway between where your neck meets your collarbone and your neckline, or explore the joys of sweater-length necklaces that plunge down to accentuate your bust. Similarly, handbags must fit the style you choose, and don’t be afraid to look for oversized bags that understate your own proportions.
Learning how to dress thinner just takes a little experimentation, and may greatly increase your confidence at your current weight. Unhealthy forms of dieting and excessive exercise will only make you feel terrible and you may still not like how you look. Changing your style is a simple option, and you may realize that you’re already the size you’d love to stay.