Who doesn’t want to look slim and toned?? No! No lady has ever raised her hand to this question! Nope, I am not going to tell you about some weight loss tips, some exercising or juice-cleansing or grueling fad diet or anything similar. Often the problem is not our body it’s often how we carry it! There are simple style solutions that can help you look instantly slimmer. Often, it is just as simple as picking the right pattern, cut and fit for your unique body type—and then, of course, injecting a proper dose of self-confidence into it all.
Want to look pounds thinner in minutes? Go through the 15 simple and slimming style tricks every girl should know.
Adjusting Your Body
The first and foremost step to look lean. Obvious but mostly forgotten.
- Standing with proper posture will pull in your tummy and make you look easily 10 pounds lighter or more. Keep your back straight and your shoulders back.
- Hold your chin up.Hold your head high, in addition to standing straight. This will keep fat from pooling around your chin, instead stretching it out across your face, making you look thinner overall. Chin rolls can make a person look like they’re carrying more pounds than they actually are.
- Position your limbs. Carefully angle your arms and legs to create a slimmer look. Crossing your legs when you’re sitting down will taper the visual lines you create, making you look slimmer. Holding your arms out from your body, like with your hands on your hips, will also draw the eye to your thinner waist and break up a boxy shape that can add visual pounds to your structure.
The Slimming Power of Stripes
Horizontal stripes might be the fashion girl’s favorite but if you’re looking to slim yourself, they’re not your best friend. Instead, go for vertical stripes or even pinstripes, which create an instantly slenderizing optical illusion. Try another smart pick, diagonal chevron stripes.
Use colors and patterns to create the illusion of a thinner form
You can use colors and patterns to create a slimmer look. The standard advice seems to be the truest, wear black. But no, not black only! Other dark colors like navy, oxblood reduce the amount of shadows that can be seen on your body. This creates an optical illusion that makes you look thinner. Pair with bright accents and accessories at your waist, wrists, neck, and feet. This will make you look thinner.
Try masking your problem areas with the shade. Not thrilled with your legs but love your upper body? Hide them with a well-fitting pair of black pants or a skirt, and add a bright pop of color on top. To hide larger arms or hips, choose a tailored black blazer and show off your bottom half with some brightly colored shorts or a skirt.
- Avoid big patterns like florals (and most other bold patterns really), as these can easily make you look bigger instead of smaller.
- Stick with one hue – Tops and bottoms of the same color create an uninterrupted vertical line, making you look thinner and taller. Stark contrasts between your upper and lower body draw eyes to your middle.
Belt It Out
Most clothing items look suddenly more slimming when belted at the waist that is a woman’s naturally thinnest point. You can try that with cardigans, blazers, coats and dresses. Try to bring variety in the style by experimenting from wide versions with bold buckles (suits great for maxi dresses) to skinnier numbers in bold or neon shades (around your cardigan or minidress).
Ever wonder why celebrities who already have great bods wear shapewear?! Because they are supportive, smoothen problem areas and banish muffin tops and love handles and can even erase visible panty lines — the benefits every woman needs.
But don’t forget:
- Buy the correct size. To be sure try it on before you purchase. A bigger-than-your-size one is of no benefit and the otherwise will be more problematic by pinching, binding, cutting off circulation, and creating unsightly rolls and bulges where the shapewear ends.
- If you’re shopping for a dress you plan to wear with shapewear, bring said undergarments with you to make sure they’re invisible underneath the look you choose.
- Buy your shapewear in either nude or black.
Accentuate Your Assets
Yes! The much repeated point! A large part of looking great involves playing up your positives. Nice shoulders? Racerback-cut tops and dresses will look amazing on you. Leggy beauty? Try a slit-front pencil skirt or short suit. Curvy diva? Flaunt them in a wrap-front dress or fitted pencil skirt.
Show Some Skin Up Top
Expose a bit with a V-neckline. The open, upside-down triangle creates a high focal point up and away from your midsection and gives the illusion of a longer, slimmer upper body. Wider V-necklines visually balance broad hips and thighs. So collect Vs in everything-camis, tanks, Ts, sweaters, cardigans, dresses and jackets.
Wear Hair Up and off your Face
Pull your tresses into a ponytail high on the back of your head and then lightly tease at the crown to bring out your bone structure and make your face look thinner. A high bun too has a slimming effect on your facial features.
Heels at Help — Pick the Right Pair
High heels are incredible for the purpose of looking thinner. They essentially improve your posture which makes anyone look instantly 10 pounds thinner. Additionally, there’s no better way to flatter and lengthen your legs. A classic pump is the safest bait. If you are blessed with athletic calves and muscular thighs, avoid needle-thin stilettos; sturdy heels and wedges look more in proportion with your lean legs and thus be far more flattering.
- Square-toe styles with a thick, chunky heel give the appearance of a shorter, bulky leg.
- Try to avoid an ankle strap; they can widen ankles and make your legs appear shorter and thicker.
- Be sure to keep a good pair of nude heels in your closet—shoes that match your skin tone add some awesome length to your legs.
Get the size that fits
No matter how counterintuitive it sounds, but wearing baggy, oversized clothes doesn’t make you look any smaller. And might make you look shapeless. Slim-fitting, solid-colored garments that skim your body are loads more flattering. For instance, if your arms are trim and toned, don’t cover them in loose sleeves, long but fitted sleeves will work way better. A well-cut shift dress will do far more to minimize your waist than will shrouding it entirely in a shapeless tent dress.
- This goes for underclothes too. A mistake more common than you think. Underwear should not bite into your hips and bras should keep your chest supported and firmly in place without creating rolls at your sides or causing your breasts to spill out over the edge of your bra.
Choose the right fabrics
Pick cotton, denim, silk, or wool gabardine. Some fabrics actually help slim and shape. Try jersey, cashmere, fine cotton, and anything with a touch of spandex. Wear bulky materials sparingly, such as wide-wale corduroy, crushed velvet, suede, angora, brocade, satin, fringe and flannel.
Take a Length Lesson
If you’re trying to give off a thinner appearance, it’s key to be mindful of hemlines. This means staying far away from things like capris, long baggy shorts or calf-length skirts.
Instead, opt for straight jeans in a dark wash that hit exactly at your ankle or an inch or two below. This will elongate your body, especially when paired with dark heels, ankle boots or flats.
Same principle goes for trousers: Choose dark colors (black and navy are your best bet) without any pleating and have a slightly tapered leg.
In terms of skirts: A knee-length pencil skirt is the most universally flattering silhouette, as are fitted A-line skirts that hit right above the knee. For an extra slimming boost, pair skirts with opaque black tights in the winter, which automatically make legs of all shapes and sizes, appear longer and thinner.
Muffin top is perhaps the deadly evil when it comes to look slim. When you pick a pair of low-rise bottoms you are inviting it. The benefits of a high-waist skirt or pants are twofold
- It lends the illusion of longer legs.
- It cinches you in where you’re naturally the smallest.
Best friend, a Blazer
There are a select few wardrobe items a woman can count on regardless of the season or trend. A perfectly fitting blazer is at the tip-top of that very short list. Those are guaranteed to flatter and work for a wide variety of looks and occasions. Invest in a black, charcoal or navy that hits right at the hip. For bonus slimming points, opt for a jacket that nips in at the waist.
- Cropped versions can come off as a bit box
- Single-breasted always makes you look thinner than double-breasted variety.
Find flattering accessories
You can also carefully choose accessories that get the look you want. Certain accessories will change how a person’s eye moves around your body, creating the illusion that you are taller and thinner than you really are. Long necklaces will easily create a long, slim look, for example. Bold accessories, like large, brightly colored bracelets will draw attention to your slim wrists, making your whole body smaller by comparison.
- Earrings and headbands also make great distractions, drawing attention away from parts of your figure that you don’t prefer to flaunt.
- Mid-chest bibs or big chandeliers say look at the face and not the middle.
- Sparkly cuffs, stacks of bangles, and cocktail rings draw the eye to wrists instead of upper arms.
Does it look like an exhaustive list?! Well, really not if you put them in practice. Once a habit is formed, see the high level of body confidence you get naturally!
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