How to Look Thinner ~ Using Your Clothes

We all know a healthy diet and a dedicated fitness routine are the keys to the weight loss, however there are times when we are all a little less diligent than we should be. Which is why it is good to know how to look thinner using nothing but your clothes. Here are a few clever tricks that can have an enormous effect on the way we look.

Invest in Shapewear ~ By now you are probably tired of hearing about Spanx and the other gazillion types of stretchy devices that promise to shave off of pounds, but here is the thing: They really work. At its core, the right piece of shapewear works as a means to help distribute bulges while smoothing you out and holding you in.  To look thinner, it pays to choose a seamless pair of slenderizing briefs, boy shorts, camis or full-body pieces that have reinforced panels to suck in your stomach, slim your thighs, boost your derriere, and define your waist when wearing bodycon dresses, clingy skirts, or tight pants.

Take a Length and Fit Lesson ~ If you are trying to give off a thinner appearance, it is key to be mindful of hemlines and unwanted volume. This means staying far away from things humorously associated with tourists…capri pants, pleated khakis, long baggy shorts or shapeless calf length skirts.  Instead, opt for straight dark jeans that have a bit of stretch and hit exactly at your ankle or an inch or two below. This will elongate your body, especially when paired with heels, ankle boots or pointy flats. On top, try longer shirts, blazers, or sweaters that are not too oversized.  Same goes for trousers…Choose dark colors without any upper pleating and have a slightly tapered leg.

Choose Heels With a Low-Cut Vamp ~ Here is small trick that can change the way you shoe shop..Footwear that features a low-cut vamp instantly elongates and slenderizes your leg when you’re wearing skirts, shorts, dresses, and even cropped pants.  What is a vamp? It is the portion of a shoe that cuts across your foot at the front. So, a low vamp cuts across the base of the toes, while high vamp can come up the foot and possibly up to the ankle. If you are able to find a pair that matches your skin tone, all the better to give the illusion of slim legs.  Speaking of shoes, a heel lifts the body and makes clothes fall better, which gives a slimmer appearance.Look for pumps with slightly pointed toes and thin heels, as opposed to square-toes, super-chunky styles or thick ankle straps, all of which can give the appearance of a shorter, stockier leg.

Say Yes to Jeans with a Higher Rise ~ High-waist bottoms get a bad rap, probably thanks to the unfortunate Jessica Simpson mishap, but when worn correctly, they can trick the eye into thinking you are leaner by elongating your lower body.The most slenderizing item to choose are slightly high-rise slim-fitting jeans that hit your ankle with a bit of added spandex for stretch and movement.

Rock Out With Vertical Stripes ~ The second oldest trick in the book..Vertical stripes create long lines, thus making you look longer. And while we are on the subject of stripes, it is a common fashion folklore that horizontal lines can make you look wider. Yes, a skin-tight dress featuring horizontal lines might only look good on super skinny gals, but things like a well-fitting classic striped shirt tucked into dark jeans or a tailored skirt flatters every woman.

Cinch with Skinny Belts ~ To look slimmer, cinch dresses and tunics with skinny belts. They help define your natural waist in the most flattering way possible. A thick belt, however, can cut you in half, which can cause you to look stumpy. A common trick curvy girls use in the winter that we love is to cinch a boxy coat with a skinny belt in a fun print, like leopard.

Mask Problem Areas with Dark Colors, and Highlight Assets With Bright Colors ~ If you do not want to wear all black, just try masking your problem areas with the shade. Not thrilled with your legs but love your upper body? Mask them with a well-fitting pair of black pants or a skirt, and add a bright-colored blouse.  To hide larger arms, midsections, or hips, choose a tailored black blazer, a black silky button down, or a well fitting black flat-sweater and show off your great legs with a pair of printed pants, colored jeans, or a bold skirt.
Buy a New Bra ~ Did you know that over 80% of women wear bras that are the wrong size? It is true, and it can make your look larger due to the appearance of sagging breasts. When there is proper space between your waist and chest, you appear leaner.

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