We all know that a healthy diet and a dedicated fitness routine are the keys to the weight-loss kingdom, but there are times when we’re all a little less diligent than we should be.
That said, it’s a relief to know that there a few clever ways to look as if we’ve been eating clean and working out daily — simply by choosing our clothing wisely.
How can fashion give us the illusion of a slimmer physique?
By now you're probably tired of hearing about Spanx and the other gazillion types of stretchy devices that promise to shave off of pounds, but here's 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.
Shapewear also makes you more conscious of your posture.
To look leaner, 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, tight pants or evening gowns. It’s also important also, to not buy clothes that are too fitted in that area: Go up a size, then have them tailored to your dimensions so they fit you perfectly.
An empire-waist dress is flattering, as are A-line dresses because they graze the stomach. You can also put a wider belt—3 to 4 inches—over the tummy, especially in a darker color. No skinny belts. You’re looking for a corset-like belt.
Every woman complains about the skin under her arms. No matter how thin they are, the triceps area bothers them. To cover it, we suggest illusion T-shirts—a sheer top over a tank top, sort of like what Helen Mirren wore at the Oscars. Also, a little shrug or cardigan will cover that area. For fuller arms, go for a full cap sleeve.
A great-fitting black dress is a great go-to. The classic is short-sleeve or 3⁄4-length sleeve, fitted at the waist, slightly above the knees. Above all, when you feel you’ve added extra pounds, don’t go baggy. That’s what we all feel like doing, and it’s the worst thing you can do. It will just make you look heavier. Instead, wear something tailored.
A larger necklace can make you appear taller and leaner because it directs attention up and away from your figure flaws. Depending on your body, a choker can be good, drawing attention to the neck. But if you have a big bust, choose a necklace on a short chain instead.
Accessories like earrings or sparkly headbands are great distractions, he adds, drawing attention “to where you want people to look. Remember Fran Drescher’s great quote: ‘The bigger the hair, the smaller the hips will look.'
Bra-fitting is crucial, and it’s available for free at most department stores. If you’re chesty, look for a bra that both supports and sleeks you. When it comes to the clothes you put over that bra, you need to leave the neckline open—create a V, an upside-down triangle, so you pull the eye down toward a narrower place. A vest over a shirt is nice. If you wear just a shirt or blouse, open the buttons and wear a tank top underneath. Overall, it helps to create a sleek, column-like effect.
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 humorously associated with tourists: capri pants, pleated khakis, long baggy shorts or calf-length skirts.
Head-to-toe in one color creates a long, thin line. You can even wear all white or all tan. And you’ll always look taller wearing a heel or a wedge rather than flats. Even a kitten heel will make you look taller. We suggest choosing shoes in a color close to your skin tone, to lengthen the legs: No ankle straps, which will cut you off. And those shoe boots are terrible—not with skirts, please. They cut off the leg.
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.
Look for a slim fit or flat front. Our advice? Avoid both very high- and low-waisted styles and go for a more flattering mid-rise jean. Finally, when hunting for the ultimate skinny jeans, keep in mind the golden rule: “the darker the better.”