Hello! Welcome to today’s blog post. Can you believe we are already half way through January? If you are like me, I always feel a little chunky after the holidays. I think it’s safe to say that most of us are trying to lose a few extra pounds, or at least trying to detox from all the holiday eating. Whether you have resolved to lose lots of weight, or you are just trying to reel it in and get back to your better eating habits, there is something you can do in the meantime to look thinner.
The way that we dress our body can make a significant difference in how we appear. Certain clothing styles can be slimming, while others can add visual weight depending on your body type. Today I would like to share some tips on how to appear thinner without losing a pound!
Know Your Body Type
One of the most important things about dressing to look your best is to know your body type and then cater everything you wear to your body type, not someone else’s. Choose clothing that accentuates the part of your body that you like, and minimizes the parts that you don’t. Yes, even if you are trying to get in better shape, everyone can find something they like about their body. Maybe you have beautiful, bright eyes. Wear something that compliments your eye color and draws attention to them.
Know your overall shape. Are you long or short waisted? Is there a particular part of your body that is smaller or larger in proportion to the rest of your body? Are you tall or short? All these things play a role in choosing clothes that fit and flatter you. That is why we can’t all put on the same outfit and look great in it. Now, with that in mind here are the other tips.
Wear Boot Cut Jeans
I wear jeans almost every day, and many of you probably do too. Finding the right jeans that fit you properly can be a daunting task. Skinny jeans are having quite a moment, and are clearly more popular, but if you want to look longer and leaner, boot cut jeans are the way to go. The darker the wash, the better.
Here is a good example of the difference. I have broad shoulders and a large bust. Boot cut jeans create more of a balance between my top half and bottom half because of the extra width at the bottom of the jeans.
As I mentioned earlier, a dark wash is generally more slimming. Ideally, boot cut jeans should be worn with heels and skim about 1/2″ above the floor.
Accentuate Your Waist
Ladies, this one is so important! If you have read any of my other blog posts, you know that I mention this one a lot. When we are carrying a little extra weight, the tendency is to want to wear baggy clothes that cover it up. This will actually make you look bigger than you are. No matter what size waist you have, define it. This could not be more important to those of us with a large bust. Let me show you.
I featured this dress in a blog post a few months ago. I really love this dress, but a swing dress without a defined waist is not the best choice for my shape. By adding a belt and a cardigan, I look much thinner.
Here is another example with an all black dress. The dress on the left does not have a defined waist. The wrap dress on the right is more flattering.
Monochromatic does not mean you have to wear all black. Any color from head to toe will be more slimming than wearing two colors that break up the body. For example, black pants and a white shirt will cut the body in half visually. What we want is a long continuous silhouette.
Here is an example with a burgundy wine color. A good way to break up the color is with shoes. Here I added a blush colored heel for a pop of color.
Here is a picture from a blog post I did earlier about wearing all white.
Wear Small Scale Prints
Florals are very popular right now. I am always drawn to them for their feminine and happy look. If you are trying to dress thinner, try going for a smaller scale print.
The difference here is more subtle. The top on the left is not bad. It does have a nice tie at the waist, but the smaller print on the right deemphasizes my top half. I am wearing straight leg jeans in this picture. This is a good alternative to skinny jeans if you are not a boot cut jeans gal. The straight leg still helps balance out my proportions better than skinny jeans.
Wear V-Neck Tops
This is another big one, especially for my body type. If you are a busty girl, avoid high neck tops! Turtle necks are the worst! Sometimes I break this rule, but I am trying really hard to look for v-neck tops and sweaters these days. Having an open space creates separation and elongates the neck. An off the shoulder top achieves this as well, but they are not always practical.
These two sweaters are very similar, but the one on the right is more flattering because of the neckline and also because I am long waisted and I look better in longer tops.
The same rule applies to t-shirts.
Wear a Structured Jacket
A good jacket that nips in your waist can be a girls best friend. Pair a blazer with dark wash jeans to look more casual and avoid the corporate office look. For a more edgy date-night look, try a pretty cami and a statement necklace with a jacket over it. You could even wear a blazer over a simple t-shirt with distressed jeans. If you don’t have a good blazer, start with a basic black one. You will be surprised how much you will wear it and how flattering it will be!
Wear A Long Cardigan
Wearing a long cardigan helps to lengthen the body visually. This in turn will make you appear thinner. Obviously your height will determine how long your cardigan needs to be to achieve the right proportions. You want the clothing to skim the body.
Wear The Right Undergarments
The last tip I have for you is to think about what you are wearing underneath. This is just as important, if not more so, than what is on the outside. When is the last time you were fitted for a bra? If it was five or ten years ago, then you probably need to do it again. Having a bra that fits properly and does what it is supposed to do can make a huge difference in how your clothes fit and how you look. Victoria’s Secret will measure you in the fitting room and bring you the size that you need. Another retailer that I have been loving lately is Soma. The sales associates are very helpful and knowledgeable and will assist you in finding the right size.
Shapewear has come a long way since the days of girdles and corsets. There is a solution for every area so check out the different styles based on your need. Celebrities and models take advantage of these invisible helpers and you should too!
Well, that about covers it. I hope I have touched on the most important and easiest ways to dress your body in a way that has you looking your best…and thinnest! I’m sure there are other tips, but these are some things that have worked for me. I enjoyed putting this post together. It reminded me to be more selective when I am purchasing clothing, and to think about what flatters my body type.
Ladies, remember that you are unique and we should never try to look like someone else. I wish I would have learned that earlier in my life. There is such freedom when we finally understand that all we need to do is be the best version of ourselves. I will be celebrating my 48th birthday later this week. It can be a little disheartening to see the fine lines that keep showing up. I keep reading glasses in every room of my house because I can’t see a thing without them! I’m going to do everything I can to look as youthful as I can, but let’s face it…we are all going to age. I want my daughter to see a confident, healthy, and happy 48 year old woman, not a miserable 48 year old trying to look like a 28 year old. If I can do that, then I have succeeded!