Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dress 10 Pounds Thinner

How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner

The next best thing to workouts and eating right? These figure-flattering style tips. Prepare for compliments!

Match your separates.

“Lose” five pounds by matching your pants or skirt, stockings and shoes. You’ll seem 10 pounds lighter if they’re all black! OR Slip on a pair of bright shoes to shake things up.

Secret of slim dressing: proportion.

Full, round shapes on top and bottom will make you look…full and round. So always accentuate your smallest part by pairing your more generously cut pieces with a snugger mate. Balance a wide leg pants with a fitted shirt, a miniskirt with a longer top, etc.

Sport the right jacket.

Jackets that are hip-length with tailored lines will look sleek; ones that are too baggy or that pull are figure-flattery disasters. Tapered jackets will always

Choose shapely skirts.

The tailored cut of a pencil skirt (we love that it’s not skintight through the hips) makes all bodies look sleek.

Slip on a long cardigan.

Waist-length cardigans tend to shorten your body while long, hip-grazing versions make torsos seem long.

Dress up jeans with heels (and tuck in your shirt).

Ever wonder why you see this look again and again on celebs, in ads, in magazines? Because, done right, it makes every woman look longer and leaner. Most flattering: straight-leg or boot-cut jeans that sit on your hips (as opposed to at your waist or below your hipbone) and cover your instep when you’re in heels.

Use the right belt.

Try one with a little nylon stretch that comfortably pulls you in. Wider belts instead of skinny ones will actually make you look smaller.

Look for these flattering pants features:

  • Flat-front styles. They’re instant minimizers if you’re curvy. Unlike pleats, a flat front creates an unbroken line across your stomach—making you look taller and slimmer.

  • A waistband between one and two inches wide. Narrower ones can divide (and draw attention to) a tummy bulge.

  • A slight flare. These have long been a top seller for a reason: They make hips look slimmer.

  • A smidge of stretch. It helps pants hold on to the clean, sharp fit you bought them for.

Get yourself a wrap dress.

It’s one dress everyone looks great in. They’re usually constructed with darts at the bust, curve-enhancing seams and cinch in at or just above the waist—all sveltering features.

Pick your prints wisely.

Prints aren’t as slimming as solid colors, but you can make them work for you by playing up their features. If you’re bigger on the bottom, try pairing a printed A-line dress with a pair of black tights. The golden rule of prints: The smaller the print, the smaller you look.

Take notice of where your top meets your pants.

Anything that cuts you off at the waist adds pounds. You’ll look slimmer if your top and bottom meet just below the waist.

Wear scoop-front heels.

Sure it sounds silly, but test out different types of shoes in front of the mirror tonight and you’ll see what we mean. Booties and ankle-strap shoes have a way of making legs look short, while scoop-front pumps and sandals lengthen.

Slip on a long, chunky necklace.

Not only are these statement necklaces totally trendy, but the elongated U shape will make your torso seem extra long and lean. Make yours stand out even more by wearing over a light-color top.


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