Smoke & Mirrors

We all know that a healthy diet and a consistent fitness routine are the keys to weight-loss, HOWEVER there are times when we’re all a little less diligent than we should be. Times like the holidays. That said, I’m here to tell you there are a few clever ways to look as if we’ve been eating clean and visiting the gym regularly— simply by choosing what we wear wisely. Think of it as smoke and mirrors. Fashion can give you the illusion of a slimmer physique.

Shapewear

Shapewear is the real MVP of any outfit. It really works and I almost always wear it. The right piece of shapewear works as a means to help distribute bulges while smoothing you out and holding you in.

I like seamless slenderizing boy shorts or full-body pieces that have reinforced panels to suck in your stomach, slim your thighs, lift your derriere, and define your waist when wearing dresses or evening gowns.

Lengthen Yourself

If you’re trying to give off a thinner appearance, it’s key to keep hemlines in mind. This means staying far away from capri pants, pleated pants. You want to lengthen your look. 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 or flats.

Same goes for trousers: Choose dark colors (black and navy are your best bet) without any pleats.

A knee-length pencil skirt is the most universally flattering silhouette, fitted that hits 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.

Invest in Heels With a Low-Cut Vamp

Here’s small trick that can change the way you shoe shop: Shoes that have a low-cut vamp instantly elongate and slenderize your leg.

What’s a vamp you ask? It’s 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 a high vamp can come up the foot. If you’re able to find a nude pair, all the better to give the illusion of slim legs.

Speaking of shoes, I’m talking heels, lift the body and make 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 heels or thick ankle straps, all of which can give the appearance of a shorter, stockier leg.

Fit is Everything

I’ve said it before!

To look leaner, it’s crucial that every item you put on your body fits you properly. Find a tailor. Make sure your jeans and trousers are hitting the right hem lines, the right part of your ankle area. With blazers and jackets, always make sure the seams sit nicely at the bony tops of your shoulders, and that the sleeves hit precisely at your wrist.

All Black

Using one color to enhance a slender illusion is the oldest trick in the book. It helps create a long vertical line. While wearing head-to-toe black is the most effective — and eternally chicest — option, other darker hues work well, too. Think navy. The trick to monochrome dressing: Keep each silhouette crisp and tailored, and stay away from pale shades like white.

Wear pants with a higher rise

High-waist bottoms, when worn correctly, can trick the eye into thinking you’re leaner by elongating your lower body.

The most slenderizing item to choose are high-waist/slim-fitted jeans in dark denim or black with a bit of stretch to the fabric and movement. Be sure to make the elevated waist visible by tucking in a blouse. Buy a rise that hits directly above your belly button.

Invest in Skinny Belts

To look slimmer, cinch dresses and tunics with skinny belts — they help define your natural waist in the most flattering way possible. I love the look of a skinny belt to cinch a coat. Try a skinny belt in a fun print, like leopard.
If you don’t want to OR don’t like to wear all black, just try masking your problem areas with black. Not happy with your legs but love your upper body? Mask them with a flattering pair of black pants or a black pencil skirt, and add a pop of color on top. To hide larger arms or hips, choose a tailored black blazer and show off your bottom half with colors.

New Bra

Did you know that most women wear bras in the wrong size? It’s true, and it can make you look larger than you really are. When there’s proper space between your waist and chest, you appear leaner. The solution? Head to your nearest lingerie store to get measured by a pro.

Tan

A subtle glow makes a world of difference when it comes to looking slimmer. A light spray tan can make your legs, arms, shoulders and neck look pounds thinner, as can a light dusting of bronzer on your cheeks, forehead, and sides of your nose.

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