Great news: a bit of clever dressing can help flatter where it matters. Yes, that’s right, looking thinner could be as easy as changing your clothes — read on to find out how to dress to look slimmer.
Whether it’s because of baby weight that never left, a few too many indulgent desserts or not enough time to hit the gym, most of us would love to wake up in the morning and be a few kilos lighter. Use these tips and tricks to dress to look slimmer — after all, when you look fabulous you’ll feel fabulous!
Unflattering: If you’re not super slim, avoid styles that are loose from top to bottom. It may be counter-intuitive, but figure-hugging jeans often make you look smaller than their baggy counterparts. These boyfriend jeans are particularly unflattering because of their length, which makes legs look shorter.
Slimming: If you ‘d like to dress to look slimmer (and who wouldn’t?) bootcut jeans are a good choice. Because they’re fitted around the top, they’ll knock centimetres from your frame — and wearing them long over a glam pair of heels makes legs look longer, too. Go for dark denim, which is slimming, with a bit of a stretch to fit nicely round your bum! And the best news is, flares are in style, so you’ll be right on trend.
Unflattering: Rather say no to pleats. Even though they’re having a fashion moment, if you don’t have narrow hips they can make you look bigger than you are. The fabric bunches up over your tummy and hips, making you look wide and strangely bulgy.
Slimming: Instead, go for a pencil skirt — it’s a curve-skimming, tummy-flattening magical buy. If you can, choose one with a subtle pattern to stop it from looking too formal. Midi lengths are in style this season and the length looks great with heels. Finish off your outfit with a jacket that doesn’t have fussy details like lapels and buttons; this is sure to be really flattering around your middle.
Unflattering: Shift-style dresses may be comfy, but they tend to hang from your bust, which means shifts can make you look rectangular. If you want to make a shift more flattering, try adding a thin belt to show off your waist.
Slimming: There’s nothing better than illusion-style panels and stripes to make your waist look smaller and slim your hips, which is always a bonus and is such a confidence booster. Many of us avoid tight dresses — we say, don’t! They can be brilliantly flattering, especially if the fabric is thick enough to feel supportive. Best of all dresses like these can do double duty for work or a night out.
They might be ultra-trendy right now, but this style of pants often balloons around the crotch, hips and thighs, making you look two sizes bigger than you are! Pants that are fitted around the calf and end slightly above the ankle are a good choice, but combined with the shape, it’s difficult to make them work.
If you’re wary of printed pants, don’t be. Smaller prints can be surprisingly flattering — especially if they’re well tailored and a darker colour. A peplum top is a real wardrobe wonder, making your waist look smaller, and hiding your hips.
If you want to dress to look slimmer, put your smartphone to good use. When you’re trying on clothes at the shops, it can be difficult to tell which outfits are more flattering than others. Take photos with your phone, then compare them — you’ll instantly see which clothes take those kilos off.