We all want to look our best, but if you’re feeling like you’ve hit a plateau and can’t seem to drop those last couple of pounds (or more), there are other ways to get that slim silhouette. In fact, what you wear can have just as much of an impact on how your clothes fit—and whether or not they make you look bigger—as dieting does! If your goal is simply to look thinner without changing the way you eat, these three tips will help.
- Black is slimming
It’s a no brainer: black is slimming. The color absorbs light and creates an optical illusion that makes you look thinner, so it’s a great choice for showing off your best assets (we don’t know about you, but we want our best assets on display). Plus, everyone looks good in black. Even if you aren’t the most confident person and can’t pull off wearing other colors without looking like Moss Piglet from The Muppets or Napoleon Dynamite’s Uncle Rico, wearing all black won’t make your body appear larger than it really is. In fact, it will have the opposite effect by making everything else stand out more!
- Black goes with everything
Black goes with almost anything in your closet—and this means it fits into any wardrobe! Whether it’s a long-sleeved turtleneck or sleeveless blouse underneath that jacket; a pair of dark jeans or leather leggings underneath those slacks; flats or heels under those stilettos…you get my drift? You can even wear simple accessories like necklaces and bracelets made from pearls (or bone) to add some extra flair to an otherwise simple outfit. And let me tell ya: every woman needs something sparkly!
Use vertical lines.
Vertical lines are flattering and slimming. They make you look taller and more slender, helping to accentuate your best features. Whether you’re wearing a form-fitting dress or a loose-fitting top, adding vertical lines will give you an instant boost in confidence. And because the principle of vertical line theory is universal for most body types, there’s no need to worry about whether or not it’ll work for you—it will!
There are plenty of ways to incorporate this super-simple style trick into your wardrobe:
- Add detail at the waist (a belt or necklace)
- Choose a skirt with pleats on either side of the hip area
- Wear pants that fit snugly around the thighs but flare out at the bottom
Try a monochrome outfit.
When you wear one color, the eye is drawn to your figure. It will slim you down and make you look leaner. So, if your goal is to look thinner and sleeker, a monochrome outfit can do wonders for your body image.
A monochrome outfit consists of two or more pieces in the same color family: black, grey, white or navy blue all work well together to create a slimming look!
Avoid anything clinging.
- Avoid anything clinging.
- Try not to go too tight or too loose with your clothing.
The key is finding clothes that fit well and flatter your body shape. If you’re wearing a blouse with an empire waist, make sure it’s not too tight around the stomach (which will accentuate any rolls or bulges) but also not so loose that there’s no definition between where your torso ends and where your hips begin low-rise trousers make you look less stylish. The last thing you want is to have a wardrobe that makes you appear older or heavier than your actual age and weight. Instead, go with mid-rise or high-waisted jeans that best accentuate your body type anything that clings to your body will make you look bigger. A good rule of thumb is: if it’s too tight, then don’t wear it. If your clothes are too loose on the other hand, they won’t be flattering either.
Avoid low-rise trousers.
- Low-rise trousers make you look bigger.
- Low-rise trousers make you look shorter.
- Low-rise trousers make you look heavier.
- Low-rise trousers make you look wider.
- Low-rise trousers make you look older.
Some women have a distorted image of who they are and others have unrealistic expectations about what they should look like. This can lead to unhealthy behavior like crash dieting, excessive exercise, or even eating disorders.
Wear open necklines.
In order to look slimmer, you should wear open necklines. Open necklines are more flattering because they make your face look slimmer and they make your neck look longer. Open necklines can also be very youthful looking and, if you have a large bust, they will make all of your curves seem smaller by comparison.
Open necklines are a great way of making your bust seem smaller. People who have larger breasts may feel uncomfortable with the attention they draw, but there is no need to avoid wearing a flattering outfit because of this.
Keep it fitted, but not tight.
- Fitted clothes are the key to looking slimmer, but you have to be careful with how much skin you show. For example, if your clothes are too tight, it will give the illusion of being fat.
- Also avoid anything that is too loose, as this can make you look bigger than you are.
- Avoid anything that is too short or too long; this will accentuate your body shape in an unflattering way and make it look like your clothing doesn’t fit properly on your body.
Wearing clothes that are fitted but not too tight will make you look slimmer and more attractive to the opposite sex, without having to diet.
Your weight doesn’t determine your beauty
The truth is that there are many things that can make a person feel beautiful, but your weight is not one of them. Don’t try to lose weight to look more attractive, more beautiful or even more successful. You are already beautiful just the way you are—and no amount of dieting will change that.
Instead, focus on emphasizing the things that make you beautiful. Wear clothes that flatter your figure and highlight your best parts. This will help you feel more confident in yourself, which will make you even more attractive to others.
There’s no reason to let your weight get in the way of a successful outfit. As you can see, there are many ways to dress the body and still look great. The tips above will help you feel more confident about yourself, regardless of what size clothing you’re wearing!