How to dress to look thinner in photos
If you want to know the best way to dress to look thinner, it’s important that you first understand what makes some of us appear more slender than others. There are many factors that contribute to an individual’s overall body shape and size, but there are two things in particular that can have a major impact on how your clothes fit: height and shoulder width. The taller you are, the larger your proportions will be across most areas of your body; likewise, if you have narrow shoulders, this will also make your body look bigger relative to other people who have broader shoulders.
Wear clothes that are too small
Now that we have established the importance of dressing to look thinner, let’s talk about how to do it. The first thing you need to know is that there are many ways to dress your body type in order for it to appear leaner. The trick is finding the right combination of clothing which will flatter and accentuate all the right parts of your body while hiding those areas which you would rather not show off.
Here are some examples:
- Wear clothes that are too small for your body type. If you’re larger than average, try wearing tops or dresses that make a point at being tight around the bust/shoulders but loosen up as they descend down towards the bottom half of your torso (e.g., if you’re wearing jeans with baggy knees but tight thighs). This creates an optical illusion where onlookers think they’re seeing two different people because their eyes can’t process how different each area looks from another part of their body!
- Wear clothes that are too big for another part of your body type—like if someone has wide hips but tiny arms? They could try cinching up her waistline using clip-on suspenders over some high-waisted leggings so she’ll appear smaller overall when standing upright (especially with heels on).
Change your silhouette
- Make sure your clothes fit properly. If an item doesn’t fit right, it can make you look bigger and lead to a sloppy, unkempt appearance.
- Choose clothing that flatters your body type. If you’re not sure what kind of shape you have, ask a salesperson at the store where you’re shopping if they have any professional measuring tools such as a tape measure that could help find out how to dress for your specific shape (and avoid clothes that might hide or accentuate certain areas).
- Wear clothes that fit well and don’t hang off of one shoulder or bunch up in odd places when worn over several layers of clothing—this will also make it easier for others to notice how good-looking the rest of their outfit looks on them!
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing unless it’s specifically designed for this purpose; instead opt for looser garments since they’ll draw attention away from those problem areas instead.”
Opt for one color
- Choose a color that flatters you. This is the most important step in dressing to look thinner, and it’s also the most difficult one because finding your own personal “flattering” color can be challenging. But if you’re willing to put in some time and thought into it, I promise it’s worth it!
- Avoid color combos that don’t work on you. Once you’ve chosen your flattering hue(s), make sure they go well together by matching them with complementary colors like black or white — or even better: neutrals that won’t compete with your outfit (think grays, tans, browns).
- Make sure you own the right colors. If possible, try on every item of clothing before buying so that when buying online later on at home all goes smoothly without surprises like “this thing looks different than what I thought!” (that happened to me once). Also remember: sizes vary from brand-to-brand so don’t expect this process will always yield exact results across brands unless all their clothing fits exactly the same way on everyone else who wears them 🙂
Wear a dark coat or jacket
A black coat or jacket will make you look thinner, as it makes your body recede into the background. This can be especially helpful if you have a large bust and want to minimize its appearance.
A dark-colored jacket is also a great way to achieve the illusion of greater height, as it will help bring your eye up toward your face (rather than down toward your waistline).
Finally, wearing darker colors such as burgundy or navy blue gives off an air of professionalism and confidence—two qualities that are sure to make you feel more attractive!
Wear light colored, flowy pants
- Wear light colored, flowy pants. Light colors will give you a slimmer appearance and help to elongate your silhouette. A-line or wide-leg pants are great options because they have a flattering shape that skims over any bulges or curves. You can also try flared bottoms, which will look good with a pair of heels or sandals in summer and booties in winter.
- Avoid wearing dark colored tops with dark bottoms (this includes black). Dark clothing tends to make people look heavier and shorter than they really are, while light colors have the opposite effect—they tend to slim the figure and make you look taller than you really are!
Pick the right patterned dress
Choose a pattern that’s in line with your body type. If you are tall and thin, try a dress with vertical lines or stripes. If you’re short and stocky, opt for horizontal stripes or dots.
If it’s not obvious by now, the same rules apply to patterns as they do to clothing color: find something close to your skin tone. If you have fair skin but dark hair, try a floral print instead of something loud like leopard print; if you have dark brown eyes but blonde hair (ugh), choose an intricate pattern instead of geometric shapes like zigzags or polka dots; etc., etc., etc.
Wear the right dresses for your shape
- If you are pear-shaped, wear a dress with a fitted top and a flared skirt
- If you are apple-shaped, wear a dress with a fitted waist and flared skirt
- If you are hourglass-shaped, wear a dress with a fitted waist and fitted skirt
- If you are narrow-shaped, wear a dress with a fitted waist and fitted skirt
- If you are petite, wear a dress with a fitted top and flared skirt (or vice versa)
If the top of your body is smaller than the bottom half—which is common for tall or curvy women—a full-skirted look will balance out your proportions.
Look for styles that fit your body type and accentuate the areas you want to be highlighted.
Here are some tips to help you dress to look thinner:
- Wear clothes that fit your body type.
- Wear clothes that accentuate the areas you want to be highlighted. For example, if you have a petite frame, wear wide shoulder styles and avoid anything too tight around the middle. Alternatively, if you’re on the tall side, stick with longer hemlines and tuck in tops so they don’t bunch up underneath your chin!
- You can also use accessories to accentuate your body type—think belts for smaller waists or scarves for long necks!
While there is no magic bullet for looking thinner, dressing to flatter your body type and choosing clothes that complement each other is a great way to help you feel more confident in your own skin. We hope you found these tips helpful!