Many people are insecure about their weight, and many may even feel insecure about how heavy they think they look. But with a few simple tricks, you can help yourself look a little slimmer.
The best way to look slimmer is to buy clothes that fit you well. Avoid clothes that are too big or baggy. Stick to dark colors like blue and black. Experiment with fun clothes, such as wide-leg pants and peplum tops. The idea is that you wear clothes that you feel comfortable in and that are good for your self-confidence! Read on for tips on using shoes, undergarments, and makeup to look slimmer.
Part 1 of 4: Laying a good foundation with the right undergarments
Step 1. Wear undergarments that fit you
This is especially important when choosing a bra. A well-fitting bra will help shape your silhouette and constrict your chest. The wrong bra size can create lines that dig into your skin and cause your bust to bulge out at the top. Consider getting your bra size professionally measured in the women's section of a department store.
Wearing underwear that is too small can cause bulges and panty lines to show through pants and other garments. Consider purchasing the correct size seamless underwear
Step 2. Avoid undergarments that offer no support
Although thin bikini bottoms and thongs prevent underwear lines, they barely cover anything and offer no lift or support. Put on men's shorts, briefs and other styles that help lift your butt, stomach and thighs. This cut can help create a sleeker, smoother appearance.
Step 3. Try body-slimming undergarments
If you need extra help creating a shapely figure and controlling your excess weight, try undergarments that shape your body. Such undergarments are pulled over your stomach, thighs, chest, arms, and buttocks to help prevent these areas from vibrating too much.
You may find this option a bit over the top for everyday wear, but it's especially useful for special occasions
Step 4. Consider nylon stockings with a control top
Control-top stockings work very well to keep your tummy flat, especially when wearing dresses and skirts. Control-top stockings have a long, thick layer on the top hem, designed to pull over your stomach and keep everything in place. This creates a smoother appearance that makes your dress or skirt look more flattering.
Part 2 of 4: Putting together flattering outfits
Step 1. Buy clothes of the right size
Clothes that are too small and too tight will show every bit of extra body fat to the outside world. On the other hand, clothes that are too big and baggy will make you look bigger and heavier than you actually are. Only clothes that fit will look good on you. That means you have to try on clothes in the store. Just because the label says a shirt is a certain size doesn't mean that a particular shirt will fit you as well as the other shirts you have in that size.
If fitting clothes mean having them made, then it's no different
Step 2. Go for fitted clothing styles instead of tight or tacky baggy styles
Go beyond just wearing appropriate clothing and choose styles that best suit your body. That means avoiding overly tight or baggy clothes. Tight-fitting clothes will hug your body and show any creases you have. If you want to look slimmer, you should try to divert attention from excess skin, not the other way around.
The same can be said about the opposite: Clothes that are too loose give you a crumpled look and make you bulkier than you are – aka unflattering. Look for clothes that drape over your body shape rather than hang down. Make sure your clothing fits well enough, but is pleasantly loose to follow the contours of your body, without constricting it
Step 3. Introduce some black into your wardrobe
Black has a slimming effect and looks especially nice with trousers, skirts and dresses. All clothes that are black can look flattering, but the line between chic and gloomy is thin. If you decide to go for an all-black outfit, add a pop of color (such as a blouse, shoes, lipstick, handbag, belt, etc.).
Step 4. Add dark washed denim and other rich colors to your style
Dark colors usually have a slimming effect, similar to wearing black clothes. A great way to add color and interest to your wardrobe is with a variety of rich colors, from deep plum to dark olive -- and from navy blue to chocolate brown.
Use strategically chosen dark colors to slim down your problem areas, and bright colors to draw attention to your more beautiful shapes
Step 5. Wear a blazer
A blazer is an easy way to cover up unflattering arms, and the vertical lines of the lapel give your figure a longer look. An open blazer paired with a V-neck shirt and dark jeans is a quick outfit to combine.
Step 6. Add bold colors and patterns to your wardrobe
As mentioned, bright colors can highlight your good areas and dark colors can hide your problem areas. Consider adding some bold colors and prints to your wardrobe for some variation. Be sure to choose prints that are small -- about the size of your fist.
- Thick patterns can distract the eye and camouflage your contours, causing the observer to notice your clothes rather than your size.
- Choose patterns with bright or deep colors, as patterns in light colors can draw attention to your imperfections and make you heavier.
Step 7. Try monochrome color schemes
Large solid color blocks pull the eye up and down instead of side to side. As a result, the eye mainly perceives length rather than width, making you appear thinner and taller. Wear solid-colored dresses, both up and down, or solid-colored, checkered dresses.
Multi-colored checkered dresses create the same fitted look as a single color dress, except they have different colored pockets that can create or accentuate a beautiful figure
Step 8. Wear a vertical neckline
Collect V-neck shirts, sweaters, cardigans, and other vertical necklines that force the eye up and down, shrinking and stretching your torso. Avoid horizontal necklines, such as crew necks and boat necks, as they make your shoulders and bust appear wider.
Step 9. Go for vertical details and avoid horizontal details
Think pinstripes, pleats and vertical zippers and avoid horizontal stripes or rows of decoration. Vertical details force the eye to look up and down, rather than left and right, helping to create the illusion of figure-correction.
Step 10. Balance your legs with wide legs
Tight jeans and other trousers with tapered legs draw attention to your hips and thighs, making your top appear heavy. Instead, go for straight-leg, boot-cut, and other styles with a slightly flared leg for pants. These styles pull the eyes down and away from the waist, creating a slimmer look.
Step 11. Look for A-line, knee-length skirts and dresses
A-line skirts hang at the hip and thigh, but flare out at the knee, creating a balanced look next to your legs. Knee-length skirts are generally the most flattering, but many mid-rise styles also work well, depending on your height.
Step 12. Hide problem areas
If you have some excess weight around your belly, look for peplum tops and dresses that flare out and can be paired with a high-waisted A-line skirt. In addition, wrap skirts and dresses can narrow your waist and disguise bulky parts of your body. Go for clothes that can carefully mask problem areas without adding too much bulk.
Step 13. Avoid detail in problem areas
If you're carrying a little extra weight on your thighs, look for pants and skirts with few pockets and no embellishments on the hips. Details attract attention, and any part of your body that is covered with visual details will stand out more.
Step 14. Accentuate your positive attributes
If you have beautiful legs and are proud of them, you can emphasize them by raising the hemline of your skirt by a few centimeters. If you have a well-defined waist, choose clothes with a tight, high waist and belts that really draw attention. By drawing attention to the slimmest parts of your body, you create the illusion of an overall slim figure and confidence.
Part 3 of 4: Choose shoes as accessories
Step 1. Opt for high heels or platform soles
High heels make your legs longer and slimmer, and slimmer legs help create an overall slimmer look. If you have wide feet, flip flops and strappy sandals will only add weight to your feet. You don't have to wear stilettos, but a thinner heel of 5cm or more can help make your legs look longer. Choose a pointy toe with a lower front shoe (that part of the shoe that covers your toes) and avoid a square toe.
Step 2. Avoid shoes with ankle straps
Ankle straps place a horizontal line at the top of your foot that cuts off your leg and makes you shorter than you are. Legs that look shorter will counteract the illusion of a lean body.
Step 3. Wear shoes that match your legs in color
Shoes with a shade similar to your skin give the illusion of longer legs. Black boots or pumps combined with black solid tights are a possible look for the colder winter months. For the summer months, you can opt for skin-colored shoes and pumps, and then wear them without covering your legs.
Part 4 of 4: Styling with extra slimming techniques
Step 1. Use makeup to draw attention to your face
A touch of eyeshadow or an eye-catching shade of lipstick keeps the focus on your face and away from your body. Make sure your eyebrows are nicely arched and that you get rid of the circles under your eyes that could otherwise pull your face down.
However, don't wear too much makeup either. Just add a little color to one appearance at a time-usually your eyes or your lips-and keep the rest of your makeup looking natural
Step 2. Make up your hair
Ask your style guru about styles that can elongate your neck or face. In general, a bob haircut can emphasize the width of your face too much, but many long, layered styles force the look up and down instead of side to side.
Consider putting your hair up and keeping it out of your face. You can give the crown of your head a little more volume and pull your hair back into a smooth ponytail
Step 3. Decorate yourself
Think bright, sassy and long necklaces. Stick to jewelry and other accessories that create a vertical look, and avoid horizontal accessories like chokers that widen your neck or other external features.
Step 4. Wear a belt
Although it creates a horizontal line across your body, a fashionable belt around your waist can emphasize a narrow waist and create a figure-flattering, slim silhouette. Stick to narrow straps instead of the wider straps. A narrow belt makes your waist even thinner (rather than constricted).
Consider a thin belt with, for example, a leopard pattern with a black outfit
- Work on your attitude. Stand up straight, pull your stomach in and your shoulders back. Good posture will make you look lean and tall, but slumped shoulders will make you more stocky and slouchy.
- Wear dark colors like navy and black to disguise larger areas. Avoid lighter colors like light blue and beige, as they will emphasize your size.
- Do what you can to feel good about your weight. Try to control it with diet and exercise, but avoid unhealthy diet fads or other obsessive behaviors that can lead to eating disorders. Just a little moderate exercise can help you lose weight, reduce stress and gain confidence.
- Determine your body type, that will help you a lot. There are multiple sites to help you determine your body type.
- If you have a pear shape, it can make sense to wear a flowing top and tight pants, which gives the illusion of a proportioned body. However, always work with colors and styles, rather than sizes.
- Wearing clothes that are too loose is not always attractive. Wear a nice fit pants or skirt, such as well-fitting jeggings or a pair of jeans in your size, but make sure the pants you choose fit well above your pelvis for a slimmer look. Combine this with a nice horizontal striped shirt or a top with a pre-shaped bust and flowing pants or skirt. Both with (medium) long sleeves, to cover any imperfections, such as stretch marks. The shirt you wear should not be too tight in the back, if your back is not so flat, but it should rest on your stomach and emphasize your natural curves.
- Wear a belt that is not too tight.
- A peplum with tight or bootcut jeans will help to enhance your figure.
- Don't wear clothes that are too tight just to boast that you can wear a smaller size. This can look ugly and make lighter people even more massive.