How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner Tip #1: Be Yourself!
The most important thing that you need to know when shopping for clothes is this: Don’t buy something just because it looks good on someone else. Most likely, that person doesn’t have the same body shape that you do and clothes just won’t fit the same on both of you. If you like an outfit on someone else, try it on and get a second opinion before you buy. You want to look comfortable in your clothes and like you belong in them.
How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner Tip #2: Wear Flattering Tops
When deciding on a shirt, jacket or other top, the first thing you need to know is whether you want to accentuate any part of your upper torso or if you’re looking to downplay something, like a large chest. If you’re a top-heavy girl, avoid empire-cut waists and colors and patterns that draw attention to your chest.
Keep in mind that horizontal lines make you look wider, while vertical lines make you look thinner. Try a V-neck or scoop neck shirt to help break up the chest area and make your top appear smaller. V-neck shirts also look best if you have a short neck and need to lengthen out your torso, while high collars are best if you have a long neck. For larger arms, stay away from sleeves that stop at the top of your shoulder, and instead look for cap sleeves that cover the topmost part of your arm or three-quarter length sleeves.
If you want a big belly to look thinner, try a fitted jacket that comes in at the sides, which creates clean lines and doesn’t look bulky. Also, opt for wrap-around shirts or those that have some rouching (scrunched fabric) down the front to disguise extra weight in the tummy. Also, avoid bulky, stiff or shiny fabrics, which create a heavy look.
How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner Tip #3: Find the Perfect Pants
There are four basic rules for choosing slimming jeans and pants:
1) Ditch the high-waist jeans or pants. Although they may appear slimming in the front, especially at the waistline, they only serve to make your bottom look twice as big. Instead, choose pants that sit lower on your hips, but not so low that your love handles are pushed up and out.
2) Tapered or pegged pants make wide hips look even larger, as they create an upside-down triangle from your hips to your feet that accentuates your middle.
The best cut for wide hips is boot cut pants, which have a slight flare at the bottom to balance out your hips and create long, lean, vertical lines.
3) Never wear high waters (pants that are just a few inches too short). The hem of your pants should fall to the bottom of the heel of your shoe.
Many stores offer “short” or “ankle” lengths for petites, “medium” or “regular” for the general population and “long” for the taller crowd. But if you’re of average height and want slimming jeans or pants, choose the long length to create a slim, tall leg.
4) If you have wide hips, skip the pleats. Pleated pants worn on wide hips will be stretched across the hip bones and flare unflatteringly.
For summer fashions, Capri pants are surprisingly slimming as well (unless you’re very short), as long as the hem falls just below the calf.
If you’re brave enough to wear a bathing suit, here’s an interesting tidbit: Dark bathing suits don’t necessarily slim like dark clothing does. Instead, they can draw attention to pasty-white limbs, making them more obvious and unflattering. Colorful bathing suits and suits in earth tones work well with the skin and draw attention to the body as a whole instead of in parts.
How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner Tip #4: Choose Slimming Skirts
Choosing the right skirt is very important. The basic rule of thumb for skirts is that the hemline should never stop at the widest part of your leg, which is usually the calf.
Instead, skirts need to fall right above the knee or below the calf, which features the slimmest portion of your leg.
If you choose a skirt with an especially full style, it would be best worn ankle length. Slits in skirts can be especially flattering when placed on the side. This creates fluid movement when walking and makes for a comfortable wear.
But be careful with front or back slits, which can be difficult to walk in and are generally unflattering; unless of course you have amazing legs. Stay away from pencil skirts, which are only flattering to super skinny figures because they accentuate the hips.
Finally, if you’re trying to disguise large hips or a large chest, A-line skirts and dresses are best suited for you since they hide the hips altogether and balance out your top, putting the focus on the waist and lower leg.
How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner Tip #5: Practice Better Posture
The best planned outfits won’t be flattering if you’re hunched over with bad posture.
If you’re happy with your size, then show it off with confidence. But if you’re feeling flabby and frumpy, you can’t count solely on great clothes to help you find confidence. Join a gym, consult with a nutritionist, hire a personal trainer, or just get out there and do it yourself. After all, if you lose 10 pounds and use these tricks for how to look 10 pounds thinner in your clothes, you can appear 20 pounds thinner with just half the effort!
What’s Your Fashion Personality?
Do the clothes make the person or does the person make the clothes? Whether you love to knit and sew your own threads or are a loyal customer of the entire Rodeo Drive strip, your clothes are most likely a reflection of your personality.