How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner

Rucuss staffJanuary 6, 2012

 

The best way to look 10 pounds thinner is to actually lose 10 pounds.

But if you need to look slimmer quick, you’re in luck. Wearing clothing that fits well makes any woman look thinner. Glamour magazine has put together a few tricks that will make you look slimmer. Take a look at the different looks below. Oh, and if you try any of the looks be prepared for compliments.

Choose a thicker, shapelier heel.

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Make heel and belt selections using the same general rule of thumb: Aim for balanced proportions. Those with more voluptuous calves and ankles should opt for a thicker, shapelier heel. Kitten heels, on the other hand, can make your feet look extra long (which is only OK if you’re into that sort of thing).

Look for midrise jeans with medium parallel back pockets.

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Except for total gym bunnies, most low-rise-jeans-wearing women will be afflicted at least once in their lives by the dreaded muffin top. To avoid this lumpy fate, look for jeans with slightly higher rises; we like midrise jeans, which end a few inches below your belly button. Don’t forget to check your rear view before leaving the fitting room. Jeans with medium-size rear pockets that are parallel to the middle seam are flattering on practically everyone.

Layer darker colors under lighter ones.

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In the future, people will look back and dub us the generation that perfected the art of layering. Seriously, think about it: How many sweaters, cardigans and sheer shirts do you own? Maximize their slimming potential by putting on your darkest colors first.

Choose foundation garments that fit.

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Sure, control-top underwear and body-cinchers are effective slimming tools, but let’s talk basics. A well-sized bra will hoist your bosom to where it belongs—your nipple at the halfway point between your elbow and shoulder, in case you were wondering—redefining your waist and helping straighten your posture. Get measured by a pro at a boutique or department store that stocks a wide range of sizes.

Carry a structured medium-size handbag.

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In terms of dressing slimmer, tailoring is just as important in accessories as it is in clothing. Avoid giant, slouchy shoulder bags (they’ll just seem like amorphous sacks on your arm) and tiny novelty handbags that look out of proportion on nearly everyone. For a balanced, streamlined appearance, choose a medium-size structured bag for everyday use.

Match your separates.

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“Lose” five pounds by matching your pants or skirt, stockings and shoes. You’ll seem 10 pounds lighter if they’re all black! Is the one-color thing too tame for your taste? Slip on a pair of bright shoes to shake things up.

Remember the number one secret of slim dressing: proportion.

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Full, round shapes on top and bottom will make you look…full and round. So always accentuate your smallest part by pairing your more generously cut pieces with a snugger mate. Balance a wide leg pants with a fitted shirt, a miniskirt with a longer top, etc.

Sport the right jacket.

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Jackets that are hip-length with tailored lines will look sleek; ones that are too baggy or that pull are figure-flattery disasters. Tapered jackets will always whittle your waist.

Choose shapely skirts.

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The tailored cut of a pencil skirt (we love that it’s not skintight through the hips) makes all bodies look sleek.

Slip on a long cardigan.

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Waist-length cardigans tend to shorten your body while long, hip-grazing versions make torsos seem long.

Dress up jeans with heels (and tuck in your shirt).

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Ever wonder why you see this look again and again on celebs, in ads, in magazines? Because, done right, it makes every woman look longer and leaner. Most flattering: straight-leg or boot-cut jeans that sit on your hips (as opposed to at your waist or below your hipbone) and cover your instep when you’re in heels.

Use the right belt.

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Try one with a little nylon stretch that comfortably pulls you in. Wider belts instead of skinny ones will actually make you look smaller.

Look for these flattering pants features:

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Flat-front styles. They’re instant minimizers if you’re curvy. Unlike pleats, a flat front creates an unbroken line across your stomach—making you look taller and slimmer.

A waistband between one and two inches wide. Narrower ones can divide (and draw attention to) a tummy bulge.

A slight flare. These have long been a top seller for a reason: They make hips look slimmer.

A smidge of stretch. It helps pants hold on to the clean, sharp fit you bought them for.

Get yourself a V-neck dress that’s cinched at the waist.

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The one dress everyone looks great in, it is usually constructed with darts at the bust, has curve-enhancing seams and cinches in at or just above the waist—all sveltering features.

Pick your prints wisely.

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Prints aren’t as slimming as solid colors, but you can make them work for you by playing up their camouflaging features. If you’re bigger on the bottom, try pairing a printed A-line dress with a pair of black tights. The golden rule of prints: The smaller the print, the smaller you look.

Wear red!

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We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again (and again!): Wearing something in a bold scarlet hue is a definite DO. The saturated color soaks up the light in all the right ways, and it also gives an I’m-too-sexy-for-my-pants confidence boost!

Take notice of where your top meets your pants.

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Anything that cuts you off at the waist adds pounds. You’ll look slimmer if your top and bottom meet just below the waist.

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