Friday, November 2, 2012

How to Look Slimmer

Monochromatic dressing

The holiday season is approaching and with it a bevy of wonderful foods. Things that we wouldn’t normally eat, usually because they are seasonal, we indulge in regularly from November to January. I have to admit that I’m looking forward to turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and corn pudding. Isn’t that a lineup that will stick in your gut, and when things are rich, weight gain can be an unfortunate side effect. So instead of skipping all the holiday fun, try a few fashion tricks.


One of the simplest ways to look slimmer is to elongate your frame. This can be done by wearing all one color. A knit dress with matching tights makes the eye travel up and down. Add a long rope of pearls and the eye continues its north south travels. Just about anything that makes you look taller will make you look slimmer. This is probably why heels are so popular. They actually do make you taller and if you keep the heels in proportion to your body it will add height. I find that skinny tiny stilettoes do not make heavy calves look slim, just the opposite. Go for a slightly sturdier heel and maybe even a platform.

 A color blocked dress slims the lower half

Fabrics as well as garment size can make a difference on whether you look slimmer or not. Fabric that holds its shape and has some structure is better than clingy fabrics that emphasize every bump and bulge. While you may want to show off a particular figure feature keep the size appropriate. Even the slimmest of the slim looks like a stuffed sausage if they are trying to cram their body into a dress one size too small. Just as bumps and creases create weight, remember that those wrinkles and sags will do the same thing. Don’t forget to iron your clothes for a smooth finish.


Just as wearing all one color will create the illusion of slimness, dark colors deemphasize size. Wear dark colors on the half of your body that you want to make smaller. If you have a large bust and want to slim it, a dark top with lighter color pants or skirt will do the job. Remember to color block for your particular figure needs. I don’t plan on skipping any yummy gooey part of the holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving and ends with a cocktail party on New Year’s Eve. “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” ~ Auntie Mame. I don’t plan on starving at all!
I'll drink to that!

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