No, it’s not just your clothes—it’s how you wear them. While we’re the first ones to tell you eating well and working out are the keys to weight loss, how you get dressed in the morning can make you look 10 pounds slimmer or larger. So isn’t it time you made sure your clothes are working for you, not against you? No matter where you are on your weight loss journey, here are a few ways you can use your clothes to look slimmer, disguise problem areas and highlight your best features. Forget waist trainers (ick) or Victorian-era girdles—these are tips for real women that want to know how to dress to look thinner. Don’t wait until the scale displays some magical number you think merits a new wardrobe; you deserve to look amazing today—wherever you are on your weight loss journey.
Play With Patterns
Don’t be afraid of patterns! If you’re heavier set, stop discarding the patterned leggings you have stored away; not only are they super trendy right now, but a good patterned pant—particularly one in a darker color—can act as camouflage for your cellulite or saddlebags. If you’re wondering how to dress to look thinner, the only pattern “rule” you need to follow is to avoid wearing them on both top and bottom—if you’re wearing a patterned top, opt for a solid pant in a darker color on the bottom.
Tuck In Your Shirt
If your shirt is on the slouchier side and you’re not wearing slim-fitting pants, leaving it un-tucked can make you look like you’re drowning in an oversized silhouette. It can be tempting to try and hide under baggier clothes, but you may be surprised at how much tucking in your shirt can accentuate your waist. Throw on a well-fitting blazer and pair with straight leg jeans to create a flattering silhouette from head to toe.
Find Jeans That Do You Justice: Mid or High-Rise, Dark Wash, With A Smidge of Stretch
Most of us have a few extra pounds around our middle, so low-rise jeans will only create the dreaded “muffin top.” (Let’s be real: does anyone really need jeans that give them low-rise plumber butt?!) To avoid this, go for mid or high-rise jeans with medium-size pockets that are parallel to the middle seam—a style that’s flattering on pretty much everyone. A smidge of stretch can help your jeans fit the same as the day you bought them, and darker washes are the most flattering across the board.
The number one way to look thinner in your clothes is to keep your tops and bottoms in proportion. If you’re wearing a flowing skirt, choose a closer-fitting top. If you have a little extra fat around your middle as many of us do, the right flowy top paired with slim-fitting pants can make you look pretty and perfectly proportional. Look for slouchy tops with asymmetrical details or made out of sheer fabric and layer them over a tank top. We’re huge fans of Lysee leggings that help pull in your middle and are cute to wear as everyday pants.
Layer Darker Colors Under Lighter Ones
Smart layering is an great way to show off what you want and keep problem areas under wraps. Maximize the slimming potential of your layers by first putting on something darker (like a black camisole) and then adding a lighter color second (think a sweet white or pale pink cardigan.) You’ll not only stay warm but look svelte, too!
Invest In Some Shapewear
Did you know Spanx makes tights and leggings, too? Not to mention tank tops that can help pull in that muffin top and give you a smooth silhouette to layer clothes over. Like anything, you’ve got to start with a nice foundation before you add anything else—so begin with solid shapewear that creates the silhouette you want. There’s no shame in the shapewear game!
Choose The Right Belt
Finding the right belt for your body can do wonders to accentuate your waistline. It may seem counterintuitive, but choosing a wider belt instead of a skinnier one can actually make your waist look smaller. Try a wider belt with a little stretch to comfortably accentuate your waist.
When In Doubt…Go For a V-Neck Dress Cinched at the Waist
There’s a reason Diane Von Furstenburg’s wrap dress has been a staple in women’s closets for decades: it’s incredibly flattering on everyone. While many of us don’t have DVF in our closet, we can still mimic the style by opting for a V-neck dress cinched at the waist. This plays up a woman’s silhouette in all the right ways, flattering almost every shape creating a svelte and put-together look in seconds.
No matter what the number on the scale happens to say today, there’s no need to hide under giant ponchos or baggy clothes. Now that you know how to dress to look thinner, you can head out the door knowing you’re putting your best features forward—and be confident that you look good no matter where you are on your weight loss journey.