Fashion has the ability to make us look better than we feel. For those times you wish you were a little bit taller or felt slimmer, we’ve got a few styling tricks that will boost your confidence and help you walk out the door looking and feeling your best.
- Create low contrast with your footwear.
Wearing heels can actually lift your body making you look taller and slimmer. However, if you want to double their elongating properties, go for sandals or pumps that match your skin tone like nude or beige, especially when you’re wearing a skirt or a dress. If you’re wearing trousers, match your footwear with the color of your bottom piece so the color continues from your legs to your feet for helping draw the eye down, and giving the illusion of even longer limbs.
- Play with colors.
For an instant trick to look thinner, wear all black or a monochromatic look. To add interest, just play with your textures and incorporate a hint of leather, denim, faux fur, silk, tweed and such to make it look more flattering. You may go for ensembles with color panels if you’ve got some issues to address like a top-heavy frame, muffin-top, or bottom heavy. Just remember the basic trick that light colors highlight and dark colors conceal.
- Play with proportions.
Though boxy and oversized trend is considered fashionable, always go for silhouettes that fit your figure perfectly. To look slimmer, try different combinations of fit and draw the eye to your narrowest spot. A shirt that hits below the widest part of your hips will also keep the focus away from that area, so look for knee-length and pencil skirt styles. When wearing a loose blouse, pair it with a fitted skirt like fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur did, making her looks more proportioned and feminine. When wearing a shapeless dress, wear a skinny belt around your waist. If your hips are slimmer than your chest, try pairing an oversize top with skinny jeans. On the other hand, if you have curvier bottoms, rock a pair of flares or bell bottoms for which the pants create one long line of your body.
- Use vertical lines to your advantage.
This rule relies on the fact that eyes naturally follow the lines, so avoid horizontal stripes and wide belts. Instead, go for vertical or slanting stripes to make you look slimmer. Vertical stripes typically create a long line while slanting stripes give you some illusion of a wider frame depending on where it’s placed. Generally, slanting stripes look great for straight shaped body and pear shaped woman making their bottom part look more proportioned.
- Create a slimmer silhouette with coats and blazers.
A cardigan, coat, or blazer worn open will naturally draw the eye up and down as well. Like fashion blogger Veronica Popoiacu, try to create a high contrast between your outfit and your outerwear for a more defined line. For instance, wearing a burgundy outfit with a pink blazer or a red dress with a camel coat will give you a slimmer frame instantly.
The better your clothing fits, the better you will look. So, follow our slimming tricks to make you look at your best on your street looks.