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Posted: June 28, 2012 in weight loss journey

17 Style Tips to Look Thinner

While you’re losing weight, these simple strategies can help you appear slimmer.
Article By: Lisa Freedman
 
How to Look Thinner as the Pounds Come Off

Congratulations, you’re a ‘Tweener! That means you’ve been losing a ton of weight, but you’re not quite at your goal. While you work to shed those last pesky pounds why not let those around you think you’re slimmer than you really are? We asked the experts how you can look your best.

Color me bland
Even the most unfashionable know that black is a slimming color but Stuff Magazine’s fashion director, Kelly Rae, says that all dark colors—and even whites—can minimize your size. “Blander colors won’t draw attention to your outfit, and that’s a good thing. Fuchsias, pinks and other bright shades will make you look like an enormous party tent.” Clearly not a good thing.

Drop your drawers
The skateboarder look might be too young for you but those crazy kids are on to something. “Wearing your pants lower elongates your torso and makes you look leaner,” says Dave Johnson, a former Kenneth Cole designer. Even as little as one inch can make a huge difference.

Go untucked
You don’t want to look sloppy—which an untucked tee or polo is sure to do—but, if done right, an untucked shirt can also elongate your torso. “If you’re wearing a casual fitted button-down with jeans, and both are dark colors, leave it untucked and you’ll never look slimmer,” Johnson says.

Beware of prints
Just like colors, you should pick patterns that aren’t flamboyant. “Never wear anything with an all-over print,” says Rae. “Instead, opt for something subtle and soft like vertical stripes that will elongate your body and make you look taller and thinner.” For the best results with this illusion, look for shirts that are all one color and just use tonal variations in the stripes (like navys and baby blues).

Fit like a glove
“The biggest mistake heavier people make is wearing clothes that don’t fit properly,” Rae says. “You may think a bigger size helps hide the fat but it just makes you look sloppy.” Don’t try to hide your weight under yards of fabric; instead buy shirts that have a more fitted, tapered shape rather than a wide square cut.

Play darts
Remember those fitted shirts from the 70s? Johnson says they’re back and they’re just as helpful as ever: “The darts take out a lot of excess fabric and help give you that athletic V shape.”

Channel Travolta
John Travolta is not a slim guy but he’s still sexy because of the way his clothes fit him. Rae says, “He knows his size and he’s very comfortable in it. You can tell because of the way he wears fitted clothing.”

Suit yourself
Nobody looks bad in a suit. Johnson says it’s true: “That’s because they’re monochromatic head-to-toe and worn close to the body. They’re slimming all around!” But he does have some tips to keep in mind, “Steer clear of double-breasted styles and pleated pants. Natural shoulders and two or three button styles are best.”

Stick to what you know
Guess what? Pleated and double-pleated pants are coming back into style. Guess what else? That doesn’t mean you should wear them. In fact, Rae suggests staying away from any cut that’s on the progressive edge. “Simply put, clothes look better when they’re on a thinner frame and you can’t afford to take chances when you’re overweight,” Rae says.

Must Haves
You should have these items in your closet, no matter what. No excuses!

A Vest
This simple piece can take 10 pounds off instantly. It fits close to your body and, with the bottom edge worn over your belt, your waist line is lowered and your torso is elongated. Need help pulling it off? Check almost any recent photo of Justin Timberlake—he’s always rockin’ the vest!

Boot-Cut Jeans
Get a lower rise pair to, again, elongate your torso (notice a pattern here?). The slight flare at the bottom will make your legs look longer. Dress them up with a dark collared shirt and a dark slim blazer. You can find these jeans anywhere from Old Navy to Gucci.

A Ringer Tee
The broadest part of your chest is the line across your nipples. Highlight this part with a ringer tee where the sleeves hit right at that line. This will accentuate your broadening shoulders over your slimming waist.

Checklist of things to avoid
Steer clear of these wardrobe fatteners:

  • Funky ties:They draw people’s eyes to the wrong places—your belly. Alternatively, match solid or lightly striped shirts with ties that have bigger repeating images like palm trees.
  • Horizontal stripes:No matter how you wear them, these stripes will accent any rolls of fat and make them look larger than they really are. Don’t let that get you down; these stripes don’t look good on anyone, even men with 30-inch waists.
  • Polka dots:And anything else that’s not solid or vertically striped. At least for now. Eccentric, loud patterns like Tommy Bahama shirts will create the exact opposite effect that you’re looking for.
  • Skin-tight clothes: Although it’s best to wear fitted clothing there is a big difference between fitted and painted on. You’ll want to have breathing room in your shirts and pants but not so much that there’s room for two of you.
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