You’ve had a grueling week at work, and the one occasion cushioning your sanity is a night out with your gal pals. Much to your dismay, this burst of relief is shattered when your confidence is compromised. We’ve all been there ladies. It doesn’t matter how many times people tell us we look as slim as a carrot; if we feel fat, there is no telling otherwise! But instead of skimping out on the dinner rolls, it’s time to let your wardrobe shape your appearance instead. Here are some fool-proof body slimming tips that will make you feel as if you should be strutting down the Milan runway (or at least appear as trim):
Bring on the blazer
For those of us with a more voluptuous upper-half, a well-tailored blazer was made for you. Throw on a pair of skinny jeans with a V-neck tee, and a shaped blazer will instantly dress up this outfit. If tapered in the right places, not only will a blazer make you appear slim, but will add a dash of sophistication to your outfit. It’s no coincidence Jessica Simpson has been spotted in an array of fitted blazers on more than one occasion.
Keep in mind: If slim is what you’re going for, the boyfriend blazer is probably not for you. Although this trend is just as chic as it is casual, over-sized blazers will just add bulk to your appearance.
When it comes to flattering hues, black is the colour we worship. A little black dress is a must-have closet essential for a reason. Not only is it a universally known slimming staple, but can morph into a multitude of different looks. At the same time, a little risk never hurt anyone, right? Instead of remaining in the safety zone, pluck out some bolder shades to add to your wardrobe (like deep blues, purples and browns). These tones will still allude to a slimming figure without keeping you in the dark.
Keep in mind: Monochromatic tones are usually a safe bet, but lighter shades can actually add pounds to your appearance. If you want to camouflage a bigger chest, forget about that white blouse you always wear. If you have a pear-shaped figure, set aside the khakis; they tend to accentuate the curves instead of disguise them.
Earn your stripes
Stripes can either help slim you down or make you appear twice as large. Care to chance it? Didn’t think so. If you want to add pounds to your frame, then horizontal stripes are the way to go. However, for all others currently living in the real world, avoid horizontal lines at all costs! Turn those stripes around instead and purchase clothing with vertical bands. Vertical stripes will make you appear taller and will distract away from any flaws in your figure.
Keep in mind: Pinstripes can give off a professional vibe, and are the perfect ensemble for work. Like most clothing, these vertical stripes are most flattering in darker hues (browns, navy blue and black).
Accessorize with care
It’s not just your physical size that you should pay attention to, as the size of your accessories can also help you look smaller. If you have a well-rounded figure, a miniature purse and skinny belt will only make your curves stand out more. Instead, think in proportion. Larger women should opt for a sizable purse, wide belt and a necklace with a large pendant or one covered in charms.
Keep in mind: Accessories cannot create miracles. Although they can help complement a slimming outfit, do not rely on jewelry alone. Just follow the tricks above, and think of your adornments as icing on top of a new and staggering you.