How to Dress Slimmer

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Body weight fluctuates. While not everyone can be a small size, the clothes you wear can make you look thinner, or (gasp!) larger. It's your choice. You don't need to completely cover your body if you have extra weight, and not every one of these tips will work for you. Find out what flatters your figure and stick with it. You have some great features, so accentuate the best and accessorize the rest.

One caveat. A small weight gain may make your clothes feel tighter, so it's a good idea to have some "fat" clothes available for those occasions. Don't feel bad. Every woman experiences this but there are ways to neutralize the problem. These tricky tips for clothing, color, and accessories will tell you how to dress slimmer, and ultimately, look thinner.

  • Find a good fit. Clothes that are too tight or too baggy will make you appear larger.
  • Choose darker solid colors such as black, navy blue and gray.
  • Dress monochromatic, all in one color, top to bottom, no patterns.
  • If you want to wear patterns, go for smaller ones that overlap.
  • Avoid horizontal stripes. Look for thin vertical and and diagonal lines for a fluid look.
  • Select bold accessories to draw attention away from trouble spots.
  • Avoid bulky sweaters and sweatshirts.
  • Always try on clothes. Different designers have different size charts.
  • Avoid pleats. Flat front pants and skirts are instant slimmers.
  • Low-rise pants that hit just below your navel will lengthen your torso.
  • For longer looking legs, skirts should fall right above the knee.
  • Forego the frills. Extra ruffles and material add to your overall size.
  • If you have a large bust, invest in a good support bra.
  • Avoid shiny fabrics such as velour and satin.
  • High heels add height and shapes your legs. That's why you always see runway models in heels.
  • Dark panty hose will make large legs appear thinner.
  • Stay away from patterned leggings.
  • Wear undergarment foundations such as control top pantyhose and shapers.
  • If you prefer wearing a sleeveless dress, cover your upper arms with a sheer, elegant shawl.
  • Choose open collar shirts, V-neck shirts, and scoop necklines to make your torso appear longer.
  • Avoid small handbags. Stick with a medium-sized bag in proportion to your body.
  • A dress with a matching coat can hide bulges.
  • Match your belt and shoes to your skirt or pants to make your legs appear longer.
  • Don't tuck your shirt in. Buy those that fall just below your waist but aren't too long.
  • You can still wear bright colors, just not on your problem areas.
  • Avoid too-tight pants that cling to your hips and thighs. Instead, try trousers with comfortable legs and wide cuffs.
  • For longer, thinner-looking legs, opt for an asymmetrical, tiered skirt.
  • If you're a petite woman, wear the highest heel you're comfortable with to add some height.
  • For longer-looking legs, match your socks and shoes to your trousers.
  • A thick waistband helps flatten the tummy.
  • Like chunky jewelry? Don't overdo it. Choose one large piece and keep the others in proportion to your frame.