Firstly, let me qualify the title by saying that this blog post is not about size or shape. It’s not meant to be discriminatory in any way – I’m simply sharing easy tips for looking long, lean without starvation or going to the gym. I personally use these tips to create the illusion of a slimmer and more streamlined figure. Honestly, if I put aside a dollar for every time my customer comes out of the fitting room and ask “Do I look fat in this?”, I’ll be a millionaire! So, since looking slim and fit is a need that is not going away any day soon, I thought I’ll chip in with my 2 cents worth about the subject.
Here are my top 8 ways to dress yourself skinny:
1. Wear Skinny Heels With Pointy Toes
Legs look slim and sexy in skirts paired with a shoe that has a tapered toe and at least a 2-inch stiletto. A slender toe and thin heel work to extend the narrow silhouette of calves. Square or rounded toe styles shoes with a thick, chunky heel give the appearance of a shorter, bulky leg.
2. Show Some Decolletage
The best neckline to slim your face is a V-neck. That’s because the V-neck creates a high focal point away from your midsection (ahem – tummy) and gives the illusion of a longer and slimmer upper body. The more skin you display between chin and chest (within reason!), the more elegant your proportions will seem overall; wider V-necklines visually balance broad hips and thighs. So, if you want to dress yourself slim – go ahead and collect V-neck everything – camisoles, tanks, T-shirts, cardigans, dresses and jackets!
3. Embrace Shapewear
I know that given the sunny weather in Singapore, wearing shapewear everyday isn’t for everybody. However, good shapewear really works. At its core, the right piece of shapewear will help to distribute bulges while smoothing you out and holding you in. So sometimes, we should weigh our comfort levels in terms of our need to look and feel fabulous. If it’s an important meeting or presentation and you want to feel more confident, perhaps you should consider getting into that Spanx to smooth bulges while lifting breasts and the behind. I recommend shapers with tummy control that you can wear under shift dresses and pencil skirts. One caution with shapewear – too tight shapewear may create the unsightly VPL, so either go for the boy-shorts variety if you can, or ensure that your shapewear is the right size for you. Sometimes, tighter is not better.
4. Go Monochromatic
Here’s a piece of popular slimming advice. Wearing the same color from top to toe, does elongate the body and make one appear leaner. It doesn’t have to be all black. It can be navy, grey, purple – any color you fancy. Tops and bottoms of the same color create an uninterrupted vertical line, making you look thinner and taller. On the other hand, stark contrasts (for example white shirt with black pants) between your upper and lower body will draw attention to your middle.
Another point to note is that, the darker shade should be worn on the body part that you want to appear slimmer. For example, if you’re conscious of your hips, wearing the darker color as pants or skirt, and picking the lighter shade for a blouse will create the most slimming effect. You may want to take this a step further and keep the color of your tights, stockings and shoes within the same color family as well.
5. Use Accessories Strategically
Long necklaces add length to a short neck, bring the focus away from the hips to the center of your body. Bold earrings and chokers on the other hand, attract attention to your face, while bangles, cuffs and cocktail rings draw the eye to your wrists instead of upper arms. To look slimmer, cinch dresses and tunics with skinny belts — they help define your natural waist in the most flattering way possible. A thick belt, however, can cut you in half, which can cause you to look stumpy. So, depending on where you want the main attention to be, use a fancy piece of jewelry to capture the attention of your audience.
6. Wear Hair Up and Off Your Face
If height is a real issue with you, perhaps you want to put your hair up into a high bun on the back of your head! Depending on the height of your bun, you’ll certainly look taller, and if you lightly tease a few strands of hair at both sides of the crown, it will bring out your bone structure and make your face look thinner.
7. Choose The Right Fabrics
Some fabrics pile on the pounds more than others. Choose "flat" materials that don't add volume. Pick cotton, denim, silk, or wool gabardine. Some fabrics actually help slim and shape - try viscose, rayon, jersey, cashmere, fine cotton, and anything with a touch of spandex. Whenever possible avoid wearing bulky materials, such as corduroy, crushed velvet, leather, suede, angora, brocade, taffeta, boucle, satin and flannel on areas where you want to slim down.
8. Pick The Right Length
If you're trying to give off a thinner appearance, it's key to be mindful of hemlines. This means staying far away from things humorously associated with tourists: capri pants, pleated khakis, long baggy shorts or calf-length skirts – any garment that “cuts” you at your widest part of your calves, waistline or hips.
Opt for straight jeans in a dark wash that hit exactly at your ankle or an inch or two below. This will elongate your body, especially when paired with dark heels, ankle boots or flats. In terms of skirts, a knee-length pencil skirt is the most universally flattering silhouette, as are fitted A-line skirts that hit right above the knee.
These styling ideas are meant to help us look slim and inspire creativity as we get dressed every day. I feel that the most important ingredient to personal style is to be comfortable in one’s skin (regardless of size and shape) and clever dressing to accentuate one’s best features while camouflaging the flaws.
Have a stylish week, my friends!