Argh, we know, the best way to feel confident in our bodies is to stay healthy through good food and exercise—we have been told this back and again, repeatedly. But, sometimes we just need that extra boost. Which is why it’s key to know how to look thinner using nothing but your clothes and a couple nifty styling tips.
1. Invest in shape-wear
By now you’re probably tired of hearing about Spanx and the other gazillion types of stretchy devices that promise to shave off of pounds, but here’s the thing: They really work. At its core, the right piece of shape-wear works as a means to help distribute bulges while smoothing you out and holding you in.
2.. Wear all black
Tops and bottoms of the same color create an uninterrupted vertical line, making you look thinner and taller. Stark contrasts between your upper and lower body draw eyes to your middle.
3. High rise jeans
Except for total gym bunnies, most low-rise-jeans-wearing women will be afflicted at least once in their lives by the dreaded muffin top. To avoid this lumpy fate, look for jeans with higher rise. Don’t forget to check your rear view before leaving the fitting room.
4. Invest in underwear that fits
Did you know that over 80 percent of women wear bras that are the wrong size? It’s true, and it can make your look larger due to the appearance of sagging breasts. When there’s proper space between your waist and chest, you appear leaner. The solution? Head to your nearest lingerie store to get the proper under garments for your self.
5. Same skin tone footwear
Another slimming footwear idea? Skin-tone heels—they’re second only to Spanx in the celeb style-secret handbook. Perfect for wearing with knee-length and mid-thigh skirts, they can add a few more inches to your sexy legs. Be warned—the skin-tone-shoe trick works only with bare legs. Once paired with color tights, the optical illusion is ruined, so save this genius idea for days when you have door-to-door transportation!