If you’re like most women, you have at least one — a figure flaw that makes you look fat, that is. Maybe you’re short and pudgy or you have bat wings under your upper arms, or there’s a belly roll (aka muffin top) resting on your waist, or a banana roll featuring some extra flesh under your butt, or you possess the infamous “thunder thighs” problem. There are two ways to deal with looking fat: (1) diet and hit the gym or (2) camouflage the excess baggage, which is what this article’s about. So, here are some tips on ways to look thinner this spring:
1. Wear a monochrome color scheme
The monochromatic look will make you look thinner, especially if you choose a dark color like black. (Remember: Clothing with stark color contrasts that divide your body into two sections make you look shorter and heavier.)
Play with values — a light blue top and dark blue bottoms, for instance — and add some texture — a silk blouse or velvet pants — to add some texture to your total look.
Take, for instance, this textured piqué OBR Zip Pocket Blazer that pairs beautifully with a pair of bootcut jeans.
If you can’t stand wearing just one color, add a hint of color via scarves and jewelry to give a little contrast to your monochromatic look.
2. Wear neutral colors
Let’s face it, bright, bold colors and patterns will make you stand out — but if you’re trying to make yourself look thinner, wear neutrals, especially dark neutral colors to make you look your thinnest. Dark colors absorb light and recede into the background and they hide seams and darts that would normally catch the eye. Dark colors also hide lumps and bumps, including cellulite. Navy and black are best.
Another advantage of neutral colors: They’re easy to mix and match and they’ll blend well with the other colors you like to wear.
3. Wear clothes that have strong vertical elements
Wear clothing with vertical lines to look taller and slimmer. Vertical stripes are OK but watch out if they’re on pants or tight skirts because the stripes will curve over your thighs, hips and stomach and accentuate every bump and bulge. Here’s a Worthington® Sleeveless Colorblock Maxi Dress in black and sand features strong vertical lines that create a sleek silhouette.
(Photo courtesy of Scott Snyder)