Worried that you will look like a sack of potatoes in a dress? Here are essential styling tips to make you look your best even if you have gained a few pounds recently.
Pick correct hemlines
Looking slim even if you are overweight is not about covering your body with more cloth. It is how you pick and combine the different pieces. Most people forget what the hemlines or the length of your pants, dress, skirt or shorts can do for your figure.
Avoid baggy and shapeless clothes
One common mistake when covering the extra bulges is wearing large clothes. That will only emphasize your girth. Look for clothes instead that fit comfortable but are not two sizes larger. Throw away those shapeless skirts and shirt and baggy shorts and pants that make you look like a walking tent. If you want to wear a skirt, look instead for maxi skirts that create the illusion of longer legs.
You have most likely seen videos of women ditching shapewear to look more natural, but the secret to that is just finding the correct shapewear. Shapewear will not magically make the extra fat disappear, but it helps distribute the extra bulges, so they do not show up when you wear fitting clothes. Make you try it on before purchasing. Choose seamless slenderizing styles that enhance your assets and hide the tummy.
Pick flattering shoes
For women, pick shoes with at least 2 ½ inch heels and slightly pointed toes. The front portion of the shoes should also cut across the foot so that your legs appear longer and slimmer. As for color, pick a shade that matches the skin tone of your legs or matches the color of your skirt or trousers.
Get a correct bra measurement
Studies show that 8 out of 10 women do not wear the correct bra sizes. Most also think that their bust size does not change, but that is incorrect. You will look and feel more comfortable in your clothes if your breasts are not sagging. Some lingerie stores have measuring services just for women.
High rise jeans do wonders
Do not ever pick low-waist jeans if you have a bulging tummy or wide hips. You will end up exposing your buttocks to people when you sit down. You can still wear jeans but pick high rise jeans that you look slimmer. It makes your upper body look smaller than your legs, thus the slenderizing effect.
Don’t wear the rainbow
Combining and layering different colors seem like fun but it will not be flattering for your figure. Pick one color that makes you look slimmer. Dark colors look great on larger people, but if you want something lighter, one pastel color also works fine.