Black clothing is a staple in almost every wardrobe. It goes with everything, doesn’t show stains, and most importantly, it’s slimming. But it is possible to bring some color and pizzazz into your life while still looking absolutely fabulous. Here’s how you can dress 10 pounds lighter in any hue.
- While solid colors generally do your waistline wonders, it is possible to look lean in a printed fabric. Choose a small-sized print in like colors that blend together, rather than a big bold print in contrasting colors. The former can actually help camouflage your problem areas.
- Keep your clothing tailored—wearing baggy clothes doesn’t hide extra pounds, it exaggerates them. That’s not to say everything should be skintight. Pair a tailored pencil skirt with a tucked in blouse or slip on a dress with an empire waist to disguise fuller hips but show off the slimmest part of your body.
- The right accessories can shave a few pounds. Long necklaces can elongate your torso and statement earrings can draw attention to your face, rather than problem spots.
- The eye is going to go wherever there are embellishments like ruffles, decorative stitching or bling, so use it to your advantage. Shirts with decor around the bust will distract from the tummy. Well-placed color blocking like side panels on a dress can give the illusion of a perfect hourglass figure.
- Choose jeans with simple pockets or none at all to keep the eye from going straight to the thigh or backside. The safest bet for most figures is solid, dark denim in a straight leg or slight boot cut. Avoid whiskering or fading, which won’t do your thighs any favors.
Final tip: Did you know that the right footwear can be slimming? A pair of nude pumps can make you look supermodel tall. On the flipside, avoid anything that cuts you off at the ankle (think ankle boots or strappy sandals), which can make you look stout.