The next best thing to workouts and eating right? These figure-flattering style tips. Prepare for compliments!
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Match your separates.
"Lose" five pounds by matching your pants or skirt, stockings and shoes. You'll seem 10 pounds lighter if they're all black! Is the one-color thing too tame for your taste? Slip on a pair of bright shoes to shake things up.
Remember the number one secret of slim dressing: proportion.
Full, round shapes on top and bottom will make you look ...f ull and round. So always accentuate your smallest part by pairing your more generously cut pieces with a snugger mate. Balance a wide leg pants with a fitted shirt, a miniskirt with a longer top, etc.
Sport the right jacket.
Jackets that are hip-length with tailored lines will look sleek; ones that are too baggy or that pull are figure-flattery disasters. Tapered jackets will always whittle your waist.
Dress up jeans with heels (and tuck in your shirt).
Ever wonder why you see this look again and again on celebs, in ads, in magazines? Because, done right, it makes every woman look longer and leaner. Most flattering: straight-leg or boot-cut jeans that sit on your hips (as opposed to at your waist or below your hipbone) and cover your instep when you're in heels.
Look for these flattering pants features:
•Flat-front styles. They're instant minimizers if you're curvy. Unlike pleats, a flat front creates an unbroken line across your stomach-making you look taller and slimmer.
•A waistband between one and two inches wide. Narrower ones can divide (and draw attention to) a tummy bulge.
•A slight flare. These have long been a top seller for a reason: They make hips look slimmer.
•A smidge of stretch. It helps pants hold on to the clean, sharp fit you bought them for.
Pick your prints wisely.
Prints aren't as slimming as solid colors, but you can make them work for you by playing up their camouflaging features. If you're bigger on the bottom, try pairing a printed A-line dress with a pair of black tights. The golden rule of prints: The smaller the print, the smaller you look.
Try a wide-collar coat.
It's hard not to feel like an abominable snowman in the colder seasons when you have to get all bundled up. But a wide-collar coat — or a chunky look-at-me scarf worn over your normal jacket — has a way of streamlining everything from the chest down.
Cover up with a dark cardi.
No need to squirrel away those white tees, striped tops and filmy blouses. Those summery wardrobe items can seem scary when you've been forgetting (OK, skipping) the sit-ups at the gym, but they're really a slim-ifying secret weapon. Just tuck one underneath your favorite dark cardigan: The vertical dark and light color contrast shrinks waists-no sweaty workout time required.
Wear scoop-front heels.
Sure it sounds silly, but test out different types of shoes in front of the mirror tonight and you'll see what we mean. Booties and ankle-strap shoes have a way of making legs look short, while scoop-front pumps and sandals lengthen.
Get yourself a wrap dress.
It's one dress everyone looks great in. They're usually constructed with darts at the bust, curve-enhancing seams and cinch in at or just above the waist-all sveltering features.
Slip on a long, chunky necklace.
Not only are these statement necklaces totally trendy, but the elongated U shape will make your torso seem extra long and lean. Make yours stand out even more by wearing over a light-color top.
Look for interesting necklines.
Wearing solid colors — especially dark, flirty hues — is figure flattery 101, but those with Ph.D.'s in style know that all you need to take a simple LBD or blue dress into "wow" territory is a fancy neckline. A drape-y deep-V cut slims the waist even more, while an embellished collar will keep all eyes on your come-hither smile.
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