How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner


The next best thing to workouts and eating right? These figure-flattering style tips. Prepare for compliments!

Photo: Matthew Hise

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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.



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Photo: Matthew Hise

Remember the number one secret of slim dressing: proportion
Full, round shapes on top and bottom will make you look...full and round. So always accentuate your smallest part by pairing your more generously cut pieces with a snugger mate. Balance a full skirt with a fitted shirt, a flowy blouse with pencil-thin jeans, a miniskirt with a longer top.





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.






Choose shapely skirts
The tailored cut of a pencil skirt (we love that it's not skintight through the hips) makes all bodies look sleek. A-line ones work wonders on anyone whose thighs are a little heavier.






Slip on a long cardigan
Waist-length cardigans tend to shorten your body while long, hip-grazing versions make torsos seem long.







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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.





Photo: Mark Leibowitz

Use the right belt
Try one with a little nylon stretch that comfortably pulls you in. Wider belts instead of skinny ones will actually make you look smaller.






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.




Photo: Mark Leibowitz

Get yourself a shift dress
It's one dress everyone looks great in. They're usually constructed with darts at the bust, curve-enhancing seams and a shaped waist-all sveltering features.






Wear red!
In its deeper-hued incarnations, it absorbs light and therefore conceals just as well as darker (but not as exciting) colors. And because it is a color associated with power, your bold confidence in wearing it is ultimately the most figure-flattering trick of all.





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