We all want to look slimmer. We go out of our way to make sure that our attire creates the most flattering silhouette for our body types. However, many people make themselves actually look fatter than they really are (even us skinny minnies) by wearing clothing incorrectly, or the just plain wrong clothes for our bodies. Learn how to battle the bulge and look amazing by eliminating the fashion don’ts that make us look fatter than we really are.
It is a myth that if you squeeze into the tiniest jeans you can, you will appear smaller. I don’t care if you’re a size 2 or a size 16, if you’re jeans are too tight, you are going to appear fatter than you are. Wearing too-tight jeans creates that classic “muffin top” effect where your back fat spills out over your jeans. Think because you’re thin it won’t happen to you? I’m 85 pounds and if I squeeze into jeans that are too small, I spill out everywhere.
Rather than wear jeans too tight, wear jeans that are just your size, and in 100% cotton if you can to avoid clinging. You want your jeans to hug your body, not suck into your flesh and show off every dimple, crease, and bump. If you wear jeans in a cotton (rather than a stretch) you have a longer, more straight silhouette that is more true to your form and allows you to look slimmer.
Shirts should also not be too tight. Unless you have a 6-pack, wear shirts that have enough room to accommodate your belly. I am slim, and wearing skin-tight ts actually makes me look itty bitty on top and wider in the hips, so it has a negative effect on my frame. You want to wear a shirt that fits (going too baggy makes you look like you have a big belly) but is not too tight so you can’t see every roll. If you can make out your belly button through your shirt, it is too tight. If you are going to wear a tight shirt, go in layers, like a tight shirt with a stunning jacket buttoned in the middle to offset the silhouette.
If you have larger breasts, avoid tiny spaghetti straps, and avoid a stretch material that just pulls on your boobs, making them the main focal point on your body. Imagine a printed t that has cute designs on it, only to have them stretched out and distorted all over your breasts. Go for a flattering, roomy shirt for your ample bust line instead. Trust me, you could wear a potato sack and everyone would still know you have large breasts. You don’t need to wear your shirts like a second skin to show them off. Rather, wear a figure-flattering shirt with a nice scoop or v-neck that smooths over your bust instead, and pulls away from the belly.
If you’re smaller on top, the baggier the clothing, the tinier you appear. Wear shirts that don’t go down to your knees, and dress in layers to accomplish a fuller figure. Oddly enough, dressing in layers (such as a camisole, t-shirt, and button-down shirt or blazer) makes a top-heavy person appear smaller as well.
Avoid super-tiny jewelry. If you’re heavier, wearing that tiny necklace will only make your neck and chin appear more huge, drowning out your accessories. Go for a bolder, longer necklace to help balance out your frame. as for earrings, the smaller the better to balance you out more.
Always wear pants with pockets in the back. I don’t care if you have the world’s most luscious bum or the flattest pancake bum on Earth, pants with back pockets are always figure-flattering. Be careful of the TYPE of pockets, though. Tiny pockets will make your butt look weird. So will pockets too far apart. The common goal for pockets is a plain, large pocket that is centered on the butt of the jean, and for smaller bums go for a detailed pocket that hangs a little lower so it hugs the bum to give it more volume.
Belts are everybody’s best friend, but only loop a belt through your jeans if your jeans are loose or comfort-fitting. If you wear a belt on jeans that are already painted on, you’ll just pull on the material, creating bunching, jeans up your butt, and worse yet, “camel toe.”
Wear boy short underwear so you can lift your bum and manage an ample belly. This pantie wonder is great for all body types in comfort and support. Plus, you avoid pantie lines.
Make sure your bra fits. If your cups runneth over, you’ll just appear even larger. Even if you have amazing cleavage, you’ll just look like you have a butt on your chest.