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How to Dress to Look Thinner:

Wear clothes that are the correct size.
Contrary to popular belief, wearing clothes that are a size too big or a size too small for your frame doesn’t always make you look slimmer. Bulky clothing is more likely to make you look bigger than you actually are, and sizing down tends to draw attention to problem areas like back fat, muffin tops, and cellulite, so always choose clothing that fits true to size.

Choose the right undergarments.
When it comes to finding clothes that make you look slimmer, your undergarments are just as, if not more important than your outfit. Tight bras draw attention to back fat, and tight panties can cause rolls, muffin tops, and cellulite to show through your clothes. Take the time to get fitted properly, and if you’re wearing an unforgiving fabric, don’t be afraid to ditch your underpants altogether. No one needs to know!

Avoid rounded shoes.
While they may look cute, rounded-toed shoes do nothing but make your legs look short and stumpy. Opt for pointed-toed shoes as they help elongate your legs and give the illusion that they are longer than they really are.

Invest in shape-wear.
If you want to know how to dress to look thinner, shape-wear is about to become your new best friend. Most women save shape-wear for special occasions, but there’s no reason it can’t become a daily staple. Shape-wear offers more support than your average undergarments, hides bulges and imperfections like cellulite, and gives an overall slimmer appearance. Control camis offer seamless coverage from your breasts to your waistline, corsets help cinch your waist and accentuate the curves of your hips, and control tights will slim your tummy, bum, and thighs. There are heaps of other body shapers to consider, but in my experience, these 3 will cover all your bases!

Dress in one color.
When you dress in 2 contracting colors and/or prints, the eye is naturally drawn to the area in which the 2 come together, which is typically your waistline. This can be a good thing if you have a natural hourglass figure, but if you want to elongate an already boxy frame, dressing in one color is a simple way to lengthen your body by creating one, sweeping look.

Wear clothing with vertical stripes.
It’s no secret that horizontal stripes can make us look wider, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid stripes completely. You just need to be a bit more strategic when wearing them. Remember that stripes tend to stand out, so if you’re trying to figure out how to dress to look thinner, opt for smaller, vertical stripes in dark colors and avoid dressing yourself in the same pattern from head-to-toe. While stripes can certainly be slimming, you want to accentuate your waistline. For example, a black top tucked into a pair of pin-striped pants can elongate your legs and make you look slimmer instantly.

Avoid pleated skirts and dresses.
While pleats can be sexy and feminine when worn correctly, the moment they start to part and open up, they immediately add bulk to your frame. There are certain things you can do to help avoid this, but many of these techniques have the potential to make your waist look thicker. So if you’re looking for clothes that make you look slimmer, my advice is to avoid pleats completely.

How to Make Yourself Look Skinny in Pictures:

The good news is that in addition to figuring out how to dress to look thinner, there are certain things you can do to make yourself look skinny in pictures no matter what you’re wearing, or how bloated you’re feeling.

Stick your chin up and out.
If you’ve ever wondered why every single girl you know sticks her head up and out when someone’s taking a photo of her, it’s because she’s trying to avoid the appearance of a double chin. Give it a try!

Stand at a 45 degree angle.
If want to look skinny in pictures, do your best to avoid being photographed head-on. Instead, turn slightly to the side, put one foot in front of the other so your front foot is pointing toward the camera, and then lean your body weight on your back foot.

Put your hand on your hip.
Another thing a lot of gals do in photos is put their hand on their hip. This ensures their arm isn’t smooshed against their body, which can make the upper arms look chunky.

Photograph from above.
If you want to know how to make yourself look skinny in pictures, another trick to use is to angle your camera slightly above your face to help elongate your neck and body.

Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth while smiling.
I know it sounds weird, but when you position your tongue so it’s touching the roof of your mouth – preferably the area just beyond your teeth – while smiling, it will help tighten the area underneath your chin, giving you a more defined and chiseled look.

Use fake tanner and/or bronzer.
In case you aren’t already in the know, a darker complexion can help your body look tighter and more toned, and can also help hide imperfections like cellulite. Of course, applying fake tanner is a job in and of itself and not everyone has the time or funds for regular upkeep, but it’s amazing what a little bronzer can do.

Stand (or sit) tall.
If you’ve ever needed a reason to stop slouching, this is it! Good posture has so many health benefits, with the added bonus of adding length to your frame!

Dress in darker colors.
While you don’t need to dress in black 24/7, opting for darker clothing can certainly make you look slimmer, especially in pictures.

Cross your legs at the ankles and not the knees.
Just as you don’t want your arms pressed against your body in pictures, you don’t want to smoosh your legs together either. Sitting on the edge of your seat and crossing your legs at the ankle will help make your legs look thinner and avoid the appearance of cellulite.

I hope this collection of tips to teach you how to dress to look thinner – and how to make yourself look skinny in pictures – helps you as much as it’s helped me! Be careful to choose clothes that are true to size,  and remember that self-confidence is the best outfit you can ever wear. Love your look and own it!

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