12 Sneaky Fashion Tricks to Look 10 Pounds Thinner

Hint: The key is a cinched waist and lots of vertical lines.

Know Your Size


Squeezing into a smaller size will never flatter your body. Minimize bumps and bulges by buying clothes that fall perfectly. If you’re between sizes on a gorgeous piece, buy the looser one and have it tailored. This also goes for bras and undergarments. A woman’s bra size can fluctuate from year to year with changes in weight, muscle tone, pregnancy, and age, according to Bare Necessities. A well fitting bra won’t ride up in the back, look wrinkled in the cups, have straps that slip, or an underwire that digs. For a complete guide to sizing, see here. Don’t miss these 50 ways to lose weight without a lick of exercise!

Invest in Shapewear


Embrace a slimmer silhouette with properly fitting shapewear like Spanx. “You don’t have to wear something that will totally change your shape,” Milena Joy, an image consultant, told WebMD. Joy advises targeting trouble spots like the butt, thighs, and stomach. She also warns against sizing down in shapewear—doing so can cause bulges and dangerously compress your body’s organs. You can also try these one-second tricks to look instantly thinner in photos.

Watch Your Hemline


Jeans and trousers should hit at the ankle or an inch below. Dark colors with a slightly tapered leg and no pleating are the most flattering. Choose pencil skirts that hit mid-thigh, right above the knee, or right below the knee. Any shorter can make your legs look heavier (unless you’re petite), and any longer can make them appear stubby. Stay away from capris, long or baggy shorts, and shapeless calf-length skirts, advises StyleCaster. And follow these daily habits of naturally thin people.

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