15+ Ways to Dress Thinner


By: , – Linda Moran Evans, Family Circle
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Style expert and best-selling author Charla Krupp shares easy ways to look thinner, taller, and sexier.

Trim Your Top Half

Visually pare arms and chest with these upside tips:
  • Live in V-necks -- camis, tees, cardigans, anything and everything. The downward diamond shape elongates you. Just be sure to stop short of major cleavage; it looks tacky at any size.
  • Wear a minimizer bra. Seek out styles that dip low in front to go with your V-necks. (If you've never been professionally fitted, do it ASAP at your local department store.)
  • To cover less-than-toned arms, pick three-quarter-length sleeves. Check that the body of the shirt or sweater is tapered -- you don't want an allover blousy effect.  
Manage Your Middle

To slim your tummy, Charla suggests a one-two punch: compression and diversion.
  • Buy a pair of high-waisted, supercontrolling shaper shorts, such as Spanx Hide and Sleek Hi-Rise panty.
  • Go for jackets with feminine details to draw the eye upward. The best silhouette is fitted at the shoulders and bust and hits at the top of the hip.
  • Opt for monochromatic dresses. Styles like a simple sheath or an A-line with no natural break in the center can whittle your waist. 
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    Thanks! - 4/15/2017   6:41:38 AM
  • 24
    You know what I need is an article that tells me how to make my clothes that are too big look a little better (aside from JUST putting a belt around a too big shirt or dress) and not an article that is actually how to hide your body. Dislike. - 4/14/2012   3:30:35 PM
  • STREO2004
    Thanks!! - 4/11/2012   11:46:45 PM
  • 22
    My mother's worked in the fashion industry for 30+ years and I once upon a time entertained a career in fashion. So I love fashion and know a lot about it. I totally disagree with the point in the article that says "Styles like a simple sheath or an A-line with no natural break in the center can whittle your waist". This is actually not true. I don't disagree that A lines are figure flattering but for those of with less than perfect figures, having a DEFINED WAIST helps with making us look slimmer. Therefore, any clothing that helps with the illusion of a waist is a good thing. - 4/11/2012   10:03:37 PM
  • 21
    I am a clothes horse. Love clothes. When I was a 4X ,5X I didn't get to style much, lost interest. No matter what I put on I was obese and there was no getting around that. But now 200 lbs less I am in 8,10's , often blog about fashion buying on a budget. I just went shopping today one of my thrift stores and bought some beautiful pieces ,5 tops, 2 pants, . all for $25.00.
    I keep in mind the V-neck to elongate the face, some sleeves to hide the extra under the arms, no low waisted unless you are very young and very thin. You can do a lot with colors and the cut of the piece. You do have to try on, what looks good on the hanger, might not look that way on you. Don't be hung up on size, different manufactures size different. If it fits and looks good buy it. - 4/11/2012   7:57:08 PM
  • 20
    This probably should have included "female" or "women" in the title. Not sure how much of it applies to men. - 4/11/2012   5:24:59 PM
  • LQUEST4754
    It DOES help to wear clothing that is not too baggy and not too tight. Evidently the author didn't think there were any big bottomed folks here either, lol! Long live the pear shape! - 4/11/2012   3:50:33 PM
  • TW0569
    What a load of crap. It would be nice to "manage my middle" without having to wear a blazer or a-line dress. Some of us who don't work in an office would look out of place dressed up like that on a daily basis. - 4/11/2012   2:54:55 PM
  • 17
    I'm sorry, but showing skinny people to tell heavy people how to dress is not helpful. I'd like to see a 5' tall model who wears a DDD or even a G show how to make your top look smaller. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!! Know your readers. The average size is 14 not in single digits. I'd also like to see designers follow fashion rules about things like belts and fabric patterns when they design things for larger sizes. - 4/11/2012   2:24:03 PM
  • 16
    I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of person. When I do try to dress up, I just feel uncomfortable. I'm a stay at home mom, so there's really no need for me to try and go get professionally fitted for anything. My grocery store buddies don't care what I look like seeing as I go around 11:00 at night. I do like the tips on the v neck and camis though. I'll have to try that next time date night rolls around. Thanks. - 4/11/2012   2:11:25 PM
  • 15
    I like the outfit above. It would have been great to see different outfits for different body types: triangle, box and circle/unpside down triangle. - 4/11/2012   11:08:36 AM
  • 14
    Great tips. I have a hard time wearing anything but baggy tees and jeans. I just dont know what to get. This helps. - 4/11/2012   8:16:05 AM
  • 13
    yeah...I am still lost...major makeover needed for me, I guess. - 4/10/2012   10:33:02 PM
  • 12
    Odd article for here--especially advocating compression clothing--not good for digestion or circulation, unless there's a medical reason for it.
    But then, it's from Family Circle, not either a health or fashion source I rely on! I guess it helps pay the bills. - 4/10/2012   7:32:03 PM
  • 11
    Good Article! - 4/10/2012   4:01:09 PM
  • 10
    Hmmm. Not the kind of article I come to the dailySpark for. If I wanted paranoid, judgmental ('tacky in any size') tips on how to focus on the superficial benefits of my weightloss, I'd buy any given women's magazine. If I want to look my best, I start with feeling my best, not the other way around. - 4/10/2012   11:58:25 AM
  • 9
    I just recently "discovered" Jockey Person-to-Person (P2P) clothing! I love the fabrics and they breathe and move with you. They are a bit pricey but so well worth it!! Many of their pieces are "convertible" which means you can wear the item different ways. The clothes are sold by private consultants who do parties in the home or catalog orders. Don't be fooled by the name Jockey - it's not underwear but clothing...same company just different items! :) I LOVE their stuff! - 4/10/2012   10:48:40 AM
  • 8
    The only one that doesn't work for me is the one about the bum. I guess because I have a classic bubble butt, the higher waist lines & bigger pockets just make my tush look bigger. Not that I like hip hugging things either (crack kills), but it's a matter of how something is cut & looks.

    Another thing I found that majorly lengthens my legs is to wear pants that are just a tiny bit too long & then wear heels so they don't drag (also, solid colors work best for this). It always makes me look & feel slimmer & taller. :) - 4/10/2012   10:45:38 AM
  • 7
    when I watch What Not to Wear... I pick up alot of good pointers. Clothes can compliment or have a drastic affect on a person's appearance - 4/10/2012   9:59:55 AM
    ill fitting clothes aren't flattering to any figure, regardless of size. Someone who is a size 8 doesn't look good wearing a size 4 dress. Too tight is just as bad as too baggy. Wearing larger sizes doesn't hide the weight either.

    If I had the money, I would be wearing more tailored clothes. So, until I win Megabucks, I'm happy being a bum.

    BTW, I do like minimizer bras. they help keep the gals secure.

    - 4/10/2012   9:29:20 AM
  • 5
    I agree. Baggy clothes make a person look heavier. - 4/10/2012   8:33:13 AM
  • 4
    It would be great to work with a stylist to actually try different outfits and styles to see what looks best on my body type. I am a jeans and T-shirt person. - 4/10/2012   8:18:52 AM
  • 3
    also advoid clothes that are too tight those tend to make you look heavier then you are - 4/10/2012   7:50:29 AM
  • 2
    I tend to wear dark colored pants and brighter tops and jackets. I agree that baggy clothes don't look good on any body shape. - 4/10/2012   7:50:26 AM
    Avoid baggy clothes. Period. The LAST thing you need is extra material on your body. Plus, it looks sloppy. - 4/10/2012   6:05:46 AM

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