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Ways to Dress Thinner

By: , – Linda Moran Evans, Family Circle
2/12/2013 6:00 AM   :  20 comments   :  21,713 Views

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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.

Downsize Hips and Thighs

Make over this region with Charla's below-the-belt fashion regimen.
  • Choose skirt styles that flatter, such as straight, pencil, and trumpet. Get extra "slim" points for finding fabrics with a Lycra blend that offer some support.
  • Look for wide- or straight-leg trousers and jeans with built-in panels to smooth bulges. Avoid pleats, pockets, and buckles whenever possible -- they're fattening!
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