Look Great at Any Weight

My closet used to be divided into three sections: clothes that fit when I was 20 pounds heavier; clothes that fit when I was  thin but miserable (from my “never-eat-anything-fun” phase); and clothes I could wear at that moment.

Unfortunately, the clothes that actually fit me were the fewest in number. I was tired of either squeezing into clothes that were too small (and feeling like a stuffed sausage) or swimming in big, unflattering clothes. I needed a wardrobe overhaul—I needed to look good right now.

Sound familiar? I bet it does. What women hasn't held on to her "skinny jeans," dreaming of the day she'd wear them again, only to realize that 10 years had passed and they were now hopelessly out of style. Even worse is the woman who holds on to her "fat clothes" because she doesn’t really believe that she will be able to maintain the weight loss she has worked so hard to attain. And so our closets are jammed with clothes that just don’t fit.

Even if you need to lose weight you still deserve to look your best today instead of waiting for the day that you reach your goal weight. Whether you need to lose 50 pounds or just a few, with the right fashion tricks you can look great at any weight.

The trick to looking your best is to recognize your attributes and then play them up to your advantage. Have great legs? Show them off with a flattering skirt and a great pair of heels. Accent an hourglass waist with an eye-catching belt, and nobody will notice that your arms need a bit of toning. It all boils down to drawing the eye away from your weaker areas and calling attention to the parts of your figure that you do feel good about.

Here are some more tips to help you look your best no matter what your size:
  • Clean out your closet. If you haven’t worn an item in a year (or more!), get rid of it. Sell gently used items to a local consignment shop for some extra cash, or donate them to charity. Don’t hold onto clothing hoping you will fit into it again someday. If you do lose weight, go out and buy yourself some new clothing—you deserve it.
  • Work with your natural body shape. Even though a piece of clothing is in style, it doesn’t mean that it will look good on you. For example, low-rise jeans aren't flattering on anyone with a bit of a belly, no matter how good they look on the store mannequin or sales clerk. If your bottom is a little heavy, stay away from details like buttons on your jean pockets—they only call attention to your largest part. Instead, balance your figure with a structured jacket with a strong shape.
  • Don’t over-accessorize. While one necklace is attractive, wearing it with bangles, earrings and a flashy belt is overkill. Pick one strong accessory for the most impact. The same goes with patterns—don’t combine a strong floral print on top with another equally strong pattern on your lower half. Pick the area of your body that you want to emphasize and play it up with an appropriate print.
  • Don’t cover up your body with clothes that are too big. When you're wearing a dress or top that looks like a tent, you're not fooling anyone about what's really underneath. Fitted clothes (not tight or oversized), usually look best. Find a shapely, figure-flattering style that skims over your less-than-ideal areas while playing up your attributes.
  • Buy clothes to fit your hips. This is especially important if you’re pear-shaped. If you're one of those women who has trouble finding the right fit in pants and skirts, get the size that fits your hips and thighs best, and then get the clothing taken in at the waist. Don’t squeeze into a too-small skirt just to have it fit around the waist.
  • Choose the right bra and panties. The right undergarments can make or break your appearance, while the wrong sizes and styles can cause bumps and lumps under your clothes. Select seam-free panties for a smooth look and make sure you are wearing the right sized bra (most women don’t). It’s worth a trip to a higher-end department store to be measured and fitted by a trained salesperson.
  • Think color. Head-to-toe black may be slimming, but it can also be severe. Instead, dress in the same shade of one color, such as blue jeans and a royal blue t-shirt, to create a long, lean silhouette.
  • Avoid pleated pants. The extra fabric in the pleats calls attention to your tummy, hips and thighs. Select a flat front style without extra details for a smoother look.
To look and feel your best, don't wait until you're a future size, weight or shape. You deserve to look good and feel great about yourself today! Pick clothes that flatter you, no matter what number is on the label. Make sure you take care of yourself by eating well and exercising regularly too. When you feel good about yourself, you take better care of yourself and the image your project to the world. And always remember that confidence is the best beauty secret of all, no matter what your size!
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Member Comments

Good to know. Report
I like cool and loose clothes; grew up in the age of mini skirts and hot pants, and I didn't wear them then, and I will not now. My body is my own: Not to Be Put on Display! Report
thanks for sharing Report
Great tips! Report
Great info, thanks! I don't keep a lot but it's time to purge. Report
Good article. Report
thank you Report
Great advice. Report
I started my diet & exercise plan on February 1,2016 & have lost about 45 pounds since then. I was size 12 before I gained weight for the first time since I was 19, I am 54 now. When I was 18 in high school I was size 10, a year after high school I was size 12 for 30 years. I got blood clots in both lungs 3 years ago & was on oxygen in the hospital for 3 weeks 7 could do no exercise & extreme pain to walk 2 blocks or even to the kitchen to cook. I am single & had no help, so I ate what was easy & unhealthy & gained 35 pounds. A year before that I gained 10 pounds. Now I am size 10, the same size I was when I was 18 in high school. I lost 11" from my waist & was up to size 16-18, my body fat went from 51% to 26%. So my problem was with my health not my weight related, I lost 30 pounds on my own with no help at all before I started Spark People. I can wear fitted bodycon dresses & skinny jeans that have a small amount of spandex in them both fit & look good on me. So I did need all new clothes & many wardrobes in the past 2 years with clothes from thrift stores as well as having all my clothes before I gained weight, size 12 & up. When I got size 10, I had no clothes in that size. I now have more blood clots in both lungs but did not end up on oxygen this time. I got rid of 10 large garbage bags of clothes along the way as my size went down & fitted into some of my smaller clothes. Report
I'm looking into that one slimming shade idea! Report
I can't get out of the habit off wearing big, oversized clothes. I think I'm hiding myself. Report
Make yourself (and your health) a priority in your life. Report
Gotta say, feeling good about looking good is always a great way to spend your day!
Very good Blog and I am going to work on my closet this week. Report


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Leanne Beattie
Leanne Beattie
A freelance writer, marketing consultant and life coach, Leanne often writes about health and nutrition. See all of Leanne's articles.