Many of the women I work with have two primary concerns when choosing clothing:
There are several ways to hide troubled areas with your clothing, and it’s actually easier than you might think. We’ll take a look at four different ways to use your clothing to your advantage and help you appear slimmer in your daily attire.
There are several ways to hide those trouble areas, but my favorite is ruching your clothing (this is where the fabric is sewn and gathered). Just be sure it is subtle, as too much will have the opposite effect and add visual weight. Ruching is universally flattering for everyone and can be easily found in many styles and sizes. Whether it’s to one side, over the torso, running the length of the body, or up a sleeve, it not only adds interest and femininity to a garment, it’s pure magic when it comes to hiding trouble spots.
My second favorite trick to looking thinner in seconds is to show off your skinny bits! And yes ladies we all have skinny bits. Wearing or pushing up your sleeve to a ¾ length instantly takes pounds off and as a bonus makes you look taller!
Next, is to emphasize your waist. You can use the ruching method (as stated above) or simply ensure that you do not have too much excess fabric hanging around your waist. You can create a strong silhouette by wearing tailored-to-fit clothing that’s not too big or too tight, and you’ll be surprised at how it takes pounds off instantly. You’ll also look more polished and put together, which some days is the biggest benefit of all.
Lastly, avoid external patches, pockets, and large-scale prints. To create the best visual harmony, you should choose a print size by comparing them to your features. The smaller the scale you are, the smaller the scale of the patterns you should choose. Look at the size of your eyes, the apple of your cheeks, and the tip of your nose. Also, consider your bone structure and size. The more you reflect what’s naturally you, the more your clothing showcases you, not you showcasing the clothes.