Want to look long, lean and lovely in an instant? We’ve got you covered. As compiled from InStyle, here are nine quick and easy ways to give your body a visual makeover. We promise you won’t regret it!
1. Show some skin on top
Wearing a V-neckline helps. The open, upside-down triangle creates a high focal point up and away from your midsection, giving the illusion of a longer, slimmer upper body. The more skin displayed between the chin and chest (without going overboard, of course) the more elegant your proportions will seem.
2. Wear skinny heels with pointy toes
Legs look slim paired with a shoe that has a tapered toe and at least a 2-inch stiletto below. Together, these work to extend the narrow silhouette of calves. Square-toe styles and chunky heels, on the other hand, give the appearance of shorter, bulky legs.
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3. Invest in the right underwear
We couldn’t stress the importance of this one more. Not only is wearing the correct size of undergarments necessary to avoid bulges here and there, it is also imperative from a medical point of view. Also, while you’re at it, invest in ‘shape wear’ which provide tummy control and helps give your front and back a lift.
4. Wear jewellery strategically
Long necklaces add length to short necks and bring attention to the front and center of your body. Mid-chest bibs or big chandeliers say look at the face and not the middle. Sparkly cuffs, stacks of bangles, and cocktail rings draw the eye to wrists instead of upper arms.
5. Pick simple denim
The most flattering styles are dark and simple jeans without unembellished pockets or any other details. These extra additions catch the eye and give the illusion of bulk. Also, the leanest silhouettes of all are boot cut and straight leg.
6. Sport a jacket over jeans
Now, it may be too hot to do so right now but in winters, why not play up your outfits with a cute blazer? The crisp straight lines and narrow lapels of a blazer counteract excess curves. An open jacket is extra-slimming worn over V-neck tanks and dark-wash jeans.
7. Choose the right fabrics
Remember: Flat materials like cotton, denim, silk, or wool gabardine don’t add volume to your body. Other fabrics that help slim and shape include jersey, cashmere, and anything with a touch of spandex. Corduroy, crushed velvet, metallic, leather, suede, brocade, taffeta, satin and flannel do the opposite.
8. Stick with one shade
Tops and bottoms of the same colour create an uninterrupted vertical line, making one look thinner and taller. Stark contrasts between the upper and lower body draw eyes to your middle area.
9. Wear hair off your face
Pull your hair into a ponytail high on the back of your head and then lightly tease at the crown to bring out your bone structure and make your face look thinner. Trust us, this works!
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