“Please share tips for those of us carrying extra weight who want to look more slender.” “How can I dress to conceal my mid-life middle?” “I’m only 4′ 11″. Are there any tips I can use to look a little taller and more slender?” Today, I’ll attempt to answer more of your questions and show ways to wear colorful pieces with neutrals and a few of the styling tricks I use often.
Scoop or V necklines that show off the collarbones help us appear taller and slimmer. The same is true when you show your wristbones and, in warmer weather, the ankles. I tweaked the photo below to show the difference it can make.
Wearing a single dark neutral from head to toe is very slenderizing. Instead, add an open jacket or cardigan to provide color and break up the volume of your upper body.
Fit is a priority when you want to look more slender. Squeezing into a smaller size of jeans isn’t the answer. A size that skims your body without pulling at the hips or causing muffin-top will present a more slender-looking frame. Highwaist pants will always help you to look taller and more slender.
I’m wearing the same top, jeans, and boots with a different jacket in the same faux suede. Note how the lighter pastel color and sleeves that are too long make me appear heavier, shorter, and older. Lilac is not one of my flattering colors, and the boxy style is also not the best choice for my shape. These photos were all taken on the same day.
Consider where your tops end on your body. If they stop at the widest part, that’s where the eye goes. Tops that end at more narrow points will always be more flattering. Longer tops don’t always have the desired effect. Some hug under the tummy and draw more attention to wide hips. Look for tops that flow across the body without drawing attention to the parts we don’t want to feature.
Below, a red cardigan and a few accessories pull together an elevated casual look. The line of the top is shorter than the cardigan, which gives a more slender appearance. When both the cardigan and the top end simultaneously, the effect is not the same.
Fit, color, attitude, fabric, and proportion all create our most flattering looks. I hope the series for this week helped you see the possibilities in your wardrobe. (Scroll down below this post to see the previous two.)