I feel qualified to write this post because my goal has been dressing to look more slender all of my adult life. Today I am sharing with you one of the items I intend to take on my next vacation and a recent look that helped me look taller and more slender.
Tank dresses in forgiving fabrics that skim the body are the most comfortable option for getting dressed in hot weather. When I went to Florida, last month the weather was much cooler. A long straight tank dress with a simple scoop or V-neckline could be worn with jewelry, a low slung belt, scarves, or with a short jacket or cardigan over it to go out in the evening. I don’t often wear dresses because they would need to be much too short to be the right proportion for my body (mid-thigh).
Sundresses with gathers, darts, or details in prints would never work for me because they would add too much volume. A sleek, long tank dress with a side slit can be worn in various ways, and they add no bulk to the body. The black version could also be worn as a coverup over my black bathing suit.
Always keep in mind that light colors advance and dark colors recede. I use this tip in applying eyeshadow too. I would never put a lighter color shadow on the crease line or above it since that would make the area look puffy, so my eyes would look smaller.
Sandals, the skin color with at least a little block or low wedge heel (not flat) look best and are more supportive. Wearing dark shoes with a knee-length dress and no hose could be the worst look ever for me. Clothing, which is sleek and more fitted than you might think you can wear, helps us appear more slender. Proportion and proper fit make a tremendous difference in how I look. The extra fabric in oversized clothing always makes me look larger than I am. Remember, Extra Fabric equals Extra Girth. When I wear an oversized shirt or one of my favorite loose-fitting tunics, I pair it with slim-fitting lightweight pants. When possible, I turn up the collars and roll up the sleeves to a three-quarter length. Showing skin at the neckline, the forearms, and the ankles with lighter color shoes always make me look taller and more slender. Wearing dark colors on the top half (the most substantial part of my body) makes that area appear smaller.
Wearing one dark color from head to toe is my favorite slimming tip, but that can look rather plain if all the pieces are made of a similar fabric. Varying the textures makes the overall look much more interesting and elegant. For example, I wore these separate pieces, all in black, to the symphony performance on Saturday night. The Antonio Melani jacket has a texture and appears to be leather, but it isn’t. I had my eye on it for months before finally buying it at the end of the season sale from Dillard’s last year. The tank and the pants are from the Travelers collection at Chico’s, but they are more than ten years old. The necklace is by French Kande. I added a belt to define the waistline and boots with a higher heel since I wasn’t going to be walking or standing a lot. High heels have always made me feel tall and slender, but I don’t wear them during the day anymore.
The bag is old. I have enjoyed this bag because it looks equally good with jeans or a more dressed up look.
Since today is Valentine’s Day, I share a picture of my handsome Valentine dressed to look tall and slim and ready to enjoy the symphony performance. Cheers!