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March 23, 2011

Thirteen Ways to Look Instantly Slimmer

Thursday Thirteen

I attended a craft show last week and sat in on several lectures. One of them was on fashion and styling, which didn’t really fit with crafts, but it was still interesting. Kate Elizabeth, the fashion stylist talked about ways to look slimmer and I thought I’d pass them on.

1. Wear non-shiny fabrics. Matt fabrics work best since they don’t scream “look at me!”

2. Wear clothing items with as many vertical elements as possible. They lengthen the body.

3. Wear dark colors over areas you want to disguise e.g. black trousers to cover a large butt.

4. Make sure your underwear fits perfectly since this is the foundation for your garments. Make sure the said underwear keeps everything in its place.

5. Large is not necessary best. Stick to medium size accessories and patterns.

6. Wear one color on the top and bottom e.g. black T-shirt with black trousers or jeans

7. Wear fabrics that drape rather cling.

8. Wear fine or medium weave fabrics rather than chunky ones.

9. Wear shoes with a medium to high heel to add height.

10. Wear prints that don’t have an obvious pattern i.e. abstract patterns

11. Wear garments with elbow length sleeves.

12. Wear clothes with some shape to them rather than going for a boxy look.

13. Wear eye-catching accessories to direct the eye away from problem areas.

What do you think? Do these solutions work for you?


  1. Heather

    Soem good, basic tips. Another point in favor of darker colors: they hide dirt better than light-colored clothes. :grin:

  2. Yvette Davis

    I agree with #10 but wish that the stores weren’t in this back to the 1960’s ugly pattern mode. It makes it hard to find something to wear!

    Today, I wore a navy shirt and black pants from Old Navy. It’s about the only place one can find “normal” looking clothes these days.

  3. Mercy

    Some really good tips that I didnt know about here. We always want to look slimmer :lol:

    Happy T13, great list!

  4. Shelley Munro

    Heather – that’s a good point! I tend to be a bit of a grub.

  5. Shelley Munro

    Yvette – I tend to go for plain colors and haven’t really checked out the patterns in store for this coming winter. I prefer subtle when it comes to patterns anyway.

  6. Shelley Munro

    Mercy, true. It never hurts to build up confidence :grin:

  7. Ron.

    Huh. And I always thought I looked OK in my skin-tight, shiny, rubberized wetsuit with the horizontal zebra stripes. NO, eh?

    Still, thanks for the help

  8. Janice Seagraves

    I wear mostly black, which my hubby swears isn’t a slimming color. He thinks it makes no difference between wearing white or black. My daughter rolls her eyes when he says things like that.

    It’s hard to find fitted clothes when your a large size. Most places only sell boxy looking tops.

    I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a circus tent, dammit!

    Fortunately I did find some fitted shirts that have elbow length sleeves. Didn’t know that was the thing to do, I just liked them.

  9. Maddy Barone

    Thanks for sharing these. I am going closthes buying for the first time in a while and I’ll keep these in mind.

  10. Brenda

    Oh, I need this post unfortunately. :blush:
    Thanks and happy TT!

  11. CountryDew

    It always comes back to basic black. Mainstay of my wardrobe for years.

  12. Adelle Laudan

    Some good tips here. I notice many talk about lengthening your body. I’m 6’2″ I don’t think I need to be doing this lol
    Fun list! Happy T13!

  13. colleen

    I wear vest to downplay that my bust is big for the rest of my size. I do wear and love some basic black.

  14. Holly

    I need all the help I can get right now, so I’m going to try all of these at once. ;) Great tips – thanks for sharing! Happy Thursday!

  15. Hazel

    With Kate Elizabeth on no. 4. And thank God for accessories!

  16. Janet

    Nothing will hide this fat LOL! Gym, here I come!

  17. Skylar Kade

    Awesome advice, and right in time for the RT Convention, too! I’ll definitely be borrowing this list next time I go shopping.

  18. Maria D.

    Well…the biggest one that is not listed is to obviously wear clothing that actually fits…I hate to see people who are wearing something that is clearly too small or sometimes even too large…clothing should be comfortable but it needs to actually fit….and clothing really needs to be tried on in front of a mirror before being purchased or if you do it online…make sure it can be sent back :grin:

  19. A. Catherine Noon

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

  20. Kaye Manro

    Another one to add is ‘Spanks’ a spandex leotard type under garment that slims from waist to upper thighs. LOL, neat word. Heard this along the way somewhere.

  21. Xakara

    Elbow length sleeves would be great if I could find them! I don’t like the term “problem areas” but I do have areas I’m more modest about and my arms definitely qualify. There needs to be more 3/4 sleeve tops! *grin*

    Happy TT,

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  22. Savannah Chase

    13 great tips…Sometimes no matter what nothing will help..LOL..Well unless you drop the weight…

  23. Shelley Munro

    Maddy – I have to admit that shopping for clothes isn’t my favorite chore. Those mirrors in the changing rooms are horrid for a start!!

  24. Shelley Munro

    Country Dew – a lot of people like black. I’ll wear black trousers but I tend to go more for charcoal gray and navy or color on the top. I love color and too much black makes me go yuck! It’s a personal thing.

    One thing for black though – it’s so easy to coordinate!!

  25. Shelley Munro

    LOL Adelle – I’d say you have more than enough length! I didn’t realize you were that tall. I’m 5′ 9″ while my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are tiny. I always feel like the elephant in the room.

  26. Alice Audrey

    Since I’m already doing most of these I can speak with authority when I say sometimes the fat is too much for such measures.

  27. Darla M Sands

    Great list and wonderful tips!

  28. Shelley Munro

    Maria – good point. Clothes that fit properly make all the difference to confidence.

  29. Jennifer Leeland

    I didn’t know about the elbow length shirts. Great list.