By Judith Taylor
Oh no you don’t…
Words alone cannot take away our “fat” thoughts. We peer over last year’s vacation photos and weep. The cold weather allows us to cover up the pounds we gained over the holidays, but lingering thoughts…dare I say it, spring and summer are coming? Those words harbor dreadful images to all who know what that means.
So what does it bring? Soft breezes, warm weather, sleeves blouses and thin fabrics. Okay, no coats to hide in, no bulky sweaters to cover all, just you and me Babe, and the real world. What is a girl to do? My thoughts are with you.
I have spent the day looking over my magical box of thin tips. The ones I will share with just the two of us, are what I call the “thinnest of the thin” tips. The best-dressed women of the world have learned techniques to lengthen their body, hide their bulges and play up their best features. Try a couple of these and everyone will think you have dropped 10 pounds.
Go for the Monochromatic Look.
An instant slimmer is dressing in one color. You can have the look and vary the tone in the outfit. Keeping one color creates an optical illusion. You will add length to your body. Now, if you try to add another color you will lose the whole thing. It HAS to be all one color. Dark colors do it the best!
Look for Fit and Structure.
The biggest mistake here is in oversized clothing. FIT, FIT, is what you need to look trimmer. Many times we try to fool the world by wearing things that hang on our body. I am talking about baggy, too loose, shapeless, clothing. It does NOT fool anyone. Wearing fitted, proportioned, and tailored IS where it is at, Ladies!
No, honey, not TOO tight.
Keep in mind that I said fitted, not tight! Trying to fit into two sizes too small will only defeat your goal of looking thinner. Hear me, too tight will make you look larger than you are. No one wants to see bulges. Buy clothing that fits you well and not tight. Don’t worry about the tags, rip them out if you want. Try pullover tops if the buttons pull and don’t lay flat.
Highlight the Best of You.
Everyone has trouble spots. Downplay areas that are not your best. Hey, we all do it!
My session with clients often start with areas they are concerned about. Once they see the trick of camouflage they are happy campers.
Want to know a secret? Some of the people I dress don’t have a weight problem but still are not happy with their body. Feel better? Thought you might. Bottom line, everyone is critical of their body no matter the size.
Wearing a longer sleeve when you want to hide your upper arms is a standard trick. If you’re bigger at the top of your body, play up the legs. Solid color on top, print pattern at bottom. Select an A Line skirt. Choosing a straight leg pant will address this as well. You will only draw attention to your hips and tummy wearing a slim fit in a pant or jeans.
Look at Queen Latifah. She is showing off her legs and lengthening her body with skirts that are just above her knees.
If calves are bothering you, don’t wear cropped pants. Instead go for a long pant.
Whatever the trouble spots, try styles that skim over heavy areas rather than clinging to them.
Be careful where the Fabric Ends.
If you want to look thin, never wear clothing that ends at the widest part of your body. If you have a wider waist, your top should extend beyond your waist to avoid making your waist look thick. If you carry most of your weight in the lower part of your body and have a thinner upper body, an empire waist may look flattering on you. This trick accentuates the upper body while hiding a less than perfect lower half.
Jackets are a woman’s BEST friend. Selecting just the perfect shape and length will hide more than a few holiday pounds.
Girl, what is UNDER those clothes?
Last trick, and I have more should you need them at firstname.lastname@example.org, is choose your undergarments wisely. Spanx or Lipoinabox.com are miracle workers. They can take bulges and smooth them out! I can testify to their effectiveness. What a gift they give us.
Bra sizes have changed, have you? Every two years, have yourself measured and fitted. This makes such a difference in the way your clothing fits and hangs.
Great to hear from so many of you. I am here to help, and only an email away.
Editor’s Note: Judith Taylor, AICI, CIP may be reached by e-mailing her at Looknyrbst@aol.com. Her website is www.professionally-yours.com. She is a monthly contributor to The Wilson Post.