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6 Easy Ways to Look More Slim

Updated on March 31, 2009

If you've ever seen Gok Wan's program "How to Look Good Naked" you need to watch it -- immediately. And not the US version, either; there is no substitute for Gok Wan, sorry. Of course, this article isn't actually about how to look good whilst naked, it's about how to look slimmer while clothed, but one of Gok Wan's most frequent bits of advice comes into play here, and is why I've mentioned him. Seriously, ladies (and men) get your hands on his show and study it!! Right, public service announcement concluded -- on to the tips for looking slim.

How to Dress Slim!

1. Wear clothes that fit you.

I see you smirking and rolling your eyes, but that doesn't change the fact that most women who are a bit overweight will wear clothing that is a bit (or more) larger than it should be. If you are a size 10 and wearing size 14 pants, this is going to make your booty look 4 sizes bigger than it is. We do this because we don't like the size our booty really is, and we don't want people staring at it and thinking, "Oh... that booty looks to be a size 10...." But please know that your size 10 booty looks much, much better than the size 14 you've turned it into. This doesn't mean you should wear skin-tight pants; it just means you should wear a pair that really do fit.

2. Wear black.

Black definitely has a slimming effect, and it looks good on everyone. Black shirts and jackets can do wonders, but you might want to think twice about black jeans, as they tend to go gray rather quickly. Navy and other dark colors will have effects similar to black, so if you really love dark chocolate, go ahead and wear it. Just be sure to stay away from white, yellow and other bright pale colors which will draw lots of attention to the bits you'd rather have go unnoticed.

3. Wear heels and long pants.

If you've got biggish thighs or shortish legs, this is a very, very easy fix. Go get you a pair of heels (platforms, whatever) and pair of pants or jeans that will almost touch the ground when the shoes are on. This will lengthen your legs considerably, and create an overall slimming effect on them, which will draw attention away from your thighs.

4. Wear a belt.

Wearing a belt at the hips can give you a bit more curve to the waist when done properly. This is especially true if you're wearing a shirt that covers the belt. Whether you prefer wide or slim belts, there is a belt style for everyone, and you should always wear one with wearing jeans; they're very good at hiding that belly pooch you keep trying to suck in!

5. Mind your cleavage.

If you've got small breasts, your cleavage isn't going to make you look fat. But, if you've got large breasts, certain types of bras (balconettes, for example) can really make even the slimmest of girls look quite pudgy. Mind the bra style you choose, and the shirt style, as well. Wearing a low-cut blouse might actually make you look 20 pounds heavier than a boatneck would. Seriously. Try it, and you'll see what I'm talking about!

6. Avoid prints or stripes.

Solid colors are really where it's at when you want to look slim. Wearing a Hawaiian shirt with palm trees all over it is going to draw people's attention all over your body and will make you look quite a lot wider than a solid colored shirt would. Same goes for stripes; we all know that horizontal stripes should be avoided, but vertical stripes don't really do any favors, either.


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      9 years ago

      I myself have that experience of wearing super large tee shirt to cover my body thinking that it is huge. But never do i realise that by coverng it up i look even more huge! Duh anyway i have given away most of the tops which i bot to cover up my bulge to others and stick to wearing short dress, wedges shoes so i look taller and that i have long legs.

    • JPSO138 profile image


      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I am sure that many will find these tips useful.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      A BELT ! Are you mad! I used to wear a belt when I was so skinny that at 5'8" I could wear a child's belt but those days are over, I don't care what anybody says! No offence,Issabella. If I wear a belt all cinched around my waist, I won't have room for all the cookies!

    • sarahonweb profile image


      9 years ago

      Thxs for sharing such a nice info... really this will work & m going to follow this..

      no doubt i'll look slimmer

    • Ivorwen profile image


      9 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Love these tips.  Figuring out how to wear a belt has been a bit of a challenge for me, with these lower cut jeans, however, I am so glad that longer lengths are available!  Remember when pants barely touched the ankle, and small, high pockets were supposed to make your but look smaller? Ha ha! Yah Right.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Isabella "Wear clothes that really fit" is what I've been preaching for soooooooo many years that I'm probably even saying it in my sleep.

      Great hub again

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Lena M. profile image

      Lena M. 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      I like number one. I hate it when people wear clothes that are too tight. Especially when those too tight clothes happen to be transulcent spandex tops in which I can see their belly button through it, haha...

    • Whitney05 profile image


      9 years ago from Georgia

      "Wear clothes that fit you." This is even a good tip for females on the skinnier side. I see a lot of females wearing clothes one or two sizes too tight, and they look worse than really are. My cousin does this, but I think it's to make her feel like her boobs look bigger because her tops are tighter making them more pronounced, but to me, it just accents that they are smaller. (She is skinny-ish, and I'm the same way, but I'd rather wear clothes that fit.)

    • Hally Z. profile image

      Hally Z. 

      9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Good tips here. It's amazing how many people wear clothes that are way too big for them.

    • MissJamieD profile image


      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Thanks for sharing this. I knew most of these tips, but wasn't really sure about wearing clothes that truly fit me. I'm always scared "things" will show that I do not want to show:) Good hub!


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