Dress to Look 10 Pounds Thinner

How to Look Thinner Without Dieting or Exercise

Dressing to look 10 pounds thinner is easy if you know just a few fashion tricks. Here are eight easy ways to look slimmer without dieting or exercise.

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Clothing That Fits Well

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Wearing clothing that fits well makes any woman look thinner. Oversized clothing results in an oversized look, and too-tight clothing makes a woman look bigger too. Although it's tempting to try to hide in a long, bulky sweater or to squeeze into skinny jeans, neither of these strategies works when you're trying to look thinner.

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A V-Neckline

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Another way to look thinner is to wear a garment with a flattering V-neckline. V-necklines create a nice vertical line and a leaner, longer look.

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Tailored Jackets

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Many women fear that a jacket will add pounds, but the opposite is true if you wear the right jacket. To look thinner, select a shapely, single-breasted, tailored jacket with princess seaming, and avoid long jackets.

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Dark-Wash Jeans

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To look thinner in jeans, go for the dark wash denim, plain pockets, and no frills. Straight legs or a slight bootcut are best if you want to look thinner. Although skinny jeans are trendy, the style requires that they be very tight, and any garment that's too tight won't make its wearer look thinner.

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Skirt to the Knees

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Create a longer leg line by wearing skirts around knee length. Skirts that fall just above, at, or just below the knee work best. Avoid mini-skirts and skirt that fall to the calves or ankles. Shapewise, either an A-line or a straight skirt will do the trick, but avoid full skirts, which add pounds.

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Pointed Toe High Heels

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A long leg line creates the leanest, longest look, so for maximum slimming power, wear sleek, undecorated, high heels with pointed toes. The heel doesn't need to be extra-high. Even a heel height of a couple of inches will help a woman look thinner. Heels that are extremely high may make a woman look off-balance or out-of-proportion, so it works best to wear heels no higher than four inches.

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Vertical Lines

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When a woman looks taller, she also looks thinner, so wearing vertical lines — they don't have to be stripes — helps to create a leaner, longer appearance.

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Go Monochrome

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Look thinner by dressing all in one color from your top to your shoes. Don’t forget to match your tights or stockings to your outfit, too. Dark colors slim, so try black, navy, charcoal, burgundy, deep green, or purple.