Wardrobe secrets that make you look 10 pounds thinner

Oct 14, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. ET

Don’t wait until you lose those last few pounds to feel fantastic about the way you look. With just a few wardrobe updates, you can look 10 pounds thinner today!

Woman with new pair of jeans


Leave the cracks to the plumbers

No matter what’s in fashion, there’s no excuse for wearing low waist pants or jeans that reveal your tush crack or muffin top. (You don’t want to show it — nobody wants to see it.) Choose pants with mid rise or high rise waists, and you won’t have to worry about tugging at your shirt to cover your exposed midriff.


Choose dark pants

Choose pants in a dark shade to visually slim and trim your lower half. Trousers in black, navy and charcoal gray are all great choices. When shopping for jeans, always go for a dark wash and avoid styles with whiskering — those thin faded lines found on the creased front pocket area.


Wear clothes that fit

Wearing loose-fitting clothing does nothing for your figure. On the flip side, tight clothes aren’t doing you any favors either. Pretend Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear are in your bedroom sifting through your ill-fitting outfits. You know what they'd want you to do — toss the clothes that simply don’t fit. Since they're not really handling over the cash to buy a new wardrobe, consider finding a good tailor to alter your favorite pieces.


Think monochromatic

Snap a photo of yourself in a monochromatic outfit, then another in a multi-tone outfit. We’re pretty sure you’ll see immediately why monochromatic is so much more flattering. This goes for tops and pants as well as dresses. When wearing a single-color dress, use accessories to add visual interest.


Wear the right length pants

There’s nothing worse than wearing a pair of pants that are simply too short. This fashion faux pas actually adds 10 pounds to your appearance! Shop for pants and jeans in a length that skims the tops of your shoes. When in doubt, buy long and have pants tailored.


Flat front fashion

If washboard abs are but a dream, skip bulky pockets, buckles and zippers that add chunkiness to your mid-section. Skip the pockets and pleats and go for flat front pants that create a long line.


Slip into shapewear

If you haven’t tried shapewear lately, you’re in for a treat. These slimming undergarments suck it all in without sacrificing your comfort. Yes, we know it’s better to look good than to feel good, darling, but in this case, you can do both! Try on several brands and styles to find the best choice that fits and flatters.


When it comes to fall fashion, accessorizing is half the fun! Watch this SheKnows Mommalogues video and find out which accessories you'll need this season.

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