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Secrets of dressing slim

If you look in the mirror and think you could stand to lose a few (and really, who doesn’t?), think again. Those pesky flaws can be disguised and diminished. Those beautiful body highlights, on the other hand, can be played up with a few secrets to dressing slim.

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1Color me slim

A monochromatic color scheme, or a series of shades and tints of a single color, is the perfect way to disguise trouble areas and bring light to your best features. If you choose black as your monochromatic color inspiration, charcoals, light greys, whites and heathers will help you create a sleek, skinny, monochromatic look. The old saying is true — dark colors are slimming. Take the darkest color in your color scheme to your most unflattering areas. Draw focus to your lovely parts with lighter shades.

2Accessorize your best features

Whether it’s some excellent cleavage or a tiny waist, accessorizing your best feature draws focus away from your worst. The belted-waist look, popular in recent years, is a fantastic way to draw attention to the waist area. It doesn’t just have to be a belt, either. A simple sash, scarf or ribbon has the same effect. A colorful, ornate necklace brings focus to the chest. If your best asset is your legs, sport some killer knee-high boots, patterned stockings or leggings.

3Choose undergarments that fit

Choosing great-fitting bras, panties and shapewear is a must for creating any slim look, especially if you plan to wear a form-fitting outfit. Thongs can dig into curves, leaving a distinguishable mark, even on the outside of clothing. A bra that’s too tight or too loose can bunch and bind, giving the appearance of “back fat.” Treat yourself to a proper bra fitting. Consider Spanx or other shapewear for those special occasions where your everyday panties just won’t do the trick. The idea is to form a smooth body line, free from bumps. Bumps mean bulk and bulk is far from slimming.

4Proper proportions

Picking proper proportions to fit your body will greatly enhance the perceived shape of your figure. Petite women aren’t doing themselves any favors by cutting off their frame with crops, capris and long shirts. Even tall women have a difficult time pulling off this look. Instead, go by the numbers. Leave one-third of your proportion up top, then cut off your figure with a skirt or pair of pants, leaving two-thirds lower torso and leg.

5Dress to skim

Clothes shouldn’t cling or bulk. Find a happy medium with clothing that “skims” the body, or glides along your curves to accentuate your best features and hide trouble areas. You won’t constantly be pulling and tugging on too-tight garments and you won’t be swimming in an unflattering pool of fabric either.

If skinny jeans aren’t flattering your curvier body, pick up a pair of bootcut or flared jeans instead. Choose a dark wash to help elongate and slim your legs.

More on finding the best look for you

How to dress for your body shape
How to choose the perfect dress for your body type
Secrets to dressing for your body type

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