All the way through high school, college, and a bit into married life I was one of those “skinny girls.” I was a healthy weight. I didn’t think about food or weight. I ate what I wanted and never gained a pound.
But then, seemingly all at once, it caught up with me. I’ve shared a bit about my weight struggles on my blog, but to summarize, it’s a battle I’m currently losing, and it’s one of the things I’m most self-conscious about.
My first reaction to my weightier self was to try and hide. I wore bigger, baggier clothes so that I could hopefully hide those extra pounds. But, sometimes those bigger, baggier clothes actually make the extra pounds stand out instead of hiding them. This outfit isn’t doing me any favors!
So, I wanted to share a few strategies that I have learned to help you visually slim down, even if the scale isn’t your friend lately.
1. Fitted, not frumpy.
Obviously, you need to use some common sense here. Extra tight clothes with extra pounds isn’t a good combo.
However, sometimes baggier clothes just make you appear bigger. In the photos below I’m wearing a looser pair of jeans on the right and a pair of skinny jeans on the left. I have to admit, I’ve always been scared of skinny jeans, and I only bought these because I needed them to wear with my boots. But, once I got them, I was pleased with them. This picture actually makes them look tighter than they really are.
(Note: The tall boots add a slimming effect as well, since they kind of break things up visually)
2. Add a heel
I’m not really a heel person, but adding a couple of inches to your height can have a slimming effect. If you keep your same weight, but add a couple of inches, *bam* you look thinner.
3. Narrow the Focal Point
Vision is a funny thing. If you add something to break up a “wider” picture–a long necklace, a belt, a jacket, an extra layer, etc. you can draw the eyes inward and create a slimming effect. You can see that effect in the pictures below. Yes, I’m still the same size, the but jacket draws the eyes in for a slightly slimmer focal point.
4. Wear layers.
I started wearing a tank top under many shirts back when I was nursing and it just made things easier. It became a habit at the time, but now I do it because it can have a slimming effect. Adding a longer tank top under your shirt can serve to break up the visual (as mentioned above), but it also visually elongates the torso. And again, same width, but it appears longer and therefore slimmer.
5. Cinch it up (add a belt)
Certain loose shirts hang and pouf just right to make you look 20 lbs heavier than you are. At the same time, sometimes when you’re overweight, your waist can tend to get lost. In either of these cases, a belt can help you out. It breaks up the picture to draw the eye toward a focus (the belt and not the extra pounds). It can also serve to give you the visual of having a waistline, even if you don’t really have one.
What are your best tips for minimizing those extra pounds?