Ways To Look Thinner (Without Breaking a Sweat)

Raise your hand if you've tried a fad diet to meet unrealistic weight loss goals within an insanely short timeframe. We can safely assume that the majority of us are guilty – we've all done it. If you're in a pinch and juice cleanses or 6am boot camp just aren’t your thing, we have the next best solution. Learning how to dress your body type and make the most of your assets can save you the blood, sweat, tears, and wasted time…

 
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IMAGE: @WHOWHATWEAR


Go for a low-cut neckline...

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IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @NETAPORTER

Don’t be afraid to show some skin with a v-neckline. Particularly good for those of us who are pear shaped, it can help balance your figure and create even proportions (hello, hourglass shape). The chin to chest skin ratio with a deep-v creates the illusion of an elongated figure – lengthening and slimming your upper body. If you’re looking to keep your waistline looking trim or add some height through the torso region, opt for a medium to deep v.

 
 BEC & BRIDGE BODYSUIT

BEC & BRIDGE BODYSUIT

 BINNY DRESS

BINNY DRESS

 GINGER & SMART JACKET

GINGER & SMART JACKET

 

Add definition to your cheekbones...

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IMAGE: @NIKKI_MAKEUP

While it may seem like a fad make-up trend, stemmed from Kim Kardashian - contouring is actually a great way to slim your face and highlight your best facial features. Placing a foundation or powder one shade darker than your skin tone into the hollows of the face (below your cheekbones, temples, top of forehead, and sides of nose) can create the illusion of supermodel cheeks, a slimmed nose or sharper jawline.

 
 CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK SCULPTING CONTOUR

CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK SCULPTING CONTOUR

 MIRENESSE TRI-CONTOUR V FACE SCULPTING STICK

MIRENESSE TRI-CONTOUR V FACE SCULPTING STICK

 DESIGNER BRANDS CREAM CONTOUR KIT

DESIGNER BRANDS CREAM CONTOUR KIT

 

Skinny heels = skinny legs...

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IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @STYLETREAD

If you’re worried about your legs looking bigger – especially in the calves – then stilettos are the shoes to choose. A thinner heel will lengthen the leg and give the illusion of a longer lower half. Narrow silhouettes help avoid any bulk or extra weight around the feet - which naturally draws the eye down, and creates the effect of shorter legs. We recommend opting for a nude pump for a seamless blend between leg, heel, and floor. 

 
 SENSO HEELS

SENSO HEELS

 MOLLINI HEELS

MOLLINI HEELS

 SKIN FOOTWEAR PUMPS

SKIN FOOTWEAR PUMPS

 

Go for glow...

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IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @MATCHESFASHION

Bronze your skin with a self-tanner. Not only is it safer than a real tan, but it can add definition - making you look more toned. Contouring rules apply just as they do with make-up – tan your entire body and then add more on the areas where you want to detract attention, and highlight areas that you would like to emphasise.

 
 ECO TAN ORGANIC INVISIBLE TAN

ECO TAN ORGANIC INVISIBLE TAN

 MINETAN SELF TAN FOAM

MINETAN SELF TAN FOAM

 FAKE BAKE AIRBRUSH INSTANT SELF TAN

FAKE BAKE AIRBRUSH INSTANT SELF TAN

 

Ditch ill-fitting denim...

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IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @ELLE_FERGUSON

If your goal is to look skinnier, then ditch your skinny jeans and choose a straight or bootcut fit. While different cuts suit different shapes, these two tend to be universally flattering. With the right fit, your legs will look longer and leaner, and your bum will look toned and lifted. If you're looking for the full slimming effect, we recommend a darker wash - after all, black is slimming.

 
 PAIGE JEANS FROM ORDER OF STYLE

PAIGE JEANS FROM ORDER OF STYLE

 LEVI’S JEANS

LEVI’S JEANS

 ACNE JEANS FROM NET-A-PORTER

ACNE JEANS FROM NET-A-PORTER

 

Sleek your hair back

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IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @BELLAHADID

Make like Bella Hadid and give yourself a facelift sans surgery. A sleek ponytail pulled back in line with your cheekbones will give those cheekbones and eyebrows a natural lift. Achieve the look with the help of a strong hold paste or hair spray – for extra shine (and true Bella style), finish with a hair oil for minimal flyaways. 

 
 ELEVEN STRONG HOLD STYLING PASTE

ELEVEN STRONG HOLD STYLING PASTE

 R+CO WALL ST STRONG HOLD GEL

R+CO WALL ST STRONG HOLD GEL

 EVO HELMUT EXTRA STRONG LACQUER

EVO HELMUT EXTRA STRONG LACQUER

 

It’s all in the waist

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IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @MATCHESFASHION

For those with bigger busts, wearing dresses and tops that aren’t fitted can sometimes result in an ill-flattering and frumpy silhouette. Adding a belt around the waist can cinch everything in, and show off your best attribute - killer curves. Even if you don’t have a bigger bust, belting at the waist can help give you shape with oversized clothing like blazers, coats and shift dresses.

 
 TRELISE COOPER BELT

TRELISE COOPER BELT

 GINGER & SMART BELT

GINGER & SMART BELT

 TIGERLILY BELT

TIGERLILY BELT

 

Invest in good shapewear

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IMAGE: INSTAGRAM @LOVEINTIMO

So, it may not be sexy, but good shapewear will keep all those lumps and bumps in check. The right undergarments can slim, sculpt or even add curve to your figure (after all, it is called shapewear for a reason). Even better, some shapewear is designed to help improve your posture – so for those who sit slumped over at a desk all day or might have back problems from having a bigger bust, this may be something you need to invest in.

 
 ALLURE MIDRIFF BRIEF

ALLURE MIDRIFF BRIEF

 WOLFORD BODYSUIT FROM NET-A-PORTER

WOLFORD BODYSUIT FROM NET-A-PORTER

 SPANX BODYSUIT FROM NET-A-PORTER

SPANX BODYSUIT FROM NET-A-PORTER

 

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