See that gorgeous lady with the perfect figure? Yes. That’s what I’m going for! But until I get there, there is no way under the big yellow sun I would wear white – or wear that outfit (ever), for that matter.
Or ever again, I should say. I AM 41 now, lol. 😛
White, or very light clothing, really accentuates heavier areas on your body – and cellulite / dimply areas. Darker colors have a slimming effect.
I’m not into fashion, by the way. I’ve always been a t-shirt & flip-flops kinda gal. I’m into comfort. Well, until more recently that is…
Fortunately, as a “professional blogger” that attire (plus lounge wear and PJ’s) works out just fine. -lol
UNfortunately, it’s very easy to get (or stay) “complacent” about your weight in comfort clothes. I have a great pair of comfy jeans for example that I can lose or gain 20 pounds in – either way – and they still fit. They aren’t flattering, but they’re my “old favorites”. I’m sure you have a pair like that and can relate, yes. 😉
As I was sitting here at my desk one day, wearing exactly that (my PJ’s & fuzzy socks), I was reviewing a website by one of my work peers (Martin) who owns The Shoe Shop in the UK.
And that’s when it happened. I totally fell in love with a pair or Ecco heels on his site! Of course, I don’t live in the UK (but if you do, check out this site!), so I had to order the shoes from 6pm.com – which ships to the USA. And so I did. They’re even better in person than they were on my screen. 😀 I totally love them!!
This is not the greatest picture, but they’re basically 4″ loafers. My idea of cool: “geeky sexy” lol.
Thus began the obvious chain of events…
I had to have something to wear with those awesome shoes. Then I found more awesome shoes, and needed more cool stuff to wear with them.
I started by going through my closet, because I do actually have clothes – besides PJ’s. 😛
I found this denim skirt I’d NEVER worn. It has a very high slit, but I found a great place to wear something that “showy” (I’m a conservative southern woman, haha): Vegas!
The skirt is high waisted and it was a tight fit – so there was ZERO room for “bloating” in that outfit. None!
I caught the bug of course, and next I ordered a pair of vintage red peep-toe heels I found on Etsy. These were super cheap and a rare find. I totally love them!!
They look fabulous with my green plaid pajama pants, don’t they? 😛 Work attire, I tell ya…
I also ordered a pair of Nine West “classy” 4″ Black Platform Peep-Toe Heels at 6pm.com. That site is SO addictive. You can get name brand (awesome) stuff for super cheap! They ship fast too. I highly recommend – with the very serious warning about the addiction factor. 😉
Classy black heels require a different outfit altogether – certainly nothing *I* owned, lol. So next I ordered a cute black pencil skirt with a zipper split, and a SWEET dress… one size smaller (as motivation for my next weight loss goal).
And guess what? I discovered something interesting…
It’s very hard to “cheat on your diet” in a pencil skirt.
Here’s the new dress I ordered (That’s the demo pic from 6pm.com). I’m happy to say: I’ll be wearing it in August! Watch for pics of ME in that dress, with my awesome Nine West heels of course. 😉
Heels make you look slimmer instantly, and make your calves/legs look longer/sexier too.
I also ordered a few new things from American Eagle (AE.com). I actually prefer to shop online. I don’t have to get out of my PJ’s (heh) and you can get some VERY good deals online. Returns are easy, but once you find your size on a site… it works out great!
I’ve shopped in American Eagle stores before, so I know my size there, and everything at 6pm.com is sized perfectly. Probably because they’re higher end clothes -but still at super cheap prices. (Reminder: Addictive!!)
On another note, my daughter and I were comparing our “guts” the other night (lol). She’s only 17 by the way, and hasn’t ever had a baby (like me, um, duh! ha), but she’s lost 30-40 pounds this year- and that’s the last to go on anyone it seems. We’re both working on it…
In closing, here are some tips on How To Dress Slimmer:
A little bit of “trickery” helps! Tip: SUCK IT IN. Just by standing taller, holding your shoulders back and sucking in your “gut”, you can look slimmer instantly by a good 10-15 pounds.
Seriously, carry yourself like you’re already at your ideal weight. Strut it, even! You’ll feel better, feel more confident AND look slimmer / thinner / better. People will be looking at you trying to figure out what’s different – your hair, did you lose weight, new outfit – and you can just glide along and smile on the inside. And on the outside too! Flashing a big smile goes a long way toward improving your appearance. 😉
Wear dark colors on your larger areas. Longer dark tops that cover to about mid-butt for example. Or if you’re larger from the waist down, dark skirts/pants and light tops.
Light colors make big look bigger, so use light colors to accentuate the better features of your unique figure.
The dress above is a great example if you have hips, butt & thighs like I do. The lighter color on the top of the dress pulls the eye up, and the “darker from the ribs down” style slims your curvier areas.
Wear heels. Even low heels/pumps make you look slimmer instantly.
And of course… wear clothes that FIT. It’s too easy to “binge” in your “fat pants”. 😛
This is the pencil skirt I referred to earlier from 6pm.com, and I think the sweater came from American Eagle. The boots also came from 6pm.com (GREAT deals, I’m telling you!!) and have a 3″ heel if I remember right (I haven’t worn them since it turned HOT here in TN):
The pictures aren’t the greatest. I’ll be traveling to two events in the next few weeks where I’ll have the chance to get out of my PJ work attire and actually “dress up” so I’ll make it a point to get some better pictures. 😉 And one in my NEW dress too! I’m so excited to fit into that one…
I’d love to hear your tips for dressing slimmer, or just for looking slimmer as you are. I think it’s important to get happy in your own body, with every inch and every pound of you, as they come and go.
Like I said earlier, carry yourself like you are already your ideal weight.
Wear clothes that actually fit you.
Try it for a whole week and just see how you feel!
It’s entirely too easy to become complacent in your “fat pants”. 😛 I’m saying that from personal experience of course. And don’t judge me – I know you own a pair too!
Which reminds me – when I’m traveling and hanging out with friends, and they say “oh you’re on vacation – splurge a little!” – I usually reply with “It looks delicious, and I would join you – but I didn’t pack my fat pants.”
That always gets a good laugh. 😉