How to make your waist look smaller

Even if you don’t have the waist of Scarlett O’Hara with a little bit of fashion ingenuity, you can make the waist you have look smaller.

The waistline is one of the more difficult areas to alter through exercise and diet.In fact, exercises targeting the waistline can actually increase its size if done incorrectly by building up the lateral muscles of the abdomen.

The best strategy to give your waist the appearance of being smaller than it actually is to dress correctly. Here’s how to make your waist look smaller

  1. Emphasize Your Shoulders.This is one of the quickest ways to give the illusion of a smaller waistline. Look for tops that have stronger shoulders with small shoulder pads to give added width in the shoulder region. Don’t overdo the shoulder pad concept if you don’t want to look like a football player. Use scarves and dramatic jewellery to draw the eyes upwards toward your shoulders and away from your waistline. These accessories will further define the shoulder area giving the illusion of an hour glass shape.
  2. Step 2 Wear A Slimming Garment.

    A body shaper worn under your clothing can help to slim the waist as well as give the appearance of a flatter tummy. The body shapers of today are much more comfortable than the girdles of the past.

  3. Step 3 Wear a Belt.

    Belts, especially darker shades, tend to draw the eye inward, giving the illusion of a smaller, more defined waist. Avoid wearing light or brightly colored belts which can magnify the problem of a large waist. Instead, choose belts that fit well in shades of black and dark brown.

  4. Step 4 Wear a Full Skirt.

    Another way to hide a thick waist is to wear a long straight jacket with a shorter skirt and heels. This fashionable look draws attention away from your thick waist and emphasizes well toned legs.

    A full skirt worn with a strong shouldered top and waist clinching belt can help to give the illusion of a small waist. The width of the skirt and the emphasis on the shoulders give the appearance of an hour glass figure.

Some other ways to look instantly slimmer include:

Stand up straight. If you improve your posture, not only do you decrease visibility of the rolls in your stomach, but you also gain confidence!! Pair that with a winning smile and you’re good to go.

Choose  colors carefully. Avoid bright colors and patterns; they instantly make you look bigger than you are! Dark colors make your heavy sections look small. Are you top heavy? That means switching to dark colored tops. Also, avoid horizontal stripes; these accentuate your girth! If you are bottom heavy, go for darker pants, skirts, or jeans to slim down your bottoms and legs. Finally, avoid “baggy” clothing, and wear stuff that fits you closely.

Wear your hair and makeup in a flattering way. People will be too distracted by your beautiful face to care about everything else.

Wear clothes that are the right size. If you’re a size 20, don’t try and squeeze into a size 16. It will make you look bigger if everything bulges out. But at the same time, don’t wear clothes that swamp you – really look at your body and wear clothes that fit properly.

Emphasize the smaller part of you and camouflage your problem areas. If your waist is relatively thinner than your hips, wear form-fitting shirts and skirts that flare out. If your middle is thick and your legs are normal sized, wear looser, tunic blouses with thin, straight-legged pants. DON’T wear loose tops with loose bottoms.

Buy clothes that fit you. Whether you are a size 8 or a size 48, if you wear the wrong size clothes, you’ll end up looking bigger than you are. Wearing clothes that are too tight leads to bulges and lumps, just as choosing clothes which are too large adds to your size and makes you look bigger. Try things on before you buy them!

Choose items which skim over areas you want to disguise. For instance, if you want to make your tummy look flatter, move away from skin tight vests, and choose a flattering tunic. Instead of choosing a mini skirt, hide chunky thighs under a floaty skirt. However if you go baggy, this will also make you look larger.

Highlight your good bits. If you have a beautiful slender neck, but a bit of weight on your waistline, draw attention to your neck with an eye catching necklace, or other accessories. If you have toned arms, wear a sleeveless top to make the most of your assets

Concentrate on using clothes to direct attention away from your stomach and toward your upper body and legs. Accessorize your neckline or choose tops with patterns or embroidery above the breasts.

Choose trousers that have a narrow or tapered leg. Flat front, side and back zips will complement your figure, while pockets, pleats and tight pants will only draw attention to your mid section. Leggings and stirrup pants are great, provided they are not too tight.

Select full skirts that do not gather at the waist. Straight or slim skirts will narrow the silhouette of your lower body, creating the illusion that your overall line is slimmer.

Wear tunic-style tops and sweaters; they’re flattering, yet spacious.

Select square shape jackets as they are roomy and cover the stomach.

Look for generous sheath dresses that create a column line from your shoulders to your lower leg. This style gives the illusion that your shape is more linear.

Avoid any clothing combination that defines your waist, including any belted or drawstring looks.


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