The secrets to dressing right: Look slimmer without losing weight.
by Antara BoseMaintain your posture and stand tall.
While we won't discourage you from workouts, we understand that it's not always easy to maintain those perfect statistics all year round. Besides, even the best of us have those little battles with stubborn cellulite that simply won't go. Simply master these tricks to look slimmer and you won't be tugging at your dress uncomfortably again. 1 Go for vertical and diagonal stripes Whether skirts, long pants or dresses, vertical stripes give the illusion of longer legs and slimmer features. You can also experiment with wrap around dresses with diagonal stripes down the waist. 2 Balance fitted and flowy
Let me guess, someone told you that if you're a little rounder than what you'd like to be, the best way to conceal the bulges are to cover it with loose-fitted clothes. The truth is, top-to-toe in loose, sloppy clothes will only make you look bulkier. If you're wearing a flowy skirt wear a fitted shirt and if you want to sport a comfortable, airy top, team it with a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. 3 Deflect attention Accessories are a great way to do just that. Long earrings and big statement necklaces draw attention to the face and neck while wearing chunky bracelets and stacks of bangles shifts the focus from heavier arms to wrists (which are obviously more slender). 4 Sport a scoop or v-neck Collarbones are attractive; it's as simple as that! Show them off by wearing low cut or scoop-necked tops. It makes your neck and upper body look more slender. 5 Try high-waists Tired of fighting that lower belly? Hide it under a high-waist pant or a pencil skirt. Just ensure you pick the right fabric and not something too stretchy. 6 Don't shy away from shape-wear There really is nothing wrong with it. And oh, reality check -- celebs wear it too; because it isn't possible to always get the perfect silhouette in every dress! Shape-wears help to hide annoying bulges and enhance those curves. 7 Layer with darker colours It's a strange trick but seems to work well enough. Pair your sheer tops with dark (preferably even black) strap or tank tops. 8 Go for a size larger If you're confused between two dress sizes, opt for the larger one. You can always pin it, add a belt or even tailor it to fit later. But wearing a dress that hugs you at all the wrong places won't make you look any slimmer. 9 Slip on a long cardigan or coat Not the ones that end at your waist or higher, however. Go for the ones that extend below -- to your knees, ankles or are even floor-sweeping. Make sure it's lightweight and leave it open from the front. 10 Opt for deeper colours This is an evergreen advice. But it also means you don't have to stick to black only. Dark blues, greens, reds, purples and maybe even an orange in a darker colour can work just as well. 11 Stand tall Last but not least, maintain your posture and stand tall. Antara Bose is a model turned fashion and beauty consultant. A popular blogger, anchor, and voice over artist, she maintains a deep connection with the local fashion, wellness and health industry. For fashion updates follow Antara on instagram @antarabose and on Facebook: Antara Bose.
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