We all have our bad days when we look a bit more chubby than we actually are. And it gets even worse if we have an outing planned for the same day. Healthy eating and a workout routine can turnaround things, but what if you are running short on time and only have an hour to achieve the same? Seems impractical, right? But what if I tell you that with right styling techniques, you can pull off the impossible and can look slim instantly.
Here are the tried and tested styling hacks that can save your life on your tough days, and help you trim down those extra pounds in no time.
1. GO MONOCHROMATIC
A monochromatic look creates a long uninterrupted vertical silhouette and makes you appear leaner and taller. So while pairing your outfit, choose the pieces which have the same colour. Although black coloured pieces are the first choice when it comes to slim silhouettes, other dark colours like deep greys, blues, or greens are equally slimming. Matching colour of footwear to that of the bottoms also elongates the silhouette.
Shop The Look | Black Blazer + Black Sequined Top + Esprit Black Trousers (Image – Myntra) + Black Sandals
Shop The Look | Grey Top + Mango Grey Trousers (Image – Myntra) + White Boots + Silver Handbag
2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRINTS AND PATTERNS
Prints and patterns can make a lot of difference to your silhouette. While big floral prints, big polka dots, huge plaids, or broad horizontal stripes can add all those illusionary extra pounds to your body, sleek vertical stripes or very fine checks can make you look slimmer and taller.
Shop The Look | Mango White Red Striped A-Line Dress (Image – Myntra) + Blue Sandals
Shop The Look | Blue Striped Coat + Cream Striped Top + Mango Blue Striped Trousers (Image – Myntra) + Nude Flats
3. SAY NO TO BODY-HUGGING CLOTHES
Squeezing yourself in a smaller size will neither comfort nor complement your body. In fact, it will do the opposite either by making you gasping for air or by highlighting your fat rolls. So, completely avoid wearing body-hugging clothes and underthings and choose the ones that fit you perfectly.
4. AVOID CLOTHES THAT ADD VOLUME
Certain clothes only add volume to your overall appearance. Say ‘NO’ to knitted bulky sweaters, puffy jackets, tops and shirts with bell or flared sleeves, or baggy boyfriend jeans; they all add unnecessary volume to your silhouette and make you look more plumpy than you actually are. So, avoid them completely.
5. GET A HIGH-RISE JEANS
If your problem area is torso and belly region, then high-rise jeans are the perfect match for you. High-rise jeans give a mirage of a cinched waist and trick the eyes to give a taller and elongated frame. Keep your top or shirt tucked in to make the waistline visible.
Never opt for high-rise jeans if you have large buttocks.
Shop The Look | Navy Blue T-Shirt + Levi’s Blue High-Rise Jeans (Image – Myntra) + White Sneakers
Shop The Look | White Top + Tommy Hilfiger Blue High-Rise Jeans (Image – Myntra) + White Pumps
6. MAKE SURE YOUR LAYERING PIECES ARE OF RIGHT LENGTH
When done correctly, layering can make you look a lot slimmer. Go for jackets and blazers that are of medium length and end half the way along your hip-length. Avoid having the ones which are either long and baggy, or short and body-hugging.
Shop The Look | Marks & Spencer Black Formal Blazer (Image – Myntra) + Yellow Dress + Nude Pumps
Shop The Look | VERO MODA Black Solid Casual Blazer (Image – Myntra) + White Top + White Trousers + Nude Pumps
7. CINCH YOUR WAIST
To look leaner, cinch the flowy outfits around your waist with skinny belts. Be it a shift dress, a tunic, a loose blouse, or an open cardigan; wear a belt, and draw attention to your natural waistline. Wrap dresses are another good option that goes well with all body types.
Shop The Look | Dorothy Perkins Black Sheath Dress (Image – Myntra) + Brown Sling Bag + Nude Pumps + Earrings
Shop The Look | Dorothy Perkins Green A-Line Dress (Image – Myntra) + Black Sling Bag + Black Sandals + Earrings
8. CHOOSE THE RIGHT NECKLINE
Sporting right necklines help in creating more balanced silhouettes. If you are on a busty side and don’t have a long neck, turtle and halter necks are a big no. They add unnecessary volume around the neck and make the top silhouette bulkier. On the other side, V necks elongate the decollete area and balance the silhouette more effectively. So, start adding more V necks to your wardrobe.
Shop The Look | Marks & Spencer Navy Blue Checked Top (Image – Myntra) + Blue Jeans + White Flats
Shop The Look | Dorothy Perkins Black Sheath Dress (Image – Myntra) + Maroon Clutch + Maroon Sandals + Earrings
9. MIND YOUR HEMLINE
No matter whether it’s your favourite pair of jeans or your statement pencil skirt; the hemlines should be of proper length. When it comes to jeans or trousers, hemline should hit precisely at the ankle (or maybe half an inch lower). The whole point here is to avoid any baggy effect that may add more volume to the outfit. Similarly, the hemline of pencil skirts should end right below the knee. While anything shorter will make the legs look heavier, anything longer will make them look stubbier.
Shop The Look | White Shirt + Marks & Spencer Navy Blue Cropped Trousers (Image – Myntra) + White Pumps + Black Handbag
Shop The Look | White Top + Esprit Charcoal Grey Pencil Skirt (Image – Myntra) + White Sneakers + Earrings
10. HIDE WITH DARK AND HIGHLIGHT WITH BRIGHT
The trick here is to camouflage the heaviest parts with one-toned dark pieces and flaunting the slimmer parts with bright and catchy prints or patterns. For example, if you have big bottoms, all you need to do is pair a solid black trouser with a bright printed top.
11. GO FOR SHAPEWEAR
Shapewear can hide all that unwanted extra flab and give your torso a fine structure while maintaining your posture. If you haven’t got one, it’s time to invest.
12. PICK THE RIGHT SHOE
Heels are a must when it comes to slim and long silhouettes. Mid heeled pumps with slightly pointed toes and low-cut vamps are the best choice as they slenderize the legs and make them look slimmer.
13. ADORN WITH THE RIGHT JEWELLERY
Add jewellery pieces that are a bit long. Not that they will hide anything, statement pieces like long necklaces and drop earrings can grab the scrutiny of the eyes. While long necklaces can lengthen the short necks and highlight the decollete area, drop earrings can add more vertical effect to the outfit.
14. PERFECT YOUR POSTURE
Last but not least, stand and walk while maintaining the right posture. There is nothing easier than this hack to make you look 10 pounds lighter. Always remember to keep your chin up, back straight and shoulders back.