Let me be crystal clear about this, there is no piece of clothing or quick fix diet that will literally take weight off your body in 10 seconds. The clothes you wear, however, and the way you wear them can make you look ten pounds slimmer in seconds which is what the Perfect Dress Company is all about.
When we were setting up the Perfect Dress Company, I interviewed top stylists and fashion bloggers to find out their secret slimming tips.
When I put these suggestions into practice, I immediately saw a difference in the way it made my body and shape look and I thought “WHY isn’t this information common knowledge?!”.
These tips work for all body shapes so grab a cocktail, go to your wardrobe, and pull out the items mentioned below that you have in your wardrobe and have a bit of fun playing dress up.
1) Wear a V-neck or Bardot Neckline
If you follow me on Instagram (@sunnymoranbird) you will know that a V-neck is my favourite neck style. Both V-necks and Bardot necklines lengthen your neck and show off your collarbone, focusing on a slim part of your body. This is why we have launched two Bardot styles in our Secret Slimming Dresses collection – the Nip and Tuck and the Tummy Trimmer.
2) It’s all about the length!
The length of your dress is really important. When it comes to looking for a shorter dress, look for dresses which reaches just below the knee or on the knee. This is because the dress finishes at the slimmest part of your leg. If it hits you further down, you are at risk at making your calves look thicker than they are (and no one wants that!). When it comes to longer dresses such as maxi dresses you really want the dress to sit below your ankles. Anything above this level will focus on your ankle and because it is such as small area of leg, it may give the look of wide ankles aka ‘cankles’. If in doubt the longer the better but not to the point where you may trip over the hem… now that is just too far.
3) Bingo Wings
Unless you are Madonna or Michelle Obama bingo wings may be something that affect your confidence when wearing dresses.
For this reason - don’t wear cap sleeves. You might think cap-sleeve tops or dresses are a better alternative than sleeveless, but they hit you at the widest part of your arm thus highlighting this area. Try longer sleeves to the cuff, or ¾ length sleeves that elongate and streamline your arms whilst giving the illusion of slender toned arms. If you don’t want to wear a long sleeve during summer, try a flutter sleeve which finishes just past the widest part of your arms. The flutter adds movement and the length of the sleeve highlights the slender part of your arms. You can also try a cold-shoulder look which expose your shoulders, but still have sleeves to hide under-the-arm heaviness.
We encourage you to wear off-the-shoulder and Bardot tops with sleeves as every woman has sexy shoulders so make sure you show them off!
4) Go monochrome
Dressing in one colour head to toe is the easiest slim trick of all because it creates one long, clean line and doesn’t break your body up into separate visual parts. This one also makes you look taller! It’s great for us petite people, which is why we launched our first range dresses in a variety of block colours.
5) If in doubt buy a bigger size
Don’t wear clothes that don’t fit you – think stuffed sausage, it really just isn’t a good look! It causes rolls and bulges even on the slimmest of women. If you have to wiggle around in the dressing room to get it on, put it back on the rack. I know this one is actually really hard for some of us ladies. That dress size on a label can sometimes cause us not to buy an item of clothing as we don’t want to go into the next dress size bracket. Let’s be honest we can all be different dress sizes in different shops think Zara vs M&S – they have totally different sizing. You are more than a dress size, so rather than focusing on what dress size you are, focus on how that dress makes you feel.
6) Come over to the dark side
Darker colours will make you look instantly slimmer, whilst lighter or shiny colours/fabrics will highlight problem areas. So, if you have a wider waist, wear a brown or black belt. If you want to play down a large chest, avoid wearing a silver blouse.
7) Choose flattering fabrics
How a fabric works with your body and curves is so important.
These are things to check out for; does it cling uncomfortably to your body, does it restrict your movement, does it crease easily? If it does any of these things, don’t buy it. Look for fabrics that move with you, have added drape to offer tummy coverage, feel soft against the body and are comfortable to move around in.
8) Baggy is not a good look
This is a mistake a lot of people make when they have lost the confidence in their body shape. They wear big baggy clothes in order to cover up their body. As much as wearing baggier clothes may make you feel like you are wearing a security blanket and the world can’t see you, in actual fact it does the opposite as big shapes and baggier styles make you look bigger. Try this one for yourself, try on a baggier outfit that is loose and now try on a more fitted outfit and take a picture of yourself in both and compare side to side. See, what did I tell you?
9) Tailor your clothes
If you REALLY love a dress but you have tried on three different sizes and the dress just doesn’t fit you right, buy the bigger size and get it tailored to you and your body shape. You can’t expect every size 12 dress to fit every size 12 woman. I know this may seem excessive as this also adds the cost of the tailoring to the price of your dress, but I would only suggest you do this with an outfit that you are absolutely crazy about - you know, the ones you walk away from but just can’t stop thinking about.
10) Prints charming!
The next one is a game changer… Wait for it... The smaller the pattern, the smaller you look.
Think smaller prints, thin stripes, small polka dots, smaller charming patterns are what you should look out for when buying a dress with prints. This is another one you could try right now in front of the mirror. Try on a dress with a large pattern – take a snap with your phone and now try on a dress with a smaller pattern and compare side to side. You are welcome!
11) Get waisted!
Look for dresses that draw attention to your waist. This can be dresses which are nipped in at the waist, have included waist bands in the dress design that cinch in the waist, have ruching around the waist or have tie panels around the waist. This is because a dress that draws attention to your waist accentuates the smallest part of your body. But don’t worry, if a dress you have already doesn’t have any of the details above, just add a slim belt, it will help give your body a slimmer profile – just don’t over cinch - that is how muffin tops are born.
12) Tulips are a girl’s best friend
Forget roses and think tulips. The good news is a tulip shape dress is flattering for all body types. A tulip-shaped dress hides a multitude of sins and will slim and elongate a wide behind. It shapes the hips whilst defining the waist giving you a gorgeous hourglass look.
13) Wear undergarments that fit
This is crucial! Well-fitting underwear can change your shape and make you look up to 10lbs slimmer. Wearing the wrong size bra can create cutting lines that dig into your skin and cause your bust to spill out from the top as well as dig into your back which creates back flesh rolls that wouldn’t normally be there if you were wearing a bra that fitted well. Consider getting your bra size professionally measured at the women’s section of a department store. Wearing underwear too small for you can create bulges and panty lines which can be seen through dresses and other garments. Consider purchasing seamless underwear or think about going up a size so that it holds you in and isn’t on show – it’s called underwear for a reason!
Please remember we all have body hang ups; I do not know one person who doesn’t. And although these suggestions can help you to look slimmer, if you see an outfit you absolutely fall in love with - buy it! How you feel in what you wear is all that counts at the end of the day. Rock the looks, the colours and the styles which make you feel beautiful and confident, and others will agree!