If you are a woman over 50 who still has the same slim figure as you did in high school, this post is not for you because you can wear anything. The rest of us, who have extra weight, may need more help. We often turn to oversized, baggy, and boxy clothes that make us look. . . well. . . big and frumpy. But there are simple tricks that can help you look slimmer and sharper.
What do I wear if I have a large bust, a big belly or thunder thighs?
For one thing, don’t wear a tent that 5 kids can camp under. Optical illusions will give you more shape.
A good rule of thumb is to wear a dark top and bottom or shift with or without a belt in the same tone which will camouflage your bulges. Then, layer it with a flattering jacket, sweater, or vest that will give others the illusion that you have an hourglass figure.
Sticking to those rules, it won’t matter if you wear a size 10 or 32, because you will always be slimmer and sharp. Plus, you can wear the same clothes underneath with different layers on top. That will minimize the number of clothes you need and save you tons of money.
Don’t wear clothing that makes you look like a stuffed sausage
Women are notorious for insisting they wear a smaller size than they really do. I know, I used to work in a boutique back in the day. But trying to squeeze yourself into tight clothes doesn’t do you any favors. Instead, wear clothing with more of a relaxed fit as look as they don’t look baggy or boxy. Try buying your clothes one size larger, so you look smaller underneath.
This single-toned and slightly loose-fitting top and bottom from Lilysilk will make you feel like a 1930s movie star.
Avoid thick, bulky or poofy fabrics
Wool, fleece, corduroy, down, and even taffeta will not make you look slimmer especially if you are heavy. Even slim women can go overboard. My mouth almost hit the floor when an older actress with a gorgeous figure, who usually dresses very well, walked out to accept her SAG Award.
Okay, you may disagree and think her dress was divine, but I thought it made her look like a linebacker.
Softer fabrics like cotton, silk, jersey, and velvet stay closer to your body without looking tight. If you are trying to stay warm in cold weather, wear silk underwear and use thinner layers.
Double breasted clothing will double your breast size
If you are already wearing a bra in 40D, do you really need to look like you wear an 80D? Double-breasted jackets are certainly stylish but only if you are tiny or flat. That’s because the buttons form a horizontal line across your chest that makes you look bigger and boxier. Stick to a single-breasted jacket or trench coat or wear a buttonless jacket instead.
Avoid horizontal lines altogether
Striped shirts are classic and French but will not make you look slimmer especially if you are chesty. Thin vertical lines or diagonal stripes are a better bet, but it depends on the stripes and the cut of the shirt or blouse.
There are other ways that we create horizontal lines when we dress that have nothing to do with stripes.
Color blocking can also give that illusion. If you have a thick waist and wear a light top tucked into dark pants, or vice versa it will cut you in half and make you look wider. You can break up the horizontal line by tucking in your top French style.
Horizontal pocket flaps will also give you a boxy and wide look if you have a big chest. Try slanted pockets instead.
The type of neckline you wear can make you look slimmer
Older women with extra weight almost always look thick and wide in a crew neck tee shirt. And forget about wearing a thick pullover sweater with a big fat pumpkin on the front. A pumpkin over your belly is the last thing you need if you want to look slim.
If you love wearing tee-shirts and don’t want to look large and bulky, try wearing a v or scoop neck to direct the attention to someplace more flattering like your ample cleavage. Sound sexist. Why not celebrate it?
Ditch your maternity blouses
We can no longer use the excuse that we are expecting now that we are post-menopause. If you have extra weight, you may have a closet full of billowing blouses. I know I do. However, they scream large and there are more attractive ways to look slimmer.
I love wearing tie-bottom blouses either on the front or side. The blouse can still be full but depending on where you tie it, it can be flattering for your shape. I sometimes use a hair tie and flip it under to make the hem asymmetrical. Some blouses are made with a front wrap, so you don’t have to bother tying them. This wrap front top from Nordstrom is elegant.
Blouses with asymmetrical hems will disguise a world of flaws, help you look slimmer, and not dumpy.
This blouse below from Macy’s has an asymmetrical hem that helps make your legs look longer while still covering up your bulges. Its V-neck and flared sleeves also give it a figure-flattering look.
Balance out your clothing
Wide-legged pants with a full blouse or bulky sweater, especially if you are petite are unbalanced and make you look boxy. To achieve balance try wearing slimmer pants with a full top, or wide pants with a more close-fitting top.
Another way to balance your outfit and look slimmer is to wear a thigh-length blazer with slim pants or high-waisted flared pants with a bolero jacket.
I hope these tips help you look slimmer. Do you have any tips to share? Please leave a comment below.