You may be a tall (over 5’8″), petite, plus-size, or a middle height woman (5’6″ to 5’8″) and we all want to know the tricks of the trade to making our waistline appear to look smaller in clothing. The easiest way to give the illusion of a smaller waist is shapewear and there are many fashionable solutions that will make you look thinner with very little effort.
Want a dress that creates a slimming effect on your figure? Look for Body-Con (bandage) dresses and slimming side panels on dresses for a figure-flattering look that is a spot on trend! These are fashionable stylish options. Dresses with slimming side panels in black or navy on the sides are especially fabulous to create a gorgeous illusion of a smaller waist. Designer Stella McCartney ignited this trend several seasons ago and these styles are some of her hottest selling dresses! Both celebrities and non-celeb women are wearing this look which is extremely sought after.
Seriously, you don’t want to wear oversized bulky layers, which we all have a tendency to do during the Fall and Winter seasons. Layers are all about warmth, but the down-side to bulky layers is that they will make you look several pounds heavier. As your resident BellaPetite fashion expert may I suggest that when you are wearing something bulky, like a sweater, always pick one that is the actual true size to best fit your figure. Also, try to stay away from several thick layers unless of course you are headed out to Antartica, lol! Perhaps once the weather begins to warm up, try wearing several thin layers. When it comes to a coat, select one that has a belt to cinch in your waistline, giving you an hourglass figure while still keeping you warm.
Classic style never goes out of style. To instantly take off inches try a classic fit and flare dress style that slopes into a nicely flared skirt which is seamed at the waist to achieve a flattering shape. Another trick to make your waist appear smaller is to add on a belt, but be careful that it isn’t too large of a buckle or band with for your body type not to appear bigger. To help you figure out the buckle and band size try taking a selfie, looking in the mirror, or simply get a second opinion from a close confidant that is honest about how it looks on you.
4. Lets Wrap As we all know a classic wrap dress never goes out of style. They are figure flattering for all body types because a wrap dress is normally cinched in at that waist making it look smaller! This is a coveted fashion secret to the stars because it makes your midsection appear smaller. You may even opt for a wrap dress with a fun pattern which takes attention away from areas you are trying to conceal. One more trick when selecting a wrap dress is to pick the right size and that the fabric is good quality to avoid showing lumps and bumps, as well as you don’t want a fabric that is too flimsy because it will show figure flaws. Another awesome trick of the trade is to wear a body slimmer which will keep it all smooth!
Pick out mid to high waisted jeans and skirts depending on your height and body type. If you are over 5’3″ you can do high-waisted bottoms, However, if you are shorter than 5’3″ a mid-waist style option most likely to be best for you. Both of these styles tend to sit at the best spot on your waist, which makes your waist naturally appear to be smaller. Also, you want to avoid looking frumpy, by pairing your bottoms with a fitted top. Don’t forget to add a great pair of heels to make your legs look both longer and leaner to complete your look.
Written by Ann Lauren
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