Super stylist to the stars, Sophia Banks-Coloma, gives LifeStyle YOU her exclusive top tips on dressing to flatter your body.
1. Buy Clothes that Fit
Clothing that is too tight will hug to your body and show every bump; while clothes that are too big will only make you look larger. If something does not quite fit, spend a little extra money to have it altered. A good tailor can make you look like a million bucks.
2. Wear Dark Colours Over the Most Unflattering Areas
If you've got killer legs, but want to slim your upper body, slip into a bright bold pant and pair it with a darker top.
3. Avoid Boxy Shapes
Instead of lengthening your body vertically--which is super slimming--boxy shapes create horizontal lines that cut up and shorten your body. So avoid crop tops and go for tops that hit right around your hips.
4. Jeans are Essential
As trendy as skinny jeans may be, they aren't always the most slimming. There is nothing more flattering than a slight boot cut jean, in a dark wash jean with a midrise- no muffin tops please! If you love the skinny cut jeans and are not a size 8 then go for a straight skinny-- it will tappers to the leg but won't not been skin tight. And again, keep them in a dark wash for a super flattering look.
5. Highlight Your Assets
If you have a great hourglass figure, show it off with a dress nipped in at your waist. Or if you've got legs for days, highlight them with a bold pair of jeans that lengthen them even more!
6. Love Your Shape Wear
Shape wear is a remarkable way to shave of weight instantly. Sophia recommends the Spanx shorts or Spanx full body, they smooth your body out and will make your outfit look that much more amazing!
7. Long Necklaces
Long necklaces are another trick to draw attention to the center of you body--your slimmest point--and away from your hips. Always a plus!
8. Nude Pumps
Heels are wonderful because they will give you better posture and a little extra height. But the best trick is nude pumps. They'll make you look slimmer and taller instantly! Think of nude pumps as an extension of your leg, as opposed to other pumps that visually cut your foot off and shorten your leg.
9. Avoid Ankle Straps on Shoes
They'll just cut up your leg making you look shorter than you are. Remember lengthening your body is the quickest way to slim your shape!
10. Hair Up
Pull your hair up and off your face. This draws attention away from your body and up to your beautiful face!
11. Avoid Heavy and Bulky Fabrics
They'll just add visual weight, while choosing fabrics like jersey, cashmere, and cotton will actually have a slimming effect.
12. Add a Wide Belt
A wider belt will lengthen out that part of your body making you appear taller and thinner!
13. Bold Blazer
Sophia's go to outfit for a super slimming effect is a bold blazer with dark wash jeans--the fitted lines of a blazer are great for lengthening and slimming, while also being really fashionable. Under the blazer wear a silk shirt with a loose V-neck and some killer heels and you're set!
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