Tuesday Ten: Slim Your Silhouette

Tuesday Ten: Slim Your Silhouette

With dozens of trends constantly coming and going in the world of fashion, it can be hard to determine which looks are the most flattering for your body type. I must admit it’s taken me a few fashion faux pas myself to learn the tricks of the trade. But I’ve found that dressing to flatter my figure is truly a rule of style–no matter how much I love a trend, it has to work on my frame. Today I’ll be sharing 10 of my favorite foolproof styling tips to keep your look on-point and looking lean, no matter what. Without further ado, here is my go-to guide for dressing yourself the flattering way:

  1. Pick peplums. This lovely trend not only looks adorable in the form of a skirt, top, or dress, it also flatters your figure. A peplum cinches at the waist, so it keeps your upper body looking trimmed while hiding a not-so-flat tummy.
  2. Instantly slim. Elastic body suits work to kind of “hold everything together.” They’re one of the greatest inventions if you want to create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette in a snap. One of the best brands I’ve found is ResultWear. Personally, I think shapewear should be reserved for special occasions. For example, if you were going to be wearing a skin tight silk dress, throwing on a shaping slip from ResultWear would be wise. When necessary, these undergarments can work miracles, solve fashion crises and give you an instantly svelte shape.
  3. Choose small, tight prints. Bigger prints make you look bigger. It’s as simple as that. If you’re concerned about this, stay away from oversized patterns. Instead, opt for small, tight prints  la Prada’s Fall 2012 collection. Small patterns distract the eye from trouble spots and create an overall proportioning effect for your figure. Plus, this trend happens to be very in for fall, so why not give it a try?
  4. Go head-to-toe monochromatic. While I do have a soft spot for color blocking, it’s not the best way to lengthen your silhouette. But wearing the same color head-to-toe? Now that’s a tinting trick that works. Going monochromatic creates a longer, leaner figure because it doesn’t chop up your body. Wearing an all-black ensemble is your best bet for looking lean, but since I’m a girl who loves color, head-to-toe anything will do the trick.
  5. Try a side-paneled dress. Side paneling on clothing tricks the eye into believing that the body is slimmer than it actually is. Dark side paneling virtually “cuts away” the sides of your silhouette, making you appear narrower. Designers like Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, and Cynthia Rowley all showcased side-paneled dresses in their fall 2012 collections. Not only is this look flattering, it’s also in season and can be found at a variety of price points.
  6. Choose heels that lengthen your legs. If you’re in the market to give your gams some length, stay away from heels with ankle straps. Straps at the ankle create a horizontal line that chops up the leg, making it look shorter than it actually is. Instead, choose heels in nude or flesh-tone shades to create the illusion of longer, leaner legs.
  7. Get tailored. One style tip I swear by is making sure my clothes fit me perfectly. No one looks good in frumpy fits. If you ask me, ill-fitting clothes can make you look up to 10 pounds heavier. No thank you. Keep your look streamlined and sleek by paying a visit to your tailor. Get your pants hemmed, dresses fitted and tops modified as needed. If your clothes fit properly, you will look and feel your best.
  8. Wear the right undergarments. We all underestimate the importance of wearing the correct size bra and underwear. In general, undergarments are an often-overlooked category of clothing. If a bra is too tight, it can create bulges around your torso. Same goes for panty lines, ladies. I cannot stress this enough–wear undergarments that are the correct size. This will keep your silhouette smooth and bulge-free.
  9. Slim with the right sleeves. If your arms aren’t your best assets, don’t choose a top with sleeves that hit where they are widest. (Short sleeves and cap sleeves are often the worst offenders for most women.) Billowy sleeves that cover the upper arm or longer sleeves that hit mid-forearm are the most flattering.
  10. Say goodbye to muffin tops and pooches. Muffin tops and pooches–neither of these are areas any woman wants to accentuate. To keep your silhouette lump-free, avoid low-rise bottoms. Instead, wear high-waisted fits to flatten the front and cinch your waistline. It’s also important to avoid tight, short, and light-colored tops. These tops will only draw attention to problem areas. Rather, go for dark, printed, or flowy blouses.

While these tips are guidelines to help you achieve a leaner look, the most important thing is to understand your own body shape and wear what works for you. Forget trends (they come and go), what’s important is that you wear what’s best for you.

What’s your biggest getting-dressed dilemma? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer your question in follow up posts.

XO Lauren

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  • Melissa Panici

    Thank you for this post Lauren! It’s nice to know that just because something is trendy, you don’t have to wear it. I absolutely HAVE to dress for what’s best for me and this post makes me feel confident about that:) My biggest getting-dressed delemma is matching colors that aren’t so obvious. I know how to match my clothes normally, but for some of those brighter trickier colors, I get confused. I know Anna used the color wheel in her post about this but I was still confused. lol Any easier tricks to this? Thanks!

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  • Stacie

    Sleeves are my biggest problem. I hate my upper arms, but finding sleeves that fit right is almost impossible. It seems like every short-sleeved top in stores is capped-sleeves. That’s why I was very excited to see the blue top w/ black sleeves in Lauren’s sneak peek post for her fall LC collection! It looks like it will be super flattering.

  • The Stylish Student

    Great tips! I definitely agree about monochramatic clothes!

    xx

    Carol-Anne

    http://www.thestylishstudent.com

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    Awesome tips! I definitely want to try a peplum and side-panel clothes.

    http://fitnessmisc.blogspot.com/

  • jmums

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    these are great tips! my biggest dilemma is my chest, unfortunately! it’s a little big for my frame (i’m a 32e) which causes issues sometimes with tight or low cut tops/dresses. even the slightest V can look way too low on me and i don’t like showing off my chest, so it can be tough! i tend to stick with scoop and boat necks!

    xoamy
    http://www.cupcakesncouture.com/2012/08/travel-inspiration-italy.html

  • Deanne Castro

    Great tips!

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  • Melissa German

    I completely disagree with the Peplums. While they may camoflague your belly I think they make hips and butts look HUGE

  • Meghan Conard

    Love these tips! Can’t wait to try out side-paned dresses this fall!

    Check out my newest post http://mc2squared.blogspot.com

    xx-MC

  • HistoryBeauty

    Such great tps! Clothing can really change the appearance of your body shape.

    http://www.youtube.com/HistoryBeauty

  • Hailey Anderson

    Love these! Such cute, smart ideas!

    xo Hailey

    http://haileynicolee.blogspot.com/

  • Closet Fix

    Hi All!

    I’m always trying to find ways to cover my ever growing thighs, massive backside, and “”food baby”” I’m a classic case of a skinny greedy girl with fat parts, so over the years I’ve had to become a master of camouflage, practically a magician if we’re being honest. Because OMG it takes so much magic to make all my bulging parts disappear under the perfect outfit. I have found that investing in a awesome belt is great, because like here

    http://closetfix.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-style-fix-lace-denim.html

    it cinches you in, and immediately crreates the illusion of a tiny waist and a smaller frame, which is exactly what I want people to think;) Also, sometimes more is more when it comes to dressing skinny. By investing in tailored outwear like a fab blazer or a drappy jacket like here

    http://closetfix.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-style-fix-classic-tank-top.html

    You can wear it over various looks to create slimming effects, since the eye is forced to focus on just the areas that are exposed. Best of all, if you combine a blazer with wide leg pants or denim that sweeps the ground, sort of like you’re floating, like here,

    http://closetfix.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-style-fix_1925.html

    your skinny factor goes through the roof, since with this look it appears that you’re a Greek goddess with legs that go on for days. Who doesn’t want that!!!

    Xoxo,

    Simmy

    Personal Style Blog: http://closetfix.blogspot.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClosetFix

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClosetFix

    Instagram: @ClosetFix

  • Becca Lily

    Love the tips! I would love more advice on dresses and skirts and how to spot the right cut :)

    http://sweetfigtree.blogspot.com

  • Petra Zeller

    Amazing tips. Thank you

    xo, Petra

    take a look on my new Outfit Post http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  • Rachel Shubitowski

    I’ve always had the elastic body suits because I have such wide hips and it keeps everything held and in! They work like a charm. Just ordered a cute Dark red Peplum top. I’ll have to see if it does the body good. ;) lol! Thanks for the tips! xoxo

    http://rachelshubitowski.blogspot.com/

  • Joahn Desrosiers

    I have broad shoulders but i don’t know what dress styles are suited for my broad shoulders…any suggestions?

  • Kate Ciavardini

    These tips are so helpful! I’m a girl with a tiny waist and big hips so this really helps!

  • Linh Ly

    great advice! i wish i saw more women following these rules!

    Linh

    http://befashionfit.blogspot.com/

  • Taylor Hutmacher

    I can never get skinny jeans on…

  • Rachel Trampel

    Great advice!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    My biggest getting dressed dilemma is that I don’t have enough money to buy all the clothes I want!! LOL Seriously…

    but- physically, I’m a very curvy lady! I have ample breasts and wide hips & a lot of booootay. I love my curves, but at the same time, I wish there was a little less of them. Being 5ft2, it’s hard to find things that fit properly. They either swallow me up, or I swallow it up. I think once I lose the weight I want, it’ll be easier, but as of right now I have issues in that department. I know that the wider the neckline, the less it looks like you have “”Up there””– So V-necks & scoop necks are pretty flattering- but at the same time, I don’t want to draw attention to my chest w/too much cleavage, etc. I just need to continue on working on myself & I think fit will work out better…

  • Adrianna Morey

    Helpful! I have a lot of issues downplaying my hips sometimes.

  • Carol S

    love the post – makes life easier for sure!! I want to go shopping now…

    http://www.cappuccinoandcream.com

  • Toby Trachy

    Low rise pants and short tops have got to be the worst offenders I have seen!

    My problem with finding fits is that I am an hourglass shape, but I’m short! Everything always has to be tailored.

  • Martin M

    Head to toe monochromatic is my secret fashion tip to look fabolous :)

    http://www.look-scout.blogspot.com

    http://www.look-scout.blogspot.com


  • Lui

    Once upon a time I literally trapped into getting-dressed dilemma.. I was in rush, heading to work.. unfortunately my laundry-bag was full with clothes that needed a wash.. so, I didnt know what to wear at all.. in my hurry I just quickly grapped a chino and a cute top with many layers of chiffon.. at work I checked myself in the mirror, finding out that I did a big fashion faux pas.. like Lauren always says: number one rule in shaping, is to always keep the balance.. if you wear something wide at a top, chose something fitted at the bottom.. I didnt balance, the top made me look a bit bigger and chosed the wrong trousers with my chinos, so all in all I looked like a fat pancake even though I

  • Lui

    and my still existing dilemma is: since a long time I`m looking for a skirt that is very versatile, so that it looks chique and classic on the one hand (just right for office etc.) and on the other hand perfect for casual, for the beach etc.. just a skirt in a neutral color, a “”neutral”” fabric -maybe made of jersey, that is fitted but not too tight, so that I can move comfortable.. I always only find skirts that are too classy for casual or skirts that are too casual for elegant ocsasions.. also: my budget is small :)

  • Camille

    I’m very insecure about my hip/bottom area. I hate for them to stick out on display, so I usualy wear shirts/tops that hide those problem spots!

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    This might be the most useful blog ever, perfect for a girl on the go!

    http://lamodacitta.blogspot.com/

  • Dana Hall

    As a girl who is only 5 foot 1 there are a few issues. Usually trends and styles are shown on model sized girls 5″”9 at the shortest. They do not look the same on me. Tailoring and petite sizes are great but sometimes it is just not the same. There is another issue. I work in a super casual environment with children with special needs so I am constantly running around – heels are not an option. What else can elongate me and keep me in the style trends without sacrificing comfort!

  • Martin M

    Me as a guy, I have to say that High Heels on a women are something that attracts each guy. They create an amazing soilhouette and shape up. An absolute fashion Must-Have!! :) XOXO

    http://www.look-scout.blogspot.com

    http://www.look-scout.blogspot.com

  • Sarah Chase

    My baby is 8 months old, and while I’ve lost 55 pounds so far (40lbs of baby weight, and working on wedding weight) my stomach is the last to go. My legs and arms look great- but my stomach is holding me back. My body has changed completely. I’m having a hard time feeling good about the way I look.

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    http://www.laurenconrad.com/photo/view/82045/6755/34277/1

  • candyheyn

    Thank you for the tips Lauren…

    here are some cute fall outfits:

    http://officaldaniella.blogspot.de/2012/08/style-obsession-fall-love.html?spref=fb

  • Fiorella Alvarez Gutierrez

    Big dilemma right here! What kind of clothes should one wear if you don’t have the perfect legs to rock skinny jeans or skirts?

  • Rose Otero

    High waist denim jeans! I can’t find them anywhere!!! I’m dying for them!

  • Rose Otero

    high waist denim shorts! Excuse me! I seriously can not find them anywhere. Friends have given me some opinions to DIY. But, the thought of my doing anything DIY is difficult.

  • Kayla Iso

    High-waisted pants are a must for me. They are a lot more flattering than low-rise pants, especially if you’re petite like me. The trouble is, like Rose Otero commented, finding a pair!

  • Jessica Krueger

    I agree with Rose.. what collections/clothing lines out there sell high waist jeans?

  • Sabrinchen

    I’m going on a date and it will be very warm, that means the outfits I wanted to wear are simply not possible to wear for this kind of weather. What can I wear that’s flattering and doesn’t make you sweat?

  • Cori Heckmann

    I love Tuesday Ten! And this week is such a great topic! Thank you.

    Cori
    http://Www.purecanesugarfashion.wordpress.com

  • Anna Dahl

    Ooooh! I agree on the high-waist pant! In Sweden we’re fortunate enough to have the label Cheap Monday (one of H&M:s more street-oriented labels). They sell the most flattering (and cheap!) high-waisted assortment of skinny denim’s in all washes and colors. I really wish more labels would offer high-waist pants though. I’m SO over having to worry about showing my crack or muffin top… Seriously, ain’t nobody wanna see that :)

  • Bridgette

    Great post!

    Check out my blog http://fashionbybridgette.blogspot.com/

  • Christina von Claparede-Crola

    It’s actually been really hard for me to find clothes that flatter my body because I have gained a little weight over the summer (I went to Europe, and the food is just irresistable!) so most of my clothes are a little too tight. I also recently started school again, and it’s been hard for me to wear clothes that impress without me looking chubby. So this post has DEF helped soooo much!!! thank youuu!! I’ve also realized that I need to accept my body until I loose weight. But for now this post was an amazing help! Lauren, you are the best!

  • Alice Erickson

    Biggest problem while getting dressed: long torso. High waisted clothing works for my figure, but always comes with the luxury of a camel toe. Help!

  • tara winecke

    I recently bought this dress and it has an elastic type clinch on the waist area. The problem is that I have a little extra weight on my stomach and love handels.

  • Beauty to Sparkle

    My biggest problem about my body is the lower half of my body: hips and thighs. So, I like to wear tops that emphasizes my skinny waist and flatters my body type. First step to dressing your body is to accept it! :)

    Check out my blog to find out what I use to control my oily skin throughout the day! Here is the link:

    http://www.beautytosparkle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo, Dina

  • Brittany M

    My biggest problem is that I’m petite in height (4’10″”), but not around. I generally wear a size 12-14 and it’s really hard to find pants that are the right length, but aren’t huge in the thigh area. Just ’cause I have a belly doesn’t mean I have thunder thighs! LoL.

  • Randi

    Great tips for curvy and long, lean girls alike!

    Check out how other women dress for their body type at my blog:

    putafeatheronit.wordpress.com

  • Randi

    Great tips for curvy and long, lean girls alike!

    Check out how other women dress for their body type at my blog:

    http://putafeatheronit.wordpress.com/

  • Sarah McCammon

    I am 5’6. And I wear a 12 size in jeans but I wear a dress size 8-10. I have a large butt and muscular thighs but I have a tiny waist. I also have a very long torso. What sort of pants/dresses and tops can I wear to show off my curvy figure?

  • Joya Judah

    Hi :) how can I know the correct size undergarments? Like when shopping for bras, I’m not sure, I just kinda pick up what looks cute and may fit, but I have bras ranging inbetween two or three sizes, haha.

    Also, any suggestions on the mid-forearm shirts when it’s cold out? It irriates me to wear coats or layering. I feel like I wanna pull the sleeve down to my wrists, but can’t.

    Lastly, in regards to shorts I have a hard time finding a pair that works for me. I have fair skin, and most shorts I find are really short and my thighs are kinda big, so I’m not sure what to do. I wear leggings for something more cool, but would love to find some shorts that don’t make me look too big, or pale. Any tips? :)

    Thanks,

    xo J

    • Hope this Helps!

      I know this is 2 years late. Choosing bra sizes is easy if you are measured correctly. Measure right under your armpits and wrap around snugly, this is your band size. Measure around the fullest part of your bust, if the difference between band and bust size are 1″ A cup 2″ B cup 3″ C cup etc. If you go to Victoria Secret you will need to buy one cup size up. So if my under my armpits measurement was 32″ and my bust measurement was 34″ I would buy a size 32B

      • Hope this Helps!

        Oh and if I went to Victoria Secret I would buy a 32C

        • $110495307

          Thank you for this tidbit, I know it was directed for someone else but it certainly helped me. I did not realize that this was my problem with Victoria’s Secret bras.

  • Alissa Bush

    Great Styling tips Lauren. Please check out my website http://www.thetwirlgirl.com for some great styles that fit perfectly into your style tips. I carry a highly curated collection of designers with a vintage feel all at the wonderful price point of under $100!

  • Kendalle Anderson

    My biggest dilemma is probably finding a well fitted bathing suit for my larger bust. It’s so difficult to find one that covers me enough and flatters my body.

  • Josalyn

    I have rather large thighs and I am always struggling with them! Help!

  • Candy Smith

    Joya,

    If you go into a lingerie store (like Victoria’s Secret) they will do a sizing for you with measuring tape. It’s not too awkward. Then they will bring some to you in the correct size. If you don’t usually buy from a lingerie store (I can’t,personally, because I live in a tiny town), you’ll at least know the correct size!

    Good luck!

  • Candy Smith

    I feel ya! I’ve found that sticking to sexy one pieces (ala marilyn monroe) is my best bet, though I have a couple bikini tops that are made in bra size vs. standard small/medium/large. Think pinup style. Very classically beautiful, but still more modest for us busty gals.

  • Brittany

    Oh girl no. Peplums?? Clearly you have never been above a size 6 because us 12+ (i.e., ladies with hips) know to avoid that shit!

    • Samia

      Couldn’t agree with you more! I have very wide hips and narrow waist and Peplums look horrible on me.
      The rest of the tips are really good though!

    • Kalyn

      That’s strange. I’m a size 16, with narrow waist and wide hips, and peplums look amazing on me :)

  • Deepika DB

    i have a rather stern face and pear shape body which annoy me a lot.
    I seem manly..how to embrance the femine look??

    • $110495307

      Long hair and genuinely sweet personality goes a long way with men.

  • Alina fortunato

    These tips are awesome! I have a large bust and have a hard time finding clothes that fit that don’t make me look like I’m wearing a tent.

    • powellr

      i am with you, same problem.

  • powellr

    44DD boobs ; that’s my problem.

  • Soph

    I love your do’s and dont’s! Unfortunately i have problems to actually use them because i have troubles to dress right by “hiding” my belly :(
    HELP:(

  • $110495307

    Avoid neon colors, stripes, and polka dots. Seems like it would be an obvious but I think fashion had a short period of time that forgot those rules and I don’t see them re-stated as often as they should.

  • Lucy

    I have a short waist, i find high waisted pants tto look horrid on me. They do not elongate, but accentuate my short waist. Maybe of i get the right pair or shorts i can show off my long legs, but i think i will stick to low to mid rise.

    One good thing about high waisted fashion being in style….us short waisted girls that had a tough time avoiding the high waisted look no matter what dont have to fret anymore!

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