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  • Elle Sten

How to dress to appear slimmer

Tips and tricks to fake a smaller size and flatter your body.

As a mid to plus size apple-shaped woman, I have spent years scouring the internet to find ways to flatter my body and appear slimmer. These tricks are simple outfit hacks to draw the eye where I want it to go and hide areas I don't necessarily want the attention on.

1. Find your best fit of jeans.

For me, that is boyfriend fit jeans. I love how they lie low on the hip, straight in the legs. They best flatter my apple-shaped body where as the very trendy high rise mom style jeans do not.
On a short frame apple-shape, jeans that hit an inch below my belly button rather than several inches above it, this fit allows me to draw attention away from the fullest part of my belly.

2. Fake an hourglass with an A-line skirt

Show off the slimmest part of your waist with a high-waisted skirt that flares out at the bottom. Fuller middles, hips and thighs will be disguised by the flowy nature of the skirt.

3. Longline all the time

Incorporating longline choices of outerwear are great for creating a slimming illusion. Long cardigans and blazers or utility jackets that stop past the widest part of the thigh make the legs appear slimmer. They camouflage hip dips and love handles while making the overall size of the body appear as if it is only the size being shown. The simplest way to appear smaller.

4. Add some height!

If you can tolerate rocking heeled boots, heels or anything with a platform, this simple trick will lengthen and lean out the legs. Additionally, it contracts your abs to minimize the appearance of any "pooch" belly.

5. Embrace the magic of shapewear.

I held off on this one for years as I always found it to be so uncomfortable. However, when I stopped using the knock-off rigid thick brands of shapewear and made the exclusive switch to Spanx, it revolutionized my view and usage of shapewear. I can wear it daily if I choose, even in summer. My favorites from Spanx are the OnCore high waisted brief, which is their highest level of control.

and the Higher power short, a level two and perfect for wearing under jeans.

Spanx instantly slimify and hold it in. It's a nice quick option for smoothing your silhouette.

Let me know any other tricks you use!

Be well,


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