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11 fashion tricks to make you look slimmer

Started your New Year diet yet? I haven’t. I mean, technically, it’s still new year and technically, we’re still on holidays … aren’t we? The whole of January is a holiday, isn’t it? Oh, don’t burst my bubble, I’m running with this! The work year doesn’t actually begin until the traffic comes back, am I right?

So to deal with the extra Christmas padding that has taken up a long term residence, I thought I’d share styling tips to help us look slimmer until we start eating healthily … At some point. In the not-too-distant-but-can’t-yet-be-confirmed future.

1. The half-tuck

This is nothing more than an optical illusion but gee, it works. Tuck one part of the front of your t-shirt/shirt into jeans, casually, as though it’s an afterthought. Something to do with just the centre of your jeans showing creates a flattering depth perception that makes you look slimmer. Job done.

The exposed cleavage idea is all her own but actress Jennifer Aniston showcases the monotone slimming trick in this outfit that she wore to the Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles last week.

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2. A high-waisted wide swing skirt

Worn with a cropped sweater or a top tucked in, a long skirt like this creates an hourglass shape that gives all the right curves.

3. Wear a blazer

Pop on a blazer that comes to the hip to streamline your look and draw the eye vertically. Oh the power of a magic fashion trick!

4. Beef up your shoulders

Wearing an oversized jacket on the top half of your body, then teaming it with skinny jeans will make legs look teeny weeny.

5. A knee-length pencil skirt

Swap your mini for a longer skirt that hugs legs to the knee or just above. Make it casual by pairing with a tee and trainers, or team with heels to really elongate the leg. Bonus points if it’s in a print which miraculously helps hide lumps and bumps.

6. A tailored t-shirt

When Jennifer Aniston told the world last year that she got her t-shirts tailored to fit better, I thought it was a case of too much money + too much time = mad. But having bought a tailored t-shirt this summer, in a slightly stiff fabric, I can see where she’s coming from. It won’t sink into belly rolls and sits nicely just on the outside of your body, creating a slim silhouette.

7. The quasi-flat shoe

A hidden inch on a pair of “flats” or a shoe that’s almost flat but not quite makes a huge difference. So whether it’s a platform espadrille or a bang on trend, low block heel, this year you can welcome comfort while revelling in extra height to lengthen legs.

8. Monochrome

Wearing the same colour top and bottom makes the eye think you’re like one, long delicious piece of goodness.

9. Swap wedges for a skinny heel.

On the wrong outfit, wedge shoes can make legs look dumpy. Wear them with minis and maxis, but nothing in between. With all other lengths, a skinny heel will slim out the body.

10. Wear light-coloured shoes

I’m not talking the boring “Kate Middleton nude” heel, but a light-coloured neutral like snakeskin, gold or interesting nude (rather than blah-beige) will lengthen and therefore slim out your legs.

11. Wear a loose sweater as a top

A loose-ish, lightweight sweater balances out skinny jeans or a skirt. Sweaters are the new tops, didncha know? Especially because you can double dip Tim Tams into your afternoon cuppa and nobody will notice when you develop a bloated paunch for your 4pm meeting. It’s the little things.

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