I had an I-feel-fat day last week.
Now, I’m 4 months pregnant–I have every reason in the world to be getting thicker, and I’m OK with that–really. But that doesn’t mean I’m OK with wearing a sign that says, “Gained 10 Lbs This Month!”
But that’s exactly what my outfit on the aforementioned I-Feel-Fat Day did. The first thing you would notice about me if you met me last Saturday (at left) is that I have definitely grown thicker.
Now, the picture on the right? That was taken the same week (think: “same weight”) but I felt absolutely skinny that day. And glamorous. And not a bit pudgy. Score!
What made the difference? How does one dress to disguise the weight rather than draw attention to it? Here’s what I’ve figured out:
Recipe for a Thick Day:
- Draw as many horizontal lines on your body as you can. Do this with by wearing tops and bottoms that contrast greatly (creating a line around your middle), shirts with stripes, and skirts or pants that end in the middle of your leg.
- Wear light, pastel, and bright colors that highlight every outline of your body.
- Have your clothes fit as tight as possible, over as much of your body as possible.
I did everything according to the recipe last weekend. The shirt was just a bit too small, a lighter color, and (hello!) striped. My skirt was a dark purple, fully gathered, and went just to my knees. The whole outfit made me look wider than I was tall! (And I’m pretty tall, so it was an accomplishment, really!)
Recipe for a Skinny Day:
- Draw as many vertical lines on your body as possible. Do this with long layers, skirts or pants that extend the length of your leg, and jewelry or accessories that drape past necklines.
- Wear darker colors, especially for the base layers of your outfit, closest to the body.
- Embrace the grace of drape. Choose tops that fit over the breast, but flow from there. If the gathers or fullness are above the breast, you should be able to avoid the ‘looking preggo when I’m not’ affect.
The outfit on the right was completed with a floor-length, black maxi skirt. I looked taller, felt thinner, and–did I mention?–glamorous. All it took was drawing vertical lines rather than horizontal ones. (A good hair day didn’t hurt, either!)
Here’s a few more examples of drawing vertical lines on yourself, and putting dark colors at the core of your outfits…Again, these photos have all been taken in the last two weeks, and have not been air brushed! 😉
See how the cardigan and vest draws long, vertical lines on my body? I weigh the same, but have the illusion of a thinner figure. It’s magical!
A few more tips for Skinny Days:
- Dark wash jeans are your best friend.
- A good bra that lifts and supports is your other best friend. Do not overlook the importance of a good foundation!
- If you want to wear lighter colors (and summer’s coming, so I get it!) then go for drapey fabrics over skin-tight. You will actually appear thinner when your clothes aren’t straining to cover you!
- What you heard about wearing stripes? It’s all true. They only work when you’re as skinny as said stripe.
- Maxi skirts and dresses are my favorite weapon for drawing long lines. They work for every figure. Trust me. Just don’t try to wear one that’s too small for you! (See #3)
I am so getting rid of that striped shirt.
What’s your favorite article of clothing that makes you feel confident?