Jillian Michaels

November 7, 2018

Look 10lbs Lighter In Seconds

Let me be crystal clear about this next piece of advice, there is no article of clothing and or fashion strategy that will literally take weight off your body. The clothes you wear, however, and the way you wear them can make you look ten pounds lighter in seconds. While I am the farthest thing from being a fashionista, the following secrets were given to me by top stylists in LA, Miami, and New York–and they work! When I learned this stuff and saw the immediate difference in the way it makes my body look I thought WHY ISN’T THIS INFORMATION COMMON KNOWLEDGE?  

While it’s crucial you do the actual “heavy lifting” when it comes to achieving your sexy slim physique, a little optical illusion here and there is a great way to enhance the results of your slim lifestyle. I’m slim and I still use these tips ALL the time. So pay attention and then play dress up.

Wear a v-neck

It lengthens your neck and shows off your collarbone. 

Go monochromatic

Dressing in one color head to toe is the easiest slim trick of all because it creates one long, clean line and doesn’t break your body up into separate visual parts. This one also makes you look taller. It’s great for us petite people. 

Buy only what you can move in

Don’t stuff yourself into clothes that don’t fit. It causes rolls and bulges even on the slimmest of women. If you have to wiggle around in the dressing room to get it on, put it back on the rack.

Practice the art of camouflage

Darker colors will minimize and lighter or shiny ones will highlight. So if you have a thicker waist, wears a brown or black belt. If you want to play down a large double D chest, avoid wearing a gold or silver blouse. 

Choose flattering fabrics

When trying to de-emphasize a “problem area” wear a crisp fabric, not clingy materials that show everything you’re trying to disguise. Conversely, when you want to show off an area of your body that you feel good about, wear the clingy materials. If you have killer legs, but a little muffin top, opt for fitted jeans with a crisp tucked-in shirt as opposed to the stretchy wool sweater and baggy jeans.

Don’t go baggy

Big shapes make us look bigger. I’m telling you, this is true. I learned this one firsthand on a bikini shoot for Shape magazine. I wanted to wear the cute boy short bathing suit and they wanted me in a small bikini. After insisting that bigger was better, when I saw the pics, I was indeed wrong. The bigger the suit, the bigger I looked. The directive to follow here comes straight from famed costume designer Edith Head, “Wear clothes loose enough to prove you’re a lady, but tight enough to prove you are a woman.”

Tailor your clothes

You can’t expect every size 8 to fit every size 8 woman. Get a tailor you love and trust someone to fit your nicer clothes to your body. I know this can get pricey, but once you have a few, beautifully tailored staples in your wardrobe you are prepared for any event and fashion necessity. 

Go small with prints

This one came from a Redbook Cover shoot I did, when the stylist put me in jeans with a paisley pattern on them. I was extremely resistant, thinking these jeans were going to make me look like I had thick legs. Wrong. They looked great and slimming, and here’s why: The smaller the pattern, the smaller you look. Thin stripes, tiny polka dots, little paisleys are the way to go when wearing a print.

Belt it

Every single stylist has told me to draw attention to my waist.  This is because it accentuates the smallest part of a woman. By tossing a belt on or over just about anything, it will help give your body a slimmer profile – just don’t over cinch. That’s how muffin tops are born. 

Pick the right pockets

There is an ideal size for a super sexy bum pocket and it’s no smaller than your palm and no bigger than your hand.  Stray outside these guidelines and you’re playing with fire (the illusion of a much bigger booty and not in a good way).  And make sure that the bottom of your pocket never dips lower than your actual bum.  

 

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