Want to look slimmer?

Here are 11 fashion style tips to make you look slimmer

We all have to deal with the extra Christmas padding just seemed to sneak up on us.
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.

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.

Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter at Encore in Las Vegas This is the way you DO black: Krysten Ritter is hitting all kinds of high notes in a satiny peplum top and pencil skirt.
Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes on the street in NY When wearing something loose-fitting on top, DO stick to slim shapes on the bottom to balance everything out. This may not be Katie Holmes' finest fashion hour, but it works.
Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer's choice of a burgundy Gucci suit for the Critics' Choice Awards 2015 was spot-on. We like that she added a feminine twist going sans-blouse, instead adding delicate gold necklaces and finishing the look in a pair of satin Louboutins.
Jessica Laba

Jessica Laba

Jessica Alba With her distressed jeans and white pointy stilettos, street style queen Jessica Alba gives a nod to the 80s – and it works. With her distressed jeans and white pointy stilettos, street style queen Jessica Alba gives a nod to the 80s – and it works.