Christmas is well and truly over and so begins the obligatory detox and healthy eating regimes. If you’re not that way inclined there are other clever tricks that you can use to fake a smaller waist. The key is clever dressing. Follow these 10 easy steps and you’ll be on your way to that smaller waist. Once you’ve digested these tips check out our shopping edit on belts…
Tip 1: Control wear
Probably one of the most obvious. If this tip appeals to you the key is to go for a decent brand – with most things you get what you pay for – if you spend £3.00 for shapewear it may do the trick for the day but after a few washes it will be useless.
Firm control sheer & opaque waist cincher knickers, £19.50 M&S marksandspencer.com
Tip 2: Belted Outerwear
A belted trench is a sure-fire way to make your waist instantly look smaller. Due to the stiffness of a good trench the shape it creates once belted will give the impression of an hourglass figure. Don’t be afraid to secure the belt with a knot if you find it keeps sliding out of the buckle…
Signature trench coat, £899.00 Karen Millen karenmillen.com
Tip 3: Wrap Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg made a fortune from the humble wrap dress and it’s no surprise why. The wrap silhouette is suitable for ALL body shapes. Avoid jersey materials if you are conscious of lumps and bumps…
Wrap dress in thinheat fabric, £68.00 HOTSQUASH at House of Fraser houseoffraser.co.uk
Tip 4: Darker Colours
We all know that wearing all black makes you look slimmer but why is that? Simply put black doesn’t reflect light well. Also it conceals creases and folds in your body better than lighter colours. Opt for an all-black well-fitting outfit with some tailored pieces that accentuate the waist such as a fitted blazer or jacket to trick the eye.
Tip 5: Belt Up
The key is wearing the right belt – too wide or too thin can do more harm than good. Also make sure the belt is appropriate for the outfit. What is the purpose of the belt – is it simply a decorative feature or do you want it to cinch you in? If you have a more rectangle shape opt for a slim belt in the same colour as your clothing. Check out our belt feature from earlier…
Imitation leather belt with zip detail, £25.00 MORGAN at House of Fraser houseoffraser.co.uk
Tip 6: Optical Illusion
These dresses have been a favourite on the red carpet ad now the high street has followed suit. The panelling gives the illusion of smaller hips and a tiny waist. Stock up!
Jasmaii – Geo pint dress, £118.00 Ted Baker tedbaker.com
Tip 7: Pencil Skirts
It’s the uniform of the stereotypical sexy secretary and there’s a reason why. This shape is a classic and there’s a reason its stuck around for so long. Like the wrap dress this shape is flattering on all body shapes. Don’t believe us – try it for yourself.
Leather pencil skirt, £130.00 BOUTIQUE at Topshop topshop.com
Tip 8: High-Waisted
High waisted pieces are flattering because they sit at your natural waist which tends to be the narrowest part of your torso. Pair with heels to make your legs appear longer.
High-waisted wide trousers, £19.99 Zara zara.com
Tip 9: Tuck It In
By tucking your top into your bottoms (and pulling it out a little bit ) you create some volume just above the waist thus making it appear smaller.
Top 10: Volume
Creating volume on your top half and bottom half is also a great way to trick the eye. This is because the eye is instantly drawn elsewhere – away from your waist. A loose blouse tucked into a full skirt is a great example of this.
Plumeti silk-blend blouse, £29.99 Mango mango.com
Satin full skirt, £28.00 Oasis oasis-stores.com