How to Dress to Look Thinner

According to Stacy London, cohost of TLC's What Not to Wear, it's easy to look 10 or 15 pounds lighter by following this timeless "clothes diet."

View as Slideshow

Lay off the loose to look thinner.

Lay off the loose to look thinner.
"The biggest misconception is that looser clothes make you look smaller," says London. "Instead, dress in a way that's tailored but not tight." In fact, a good tailor can be your best ally, making a $30 dress look like it cost $200. "Cut is even more important than dark colors when it comes to having a slimming effect," she adds.

Build a firm foundation.

Build a firm foundation.
"Well-fitting undergarments always make you look thinner," says London. So get over your reservations about control-top panty hose and other slimmers. Sassybax markets a variety of these products, including bras that eliminate the dreaded back-fat bulge. Guys can also benefit from this logic by wearing compression tops from manufacturers such as Under Armour beneath dress shirts. ("Just make sure they're comfortable and don't rupture any internal organs," notes London.)

Bisect with a belt.

Bisect with a belt.
It may sound illogical, but if you have a tummy or a beer belly, your best tactic is to have a belt cut across it. Not higher (looks old), not lower (looks sloppy), but smack through the middle. "It creates a shorter torso and a longer leg line," explains London, "which makes you look taller and leaner." The same logic applies to shirts. Instead of letting them hang around your thighs, keep them at the top of your hips (or higher) to preserve a slimming leg line.

Content continues below ad

Accessorize to your assets.

Accessorize to your assets.
If you're not happy with your bottom half, don't wear bold bracelets that call attention to it when your arms are down. Instead, wear a bold necklace or earrings that draw the focus upward.

Consider a car coat for a thinner statement.

Consider a car coat for a thinner statement.
It's a great way for women to disguise a tummy or hips. "Choose one that hits above the knee and is tailored at the shoulder," says London. "Then wear it open in order to create a strong vertical column from top to bottom. The coat will cut off your wider parts and give you a nice slimming silhouette."

Want to stay smart and healthy?

Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.