If your moment to shine is tonight and you don’t have the magical powers it takes to melt away five pounds this instant, fret not. Here are a few things you can do now to look thinner and trimmer instantly:
Mind your posture.
Having good posture is the easiest way to look five pounds lighter (and a whole lot more confident). Your ears should be in line with your shoulders, and your chin parallel to the ground, rather than pointing up or down. Level your hips and tuck your tailbone to find a neutral spine position. Keep your feet parallel.
Heed key fashion 'don'ts.'
Forgo large prints (especially horizontal stripes) and pleated pants, which add bulk around your midsection.
Heed tried-and-true fashion 'dos.'
•Buy properly fitting bras and other “foundation garments.”
•Wear dark colors like navy, black, and gray (you’ll look even slimmer if you wear all one color).
•Draw eyes toward your best feature and away from your problem zones — if a thick middle is the problem, for example, wear a skirt that shows off your shapely legs.
•Buy appropriately sized clothing; you’ll look larger if you’re trying to squeeze into a too-small outfit or are draped in a big-top tent.
Drink lots of water.
It may sound counterintuitive, but the more water you drink, the less fluid you’ll retain, and the less bloated you’ll look. When your body doesn’t get as much water as it needs, it stores more water, which makes you look and feel swollen. Ample water intake also relieves constipation — you’ll look lighter around the middle by tonight!