Ever pondered on how you can spot-reduce , i.e reduce certain areas of your body while highlighting the more flattering ones? Haven’t we all pondered about this like Brain and guess what, work outs don’t work this out. Weight loss via aerobics or what have-you , usually affect all areas of your body. So once you start loosing weight be rest assured that all areas of your body will reduce in size and that includes your juicy jugs and bouncy bums. You can’t have it all they say!
Albeit a lot of people cut corners by going under the knife to add some artificial boost, but not everyone wants to go down that road.
Just came across some interesting hot tips and could not resist a share.
For those who want to appear slimmer than they look, cut down the appearance of flab and folds in certain areas, here’s how you can tone down the appearance of how bulky you think you might look . Not just in certain areas but your whole shape to be exact.
Using what you already have to get what you want in the meanwhile…
And by that I mean your clothes, accessories, even under garments and make up… yes you heard me right Africanistas. Make up!
It ain’t rocket science…
Where there is a will, there is a woman so brace yourselves and quickly assimilate these few style tricks compiled with the help of Wikihow .
Make Sure Your Underwear Fits
(For Stomach, Thigh, Upper back and Butt Reduction)
This is most important when buying a bra. A good fitting bra helps to shape not only your breasts but keeps the areas across your breasts and upper back nicely tucked in. Wearing the wrong size bra can create cutting lines that dig into your skin and cause your bust to spill out from the top. If you can get your bra size professionally measured the better for you.
Squeezing yourself into underwear that is too small can create bulges and panty lines that can be seen through pants and other garments.Buy seamless underwear and ensure they are your right size. Half body bras are a great buy.
Avoid panties with no support. Thin Bikini bottoms and Thongs prevent panty lines, they cover the bare minimum and offer no lift or support to your derriere.
Try boy shorts, briefs, and other styles that help pull in your buttocks, stomach, and thighs. These cuts can help create a tighter, smoother appearance for your backside.
If you want extra help creating a shapely figure and keeping your excess weight in check, try a body shaping underwear such as waist trainers, full body shape wear etc .
These undergarments can slip over your stomach, thighs, chest, arms, and rear and help prevent these areas from jiggling around too much. You don’t have to wear them all the time but when they are most required as your comforts dictate.
Tights with top control mechanism:
Control-top under tights work extremely well to keep your midsection flat, especially when wearing dresses and skirts. These types of tights usually have a tall, thick layer at the top hem designed to stretch over your stomach and keep everything in place.This creates a smoother look that will make your dress or skirt look more flattering.
Choose Flattering Outfits
(For full body, Thighs , Stomach reduction and other areas you choose)
Buy the right size clothes:
Clothes that are too small and tight will show every area of excess your body has. On the other hand, clothes that are too big and baggy will make you look wider and heavier than you actually are. Only clothes that fit you properly will flatter you. That means trying clothes on at the store.Just because a size tag claims a shirt is a certain size, doesn’t mean that that shirt is going to fit you the same as other shirts you have in that same size.If having your clothes fit you properly means getting you garments tailored, so be it.
Wear fitted clothing styles rather than clingy or baggy styles:
Avoiding overly tight and clingy clothes. Tight material will hug to your body and show every fold you have. When you’re trying to look slimmer, you should aim to draw attention away from excess skin, not display it. However, clothes that are too loose make you look frumpy and bigger than you actually are – which is unflattering. Select clothing that drapes over your frame rather than hanging off of it. You want your clothing to be fitted yet comfortably loose enough to follow along your body’s contours without smothering them.
Dark colors have a slimming effect:
Introduce dark shades into your wardrobe. Dark colored outfits has a slimming effect on you and can look especially nice with trousers, skirts, and dresses. All black looks can be flattering, but there is a fine line between looking chic and looking gloomy. If you decide to wear an all black look, incorporate a pop of color somewhere (blouse, shoes, lip color, purse, belt, etc.).
A good way to bring color and interest into your wardrobe is by including a variety of rich colors, from deep plum to dark olive and navy blue to chocolate brown.Strategically use dark colors to slim out your trouble areas, and bright colors to bring attention to your more flattering areas.
Blazers are great for upper body reduction:
A blazer is an easy way to cover up unflattering arms, but the vertical lines of the lapels create a nice elongation of your figure. An open blazer paired with V-neck shirt and dark jeans is an easy go-to outfit to quickly throw together.
Incorporate bold colors and patterns
As mentioned earlier, bold colors can accentuate your good areas and dark colors can conceal on your problem areas. Consider adding some bold color and print patterns into your wardrobe to mix things up. Be sure that you choose print patterns that are small – approximately the size of your fist.Bold patterns can distract the eye and camouflage your outline, causing the observer to notice the item of clothing instead of your size.Choose patterns in bright or deep colors, since patterns in light colors may actually draw further attention to your imperfections and make you look larger.
Stock up on Monochromatic colored outfits, V-necks, Vertical details in stripes, avoid horizontal details
Large blocks of solid color draw the eye up and down rather than side to side. As a result, the eye takes in more height than width, causing you to appear thinner and taller V-neck outfits, vertical necklines to draw the eye up and down, elongating and narrowing your torso.
Avoid horizontal necklines, like crew necks and boat necks, since these may make your shoulders and bust look wider.
Think pinstripes, pleats, and vertical zippers, and avoid horizontal stripes or rows of embellishments. Vertical details prompt the eye to look up and down instead of side to side, which helps create the illusion of slenderness.
Balance out your legs with flared pants:
Skinny jeans and other trousers with a tapered leg draw attention to your hips and upper leg, which can make your top look heavy. Instead, look for straight-leg, boot-cut, and other pant styles with a slight flare.These styles pull the eyes down and away, creating an overall leaner look.
Wear A-line, knee-length skirts and dresses:
A-line skirts are fitted at the hip and upper thigh, but flare out toward the knee, creating a balanced look juxtaposed to your legs. Knee-length skirts are the most universally flattering, but many mid-calf styles may also work well depending on your height.
Get footwear that emphasize slenderness
( For slender looking legs and an appearance of a trim frame)
Try a high heel or platform:
High heels make your leg look long and lean, and a leaner-looking leg helps create a leaner look overall. If you have wide feet, strappy sandals and flats will only accentuate the heft of your foot.
Your heels don’t have to be stilettos, but a thinner, two-inch heel or more, can help elongate the look of your legs. Try a pointed toe with a lower vamp (area that cover your toes) and avoid squared toes.
If you prefer flats wear them usually with cropped trousers or short skirts as revealing your legs will create a lengthening effect. A combination of dark colored pants over flat shoes also help to add a slimming effect to what could have been an otherwise fattening mix.
Avoid shoes with ankle straps:
Ankle straps place a horizontal line at the top of your foot, which cuts off your leg and makes it look shorter. A shorter looking leg reduces the illusion of overall skinniness.
Wear shoes that match the color of your legs.
Shoes matching your leg’s skin tone will create the illusion of longer legs.
Accessorize To Show Length Rather Than width
Adorn your jewelry in the vertical direction:
Think bright, sassy, long necklaces. Stick with jewelry and other accessories that create a vertical look, and avoid horizontal accessories like chokers that may make your neck or other features look thicker.
Try a belt:
Even though it creates a horizontal line across your body, a fashionable belt tied around your natural waist may emphasize the narrowness of your waist and create a flattering, slim silhouette. Stick with narrow belts rather than wider belts. This will encourage that your waist looks cinched, rather than bound. Ensure your belt is not too tight.
Make Up And Do Your Hair In Styles That Draw Attention To Your Face
A touch of eye shadow or a popping shade of lipstick keeps the focus on your face and off your body. Be sure to keep your eyebrows nicely arched and shaped and to cover up and under eye circles that could appear to drag your face down.
However, you don’t wear too much make-up. Just add a bit of color to one feature at a time—usually either your eyes or your lips—and keep the rest of your make-up looking natural.
Considering pulling your hair up and away from your face. You could tease the crown of you head to give some volume, while tying your hair into a smooth ponytail,
Various hairstyles which highlight facial features abound, like buns, corn rows etc.
3 Additional Tips To Note !
Hide problem areas:
For instance, if you carry excess weight in your stomach, look for peplum tops and dresses that flare out and can be paired with a high waisted a-line skirt. Additionally, wrap shirts and dresses can help cinch your waist and cover up bulky areas. Lean toward clothing that carefully masks your problem areas without adding too much bulk.
Avoid placing details over your problem areas:
If you carry excess weight in your thighs, look for bottoms with few pockets and no embellishments on the hip. Details draw attention, and any part of your body covered in visual detailing will look more noticeable.
Accentuate your positive features:
If you have strong legs and are proud of them, highlight them by raising your skirt’s hemline a few inches. If you have a well-defined waist, look for nipped, high waisted waistlines and belts that really call attention to it. By drawing attention to the most slender parts of your body, you create the illusion of overall slenderness and confidence.
Culled from http://www.wikihow.com