Dress Thinner For Your Body Type

By Stacy Cox, Fashion Stylist & Beauty Expert Stacy has appeared on The View, The Doctors and E! News. She is known for explaining how to tailor the rules of fashion to look and feel your best.

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If you’re not at your target weight, you can fake it until you make it! Use these tips to dress instantly thinner for your body type.

Problem Area: Big Bottom

Common Problems

Wearing a top that's too short and doesn't camouflage your bottom is a recipe for disaster.

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Let your fingertips be your guide. Relax your hands by your sides and select tops that graze your fingertips. These tops will be long enough to conceal your big bottom. Tunics are a great choice. Opt for flared-leg jeans, which draw people's eyes down, away from your rear end.

Bonus Tips

  • Avoid anything white or ivory.
  • Avoid anything high-waisted.
  • Look for shirts with interesting backs.
  • Team a plain skirt with a print shirt, the distraction will work to your advantage.

Problem Area: Big Tummy

Common Problems

Clothes that are either too tight or too baggy will highlight your mid-section.

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One of the best secrets to conceal a big tummy is a sheath dress! Choose ones made with jersey material. Go with a dark colored sheath dress and a lighter-colored jacket. You can also look for a dress with vertical darting. Remember that fitted blazers are great in further creating a pretty silhouette. You can also wear them with both dresses and jeans to get more bang for your buck!

Bonus Tips

  • Slimming shaper undergarments are key when trying to minimize your belly! 
  • A-line tops are a great choice.
  • Avoid drawstring pants or waists; they will make you look even bigger.
  • Tunic tops can conceal, but be sure you select the right size that's appropriate for you. Don't go too big.
  • Find pants with side closures.
  • Oblique crunches will help to tighten this area.

Big Arms/Big On Top

Common Problems

Cap sleeves or anything sleeveless will actually make your arms look bigger! Also, be careful with strapless dresses that cut you across the chest, tube tops and tight tank tops, which can all highlight dreaded back fat.

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You can find shaping garments for your arms. They are perfect to layer under sleeveless tops and dresses, allowing you to add new items from your closet.

Bonus Tips

  • Be sure your bra is fitting you properly. Most women need to go at least one band size up and one cup size down.
  • Push-ups are one of the best ways to tone upper arms. If you go to the gym and see a rowing machine, try it out, it's another great arm-toning apparatus.
  • Choose shrugs with the dolman sleeves over anything sleeveless.
  • Avoid thin fabrics like charmeuse.

Big Legs or Thighs

Common Problems

Pants that are too small causes fabric to pulls tightly across your thighs, making your problem area appear larger.

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Target looks and clothes that accentuate your waist and play down your legs! Opt for pants a size bigger then you might normally purchase with a wide leg. Make sure they offer up a flow and elongate your leg without the fabric pulling or feeling too tight. Have a couple power jackets in your arsenal with longer proportions that cover your thighs. Think bright colors and strong prints. If you have a smaller waist, show it off.  Try tops with ruching and gathers that pull you in and highlight your waist. Try wearing a statement necklace that draws our attention upwards, away from your lower half!

Bonus Tips

  • Shop for Maxi skirts, opaque tights, wide-leg pants and boot-cut jeans.
  • Avoid shorts, bright-colored bottoms and large patterns on your lower half.
  • Take denim, wool, cotton or any of your pants and sew or use fabric glue to add a dark-hued strip of ribbon or fabric down the side legs of your pants. It creates a tuxedo-like effect which not only dresses a pair of pants you might be falling out of love with, but it also helps to elongate your legs and create a slenderizing illusion!

Big All Over


Common Problems

Wearing clothes that are too baggy and oversized often makes you look even bigger.

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The secret is to highlight your body, not to hide it! There's a common misconception that bigger women should wear voluminous clothes cover everything. Emphasize your curves instead. Opt for tailored pieces that define your midsection and flattered your bust. Wearing a fitted skirt and fitted top with a little flair at bottom of the top created a pulled together statement outfit.

Bonus Tips

  • If you love the little black dress, remember to add your personality into the equation and pop the black with some fun colors! Yellow, green and bright blue are really popular right now.
  • Belts are your friend. They actually add curves to your figure where sometimes they don't naturally exist.
  • Turtlenecks can create double chins, and cowl-necks often drape poorly. Go for an open neckline, where is skin is smooth and taut. Show if off!
  • Keep a pair of nude closed or peep toe pumps in your fashion arsenal. These shoes will make you taller, improve your posture and visually take a few pounds off your frame.
  • Get a tan! Purchase a self-tanning spray or lotion. Looking tan will help you look taller, thinner and healthier.

Article written by Stacy Cox
Fashion, beauty and lifestyle expert for The Dr. Oz Show, The View, Marie (Osmond) and E! News. Stacy owns Pampered People in Los...