Slimming Wardrobe Secrets

By Stacy Cox, Fashion Stylist and Beauty Expert

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What's the biggest mistake curvy women make when dressing themselves? Is it possible to dress to look closer to a size 6 when you're a size 16? The answer is yes. But you’ve got to make the right moves first. The biggest mistake I see ladies make time and time again is wearing clothes that are too big for them. They think this will camouflage their size issues. But, in reality, larger clothes end up making you look even bigger! 

You have to decide what your physical strengths are and dress to play them up. Is it your legs? Waist? Face? Think about it and get input from people you trust. And get this: Even the Size-6s are wearing body smoothers and shapers underneath their clothes and their evening gowns to help make them look even thinner! Have a game plan ready when you shop, and you’ll be successful in dressing for everyday and special events.

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Watch Out For: Imbalanced proportions! Elastic and drawstring pants are the enemy because they're too loose and do nothing for your figure. Watch out for tees that are too tight also. Between the pants and the tee you're playing up your stomach and thighs, the very area we need to smooth out.

Slimming on the Outside: Every woman, no matter what size, needs a little black dress or "LBD.” Look for jersey fabrics that give a little but also hug your shape at the same time. LBDs that have pretty gathering on the waist and hips are figure-flattering. Plus, you can always create a slimmer silhouette with a bright blazer on top. The biggest secret here is added shoulder pads. Similar to a facelift, I consider it a "clothes lift,” raising fabric off of the belly and elongating the torso.

Slimming Underneath: A high-waisted thigh slimmer contours, shapes and smoothes every area that needs it, from belly to the butt and thighs.

Insider Tips


Find the perfect bra! The right bra works wonders; it not only supports and enhances your bust, it actually improves the way clothes look on your body. Think of possibly going one band size down and one cup size up!

Pumps and peep toes – wear them in nude and beige tones. Adding a few inches to your height instantly improves your posture and magically makes you look slimmer.

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...