We all want to look our best, and what we wear can have a huge impact on our overall appearance. February is typically a time when many of us are carrying a few extra pounds from the holidays, so the last thing we need is for our clothing choices to make us look bigger than we actually are. Today I’m going to point out 7 style mistakes that make you look bigger and how to fix them.
Obviously squeezing into something that is too small is only going to accentuate extra pounds, and most of us know that. What you might not realize is that wearing your clothing too big can also make you look larger than you really are…I call this adding visual weight.
Many times in an attempt to hide some extra weight, women wear clothing that is too big or baggy and it doesn’t do us any favors. Wearing a tent that completely hides our shape actually adds pounds that aren’t even there.
Instead, opt for clothing that skims the body and shows your shape. If you need to size up one pants size, don’t let the number bother you. It’s better to look nice in your clothes than to just fit into a certain size.
Mixing the wrong proportions is another common style mistake that can make you look bigger. What do I mean by this? For example, if you are wearing an oversized top or sweater (which are very on trend right now) make sure you balance that out with a more fitted bottom, such as leggings or skinnies.
Vice versa, if you are wearing a more fitted top, then this is a good time to wear a more voluminous silhouette on the bottom such as wide leg pants or jeans.
My skinny pants are the wildly popular Grace Karin Paper Bag Waist Pants from Amazon. They are still available, and I get compliments almost every time I wear them. I also have them in red! I also linked some more traditional skinny black pants if you don’t like the paper bag style waist.
If you prefer the wide leg pants, then choose a more tailored style like this button down top from Amazon.
This may seem counterintuitive, but tucking in your shirt can actually make you look smaller. Even if your tummy is a problem area, a slight front tuck will be more flattering in most cases. Resist the urge to hide behind a shapeless garment. Tucking in your shirt is also great for women with short torsos, and it will give the illusion of a longer torso and longer legs.
Still skeptical? Go on Pinterest and do a search for curvy fashion or plus size fashion and you will see that no matter what size the women are, they usually define their waist.
My plaid shirt is from Loft and is currently an extra 60% off the markdown price making it a steal! It’s also still available in all sizes (I’m wearing a medium).
If you don’t like to tuck your shirt, another tip to look slimmer is to belt your top or dress. Here are a couple of examples:
Not wearing the right undergarments can also add visual weight. A common mistake many women make is not wearing the right size bra. If you have never been properly fitted for a bra, then I urge you to do so. Most women are wearing the wrong size and have no idea.
My favorite place to shop for bras is Soma. The ladies there are very helpful and they will measure you for the best fit. Let me speak just a moment to the large busted ladies like myself. Keeping the girls lifted and in place can be a challenge, but it will make such a difference in how your clothes fit and how you look in them. You don’t have to wear underwire to achieve a lifted look. I hate underwire, and I refuse to wear any bra with wire.
The Soma Enbliss Bralette is what I wear every day, and it gives me plenty of support. It also has a nice back smoothing quality that I appreciate. This bra is so comfortable that I could sleep in it, yet it gives me lift and support. Of course, I think any woman would enjoy this bra whatever size you might be.
Also, don’t forget about shapewear. There is an option for any problem area you want to target, so find what makes you feel the most confident.
Puffer jackets and sherpa jackets/pullovers are two things that can also make you look bigger than you are. They look cute on stick skinny models, but most women have trouble pulling off this look.
This is especially true if you are built like me and have broad shoulders and a large chest. Sherpa pullovers are another popular trend that can really make you look bulky. I have even shared a few styles in previous blog posts, but just choose them carefully if you are already bigger up top.
Instead, opt for a coat or jacket that is more tailored, like this one from Walmart. It is by Time and Tru and comes in several colors. If you need a coat for extreme cold weather, then try to find one that is as least puffy as possible. In the end, warmth is more important.
Midi length dresses and skirts are very popular, but they can add visual weight if the length is not in proportion to your body type. A hemline that hits at the ankle can make a woman look wider, especially if you are petite.
Solution: Instead try a skirt or dress that hits right above or right below the knee. These are generally more flattering and will make your legs look longer.
If you do wear a midi length, opt for heels instead of flats. Here are some looks with midi dresses:
Another common mistake that can make you look bigger is layering incorrectly. Just like we need to balance baggy clothes with fitted ones, we need to balance fitted layers with loose layers.
A loose kimono or cardigan will look best layered with a fitted top or tank underneath. In contrast, a loose tee or blouse looks best with a fitted or more tailored blazer.
I hope you found this post helpful! If you enjoyed today’s post, I think you will like this one too. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive my emails…you will get subscriber only content and all new blog posts will be delivered to your inbox. Until next time…
Gina D from Texas | 3rd Feb 22
Terri | 3rd Feb 22
Very helpful tips!
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