Style tips and fashion hacks to looking slimmer

Say goodbye to those uncomfortable bulges and work your look with these style tips that actually work

Recently I found myself on a little holiday where confidence about my curvier frame hit an all time low. I was stressing about every little jiggle or tummy roll. I stared at my naked self in the bathroom and wondered how I was going to pull off such trickery where I could look slimmer than I felt, and harness a new found confidence.

Through my distress I discovered a few hacks that I have to share with you. Sometimes a few kilos over our normal weight is inevitable. Party season, Christmas, indulgent vacations – it happens. But when there’s little time to hit the gym and work it off – you need to rely on your trusted wardrobe and a few styling tips to hide those drama filled-flaws and accentuate your best assets.

Here are the few essentials to ensure you’re at peak flawless when you need to impress – well, you know what I mean.

Katfans or shift dresses

A brightly coloured or boldly printed kaftan oozes immediate glamour. It will take you from a 5 to a 10 in approximately 2.5 seconds. (Give or take, wink, wink) The secret to this magic trick is it hides a multitude of sins and will have you looking effortlessly chic without even trying.

As for a shift dress, it simply skims over those concerned areas. Opt for a block colour or a more subtle print. We’re not looking for a 60s return, so choose a style that sits just above or below the knee. Stick to a block colour or a subtle print. Then team with a few of your favourite accessories to customise and modernise your look.

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Oversized top with a figure hugging skirt

You’ll be surprised how an oversized top that floats over a troublesome tummy area can work wonders when teamed with a fitted skirt. Not only does it speak volumes about your style but it also means you get to sit, stand or even dance in comfort. The best way to prevent you looking like a tent or muffin is to ensure that all proportions are well balanced. The oversized top should skim over the tummy and end just below your hips. The fitted skirt should sit just above or below the knee. Anything in-between will cut you off and make you look frumpy. To finish the look and add some sex appeal with a hair flicking blow out and strappy stilettos.

Long necklace with a statement pendant

You probably just read that and thought, what? Well, let me explain myself. Necklaces that hang around the bellybutton area will elongate your torso and have you appearing taller and thinner. I know! Team your new bestfriend with an off the shoulder top or cocktail dress and watch the illusion. Sheer brilliance, I say!

Belts that accentuate the right areas

Honestly, belts and women are often in a love hate relationship. Sometimes it can make you look all hourglass like and sometimes it looks like a train-wreck. My biggest hate is when it draws attention to my un-toned belly and I feel like the jiggle is amplified.

Depending on your frame, (busty girls, stay away from this trick), I tend to wear my belt a little higher on my rib catch rather than on my waist. Everything tends to stay in place. I also find that skinnier belts like to create more rolls on my figure – so I prefer to work a thicker belt. And elastic is more forgiving and ends up contouring the body rather than fighting against it.

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Play with different belt styles and find out where the best place to wear them is on your figure. Hips? Waistline? The biggest secret to styling your outfit like a pro is proportions.

Confidently play with fashion and make it work for you. Like we've discussed here, wave goodbye to those uncomfortable bulges and embrace your body with these style tips that actually work!