Losing weight is not an easy thing to do. I know that many of us struggle with our weight and have made losing weight a New Year’s Resolution. Today’s post isn’t a post of “how” to lose weight; it is a post on how to look good in your clothing while you are in the process of losing weight.
Not everyone needs to lose weight, but everyone can still incorporate these tips. I am sure everyone has something in their closet that doesn’t fit well, whether it was a gift or an off-size purchase. For me, this gorgeous leopard print sweater dress was a miss-size on my part. I normally wear a size 12 in dresses, and I usually buy that size or a large when ordering. I was afraid that the sweater dress would fit too tightly, so I purchased the large.
This dress was ordered on Black Friday, but it didn’t arrive until the first of the year. Once I tried it on, it was obvious that it was way too big for me. Because I bought it at such a great price, I decided not to send it back since the postage, etc., would make it not worth my effort. Instead, I decided to show all of you how to take a piece of clothing that doesn’t exactly fit and make it look fabulous.
Okay, here we are back to the first photo that I posted. This turtleneck leopard print sweater dress swallows me whole. The dress is made to fall straight instead of a fitted silhouette. I don’t mind the dress not showing my rolls and bulges, but it is way too big under the arms. As I said earlier, I ordered a large in the dress, but a medium or possibly even a small would have worked.
WHY ADD A CARDIGAN
Did you see my blog post yesterday? This is the same cardigan that I showed you in that post, so you can see how versatile the cardigan is. Adding a cardigan works when you are trying to make your oversized clothing look better because it draws the eye inward. You will naturally look at the slim profile that runs down the front of the dress instead of focusing on the outside silhouette. The cardigan doesn’t allow your eye to see how wide your waist is, so it assumes that the slim column how wide you are.
The cardigan is a cashmere-blend, and it is super soft. I absolutely love how it feels, and the light oatmeal color is the perfect neutral. This is a piece of clothing that I will keep in my closet for years because it is well made, versatile, classic, and it feels luxurious when wearing it. I am wearing a size 1 in the cardigan, and it fits me great.
Here is a great look at the cardigan’s length, and it is another reason that I like it so well. It is long enough to hide your rear if you are wearing leggings, and it looks great when worn with dresses. A lot of times, a shorter cardigan looks out of place, but this length works great.
I have white, winter looking legs, so wearing tights or knee boots is my go-to look with a dress. I love seeing others wearing booties with dresses, but I would have to lather up with self-tanner, which is way too much trouble. A tall boot looks just as good, and I think it is flattering and modern looking, so I mainly choose. These neutral boots are last year’s model, so they aren’t currently available online. However, a few other boots are similar that I will link to so that you can still achieve the same look.
How a belt can help
When a shirt, sweater, or dress is too big on you, it can hang and create the illusion that you are bigger than you truly are. That is why you look thinner in outfits that fit closer to your body than you do in oversized and baggy clothing. Even though the baggy clothing doesn’t show your rolls, it creates the “illusion” that you are filling out the baggy space, and that makes you look bigger.
I don’t have a well-defined waistline since I am built like a ruler. So, for the most part, I stay away from belts because they draw your attention waist. But, the belt is the lesser of the two evils in this case. I would rather have a waistline defined (even if it is larger than I would like) than to have a baggy look. The belt can give me a waistline, but it can’t take care of the issue under my arms. As you can see in the photo above, the dress still looks oversized and too big on me.
I suggest buying a stretchy belt or having multiple holes so that you can adjust the belt as you gain and lose weight. Here are a few that would work for you.
In this photo, I added the cardigan and the belt, which took care of the issue under the arms. Jewelry also plays a big part in this outfit. The large multi-chain statement necklace draws your eye downward and helps to create the v-neck that I prefer. If I am wearing a turtleneck or a crewneck top, you will almost always see me wear a long necklace to create the v-neck look. Elongating my neck is the objective, and a longer neck helps me to look thinner. I also added the matching Ryder statement earrings to the look.
Clothing for the transition phase
You might want to make older clothing work for you after losing weight for a while, but you will eventually want to start purchasing a few items. While you are losing weight, you hate to invest a lot of money since you might continue to lose more weight. Here are a few items that I think would work for you in this transition phase. Wrap or faux wrap tops and sweaters are great when you are losing weight. Also, look for items that can be worn open, like the cardigan that I have on. Flare jeans are a great choice for jeans since they will help balance out the top and bottom, and almost everybody looks great in this style of pants.
Try pointy-toe shoes to help elongate your legs, and buy a neutral pair close to the shade of your legs to help your legs look longer.
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Congratulations if you’ve successfully lost those pesky extra pounds. Celebrate each milestone that you reach in your weight loss journey, and buy yourself a treat. Items like a new lipstick or nail polish are great for making you feel beautiful.
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