When looking back at a post on celebrating International Women’s Day, I noticed how using one simple trick happened to make you taller and slimmer. The post was about how I love the simple and elegant style that French women seem to be able to create effortlessly. Their style looks like it just happened, and that is part of the appeal.
* This post was originally published in March 2021 and has been updated.
I noticed that when you dress the top half and the bottom half of your body in the same color, you create a longer vertical line which helps you appear taller and slimmer. If you are 6’4″ and would rather not appear taller, then you might not want to try dressing in this manner. But, for the rest of us, this one simple trick might be one that you will enjoy.
Using prints to help you look taller and slimmer
You can use prints to help you look taller and slimmer in two ways. You can wear a printed top and bottom that are the same print. Or, you can add a printed item and a solid item in the same color. The eye still moves up and down easily since the column has the same background color, even though a print has been introduced. Honestly, I usually add my prints as a cardigan or a ruana.
Here are some examples of how you can use prints to make you look taller and slimmer. Click on the photo below to go to the retailer.
What color will help you look taller and slimmer?
The truth is, any color will work for creating a taller and slimmer illusion. Many people prefer black since dark colors recede and give a slimming effect, but all colors will work. It works even better when your shoes are also the same color as the outfit, especially if they are pointy toes since that elongates your leg.
Create a column of color
You can create a column of color by using one piece of clothing, such as a dress or jumpsuit, or with two separate clothing pieces that are the same color. However, you don’t want to break the vertical line with either look by adding a belt of a different color. You might notice below that I just broke the belt rule. The reason this look still works to make you look taller and slimmer is that the belt is not a color that catches your eye. A black belt works for this outfit, but a brown, red, or ivory belt wouldn’t.
Variations for looking taller and slimmer
By now, you’ve caught on to the column of color, whether it is a solid color or a print. But, besides the solid and print variations, you can also do a variation where the top and bottom don’t match. I know that sounds completely the opposite of what I said above. If I wore a white jacket and a camel camisole, the outfit would still work for helping me look taller and slimmer. The column of color would be the jacket and the pants instead of the top and pants. Here are some examples where the top and bottom don’t match, and clicking on the photo will take you to the retailer.
I have a lot of camisoles in my closet. Some of my camisoles are solid-colored, some have lace, and some have prints and patterns. I think that everyone needs a few basic camisoles and then some “fun” camisoles to add some spice to their wardrobe. I usually pick a size large when I order a camisole since I don’t want any belly rolls to show through, and if possible, I look for ones that had adjustable straps. That allows me to decide how low I want my neckline to be. Here are a few for you to consider.
These ecru fly-front ankle pants are some of my favorites, but they are an older pair and are sold out. I love the color of these pants, and I love the length, also. These pants are perfect for work, church, baby showers, or any other time you want to look polished and put together.
Camel and white are some of my favorite color combinations. It is such a beautiful and classic combo, and I think it looks elegant when worn together. The camel blazer is an old one that I pulled from the back of my closet. I have a thing for blazers, so I have lots of them in several colors and prints.
You will hardly ever see me wearing a blazer all buttoned up because I like a blazer to hide my waist instead of accentuating it. I added my camel-colored heels and LV handbag to tie the camel color together in the look.
I love wearing neutral color heels since they help to make me look taller and slimmer by elongating my legs. This high heel shoe has sold out, but this kitten heel version is still available. I have found that shoes from J. Crew run at least a half size large, so I sized down to an 8 1/2, and they fit me perfectly.
The most important thing is to feel good in your own skin and embrace your unique style. Experiment with different looks and find what works best for you! You’re a fabulous, fashionable woman, and you deserve to feel like it!
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