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Are you always on a diet?

Do you avoid full length mirrors?

Would you like a fool-proof way to appear slimmer?

According to a survey carried out by Warburtons Bakery, by the age of 45 the average woman has been on 61 diets. They go on to report that with the average diet lasting just 15 days as many as 35% of women gain more weight than they lost in the first place once the diet is over.

Depressing stuff huh?

A more effective way to feel more body confident is to ditch the diets and be kinder to yourself by making one or two realistic changes to your diet. Changes such as increasing your veg intake and drinking more water.

Then, grab a cup of tea and take 5 minutes to tune in to my straightforward, easy-to- follow tips on dressing slimmer.

There is a bucket load of advice in fashion magazines, on TV shows and on the web but it isn’t always easy to follow or terribly practical.

To simplify this for you, here are my 5 fool-proof tips that are designed to be easy to follow and super effective.


Tip 1 – Hemlines

Hemlines draw attention.

Wearing the correct sleeve length, top or jacket length and skirt or dress length is essential for drawing attention to the right parts of your body.

Get this wrong and you will make your larger parts appear voluminous.

Large bust – avoid a sleeve that finishes in line with your bust

Large tummy – avoid a top or jacket that finishes across your tum

Large hips – avoid a top or jacket that finishes across your hips

Large bottom – ….you know what I’m going to say?!


This jacket is cutting across the widest part of my model’s bottom, making it look wider.

Lady in pink jacket cut at a flattering length

This jacket length is much more flattering












Tip 2 – Use Colour

We all know that by painting a room in a light colour we can make it look bigger, whereas a darker colour will make a room look smaller, well it’s the same for your body. This doesn’t mean though that you have to stick exclusively to black outfits in the summertime – (see tip 3 for how to wear light colours well). With this in mind, decide whether your body is top heavy, bottom heavy or evenly balanced.

  • Top heavy – you carry more weight on your bust and or tummy and torso.

Wear a darker colour on your top half and a lighter one on your lower half. Beware of your hemline (see tip 1)

  • Bottom heavy – you carry more weight on your hips, thighs and/or bottom.

Wear a dark colour on your lower half and a light colour on your top half. Beware of your hemline (see tip 1)

  • Evenly balanced – you carry weight fairly evenly over your body. See tip 3.


Lady wearing white trousers and a dark top

White trousers are drawing attention to my model’s bottom, whilst the dark top is minimising her top half.

Lady wearing dark trousers and a lighter top

The darker trousers are slimming down my model’s lower half and the hemline of her top is slightly above her bottom which is much more flattering.












Tip 3 – Create a leaner silhouette

If you feel that you are big all over and would like to appear slimmer, a wonderful trick is to dress in one tone from top to toe (or shoulder to toe).

Dressing in this way creates a long, lean silhouette. Use accessories to add interest and a splash of colour without adding bulk or drawing attention to the wrong areas. It doesn’t matter whether your outfit is dark or light, the important bit is sticking to one tone.

Lady wearing a dark outfit

Dressing in a dark tone from head to toe creates a lovely lean shape














Tip 4 – Get the fit right

Your clothes need to fit you correctly if you are to look slimmer.

People who are overweight tend to buy their clothes a size (or more) too big in an attempt to hide everything. Unfortunately this doesn’t work.

It is much more effective to choose clothes that fit correctly and this might mean trying out different cuts and brands until you find the ones that work for your figure type.

Sometimes your clothes may benefit from a slight nip and tuck from a seamstress to create a perfect fit. It is worth spending a few pounds to improve the fit. Adjusting the length of a pair of trousers is easy to do so concentrate on getting the fit around your waist and hips right first.


Tip 5 – Walk tall in heels

Wearing a heel of at least two inches is a great way of looking slimmer as your figure is lengthened and you walk tall. If you find heels too uncomfortable, try chunky heels or wedges which are easier to wear.

When you are wearing heels, ensure that your trouser leg is long enough to cover the front of your shoe. Cropped trousers and ankle length hems will not be as slimming.

Match your tights or stockings and footwear to your hemline if you are wearing a skirt or dress. This avoids breaking up the line from your hemline to your toe which makes you look leaner.

In the summer, choose nude shoes for the same reason.


I would love to hear how you get on by following these tips.

If you like them please comment and share and don’t forget to come and find me on social media.

My comment button is at the top of the page to the right of the title.



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