Thank you Shelly and everyone at San Antonio Living for having me on the show!
This TV segment will appear on San Anonio Living (WOAI, Channel 4) on February 27, 2009. To watch it, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
No matter how attractive a woman is, more often than not, she doesn’t like what she sees in the mirror. We spend lots of energy trying fad diets, starting exercise programs, or just beating ourselves up about the way our bodies look. There is another way! You can make yourself look thinner just by changing your clothing.
Many women just choose the wrong clothing. Either we wear clothes that are too loose to cover up imperfections. Or we insist on wearing a certain size and look like we’re bursting out of our too tight clothes. We think we’re hiding our flaws but we are really making ourselves look 10 to 30 pounds heavier than we really are.
Today I brought along 3 women who would like to change their bodies. We’re going to make them look thinner just by changing their clothing. We aren’t even going to use Spanks!
Model 1 – Hips & Thighs
Michelle just had a baby. She used to be a size 2 and is now a size 8. She’d like to reduce her hips and thighs. Here’s what we did to create the illusion of smaller hips and thighs:
– Shrank her hips with wider leg pants and by expanding her shoulders (puffy sleeves)
– Showed off her small waist by emphasizing her ribcage (tailored vest)
– Divert attention away from her hips by bringing the focus to her upper body and feet (bright color and detail)
– Made her thinner over all by making her look taller – upper body lengthened with V-neckline and vertical lines, legs lengthened with really long pants and platform heels
Melissa’s outfit is from Macy’s: INC knit shirt ($24), XOXO Vest ($44), Kenneth Cole Jeans ($99), Rocket Dog Platforms ($59)
Model 2 – Tummy
Beverly is the business manager for sculptor Pablo Solomon. She is a size 8 and would like to minimize her tummy. Here’s what we did to create the illusion of a smaller tummy:
– Camouflaged the tummy (with flat pleats, or rouching)
– Showed off her small waist by emphasizing her ribcage
– Divert attention away from tummy by bringing the focus to her upper body (jewelry) & legs
– Made her thinner over all by making her look taller (Upper body lengthened by V-neckline and pendant necklace. Legs lengthened with high heels)
Beverly’s outfit is from Macy’s: Adrianna Pappel dress ($160) and Kenneth Cole shoes ($99)
Model 3 – Thick Torso (no waist)
Sarah (me) is a size 12-14 and would like to create a waist to make torso look thinner.
Here’s what we did to create the illusion of a smaller waist
– Broaden shoulders (reveal skin at shoulders)
– Boaden hips (A-line skirt)
– Emphasize ribcage (this is the smallest part of a woman’s body)
– Camouflaged the tummy (with flat gathers)
– Divert attention away from torso by bringing the focus to her upper body (jewelry) and legs
– Made her thinner over all by making her look taller (upper body lengthened by V-neckline and legs lengthened with shoes with heels)
Sarah’s dress is by Alberto Makali (Dillard’s, $178)
The tricks to Dressing Yourself Skinny (TM):
– Avoid horizontal lines (makes us look wider) & create lots of V’s (makes us look taller)
– Divert attention to your assets so you don’t look at your flaws
– Make yourself taller with long pants and heels (even ½” heel makes a difference)
– Balance your proportions so your hips and shoulders appear to be the same width and waist looks smaller
Click on the link to watch the segment