How to look amazing when you’re losing weight

by Sylvia

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Loving your body during your weight loss journey is key to a successful journey. Too often, women run away from stylish looks because they are waiting to reach their weight goal. As you lose weight, clothing does not fit the same anymore and a resistance to either buying new pieces or tweaking your current wardrobe develops.

It’s actually proven that by spending time appreciating your body and looking great with what you choose to wear, you develop a healthier body image and are more likely to reach your goal.

In this article, we show you a few tips to remain looking chic during your weight loss journey and share a few hacks to create a leaner and longer silhouette.

The best tip we can offer, however, is the important truth that loving yourself and your body is always the foundation for truly looking amazing.

Four ways to stay stylish during your weighloss journey

1 . Organize (and shop) your closet

It may sound like a constant mantra, but there is truth to shopping your closet.

Take the time to inventory every single item in your closet. Chances are, you’ll find some lovely gems that fit you or with a few tweaks will look great on your new size at each milestone. Take a look at our article on shopping your own closet for a few tips and tricks to get started.

2. Celebrate the milestones

If you hold off on buying anything until you reach your desired weight, you could actually be doing more harm than good.

You know how you have milestones on the weight loss journey that you celebrate? Get yourself a few pieces to add to that celebration. It will make you feel great to see yourself in new clothing that is a smaller size than your previous milestone. Extra points to you for getting items you can get tailored when you reach your goal.

3. Use a few simple tricks to create a slimmer silhouette

Having fun with style during your weight loss journey should never take a back seat.

There are a number of hacks (we discuss 13 below) that can create an instantly slimming effect and allow you to play around with clothes you already own and looks you’ve been tempted to try. By focusing on how you can create chic new looks, you learn to love the body you’re in, as opposed to just focusing on the body you want.

4. Get “smart” material

Purchasing items that can provide a “customizable” fit is always a great option.

Material, such as jersey, is great for dresses, tops, pants, and skirts that can adjust to various sizes. There are a number of great looking kersey options that can adjust to your shrinking size over time, and still allow you to look your absolute best during your journey.

13 hacks to instantly create a slimmer look

As we discussed above, a few tricks and tips can guide you to creating lengthening and slimmer looks. Most of these use clothing you already have in your closet and push you to get excited about looking your best today.

1. Embrace monochromatic looks

Wearing one color from top to bottom can make you look instantly slimmer. When you select quality fabric and well fitting pieces, not only is the look chic, but it also creates a long line of a solid color (with no breaks) that lengthens your look. Step outside the comfort of just black and try this look with other colors like all white or a softer pink.

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2. Go for the bronze

This isn’t advice to go slather a ton of bronze products all over your face. Instead, when used strategically bronzers can sculpt and highlight the right areas on your face and body to create a slimming effect. By applying a bronzer and highlighter duo, you can create sharper lines and slimming depths. For more info check our articles on how to illuminate your face and how to contour your face.

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3. Select shoes in your skin tone

An age old fashion rule, wearing shoes in your skin shade keep the length going and make your legs look instantly taller. Don’t just think you can achieve this look with heels. Flats and boots in your skin tone can also create a lengthening look.

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4. Get straight to the point

Pointed toe shoes with a bit of a heel can also go a long way in making your legs look longer and leaner, which in turn elongates your silhouette. Even a small heel can achieve the effect.

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5. Keep it open

The structure of a blazer can actually work wonders to sharpen a bit of the more round features you might not be such a fan of. Wearing an open blazer over a flattering top creates a play on proportions that can actually have a slimming effect.

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6. V-necks are your friend

V-necks have a powerful skill of guiding eyes to your most flattering features. A v-neck brings eyes up to the exposed skin and collarbone. The v-neck shape also helps to elongate your torso, which is a definite win for a leaner look.

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7. Get vertical

Do not run away from stripes. Whether they are flattering or not all depends on the type of stripe you have selected. If you are going for an elongated look, a vertical stripe is your best bet. It creates a trompe l’oeil like effect that actually works to make you look longer and leaner.

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8. Keep it under wraps

Wrap style dresses, tops, and skirts are an amazing investment (especially while you are on the weight loss journey). Not only are they super flattering (they highlight what you love and conceal areas you don’t love as much), true wrap pieces can also provide a customizable fit that adjusts to your changing shape.

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9. Go for the dark side

Dark pants in a flattering shade are such an instant approach to making yourself leaner. Much like a monochromatic look, when you combine a solid darker hue with a flattering cut, you are actually able to create a solid vertical line of coloring that elongates the silhouette.

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10. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

Accessories are your best friend and such an easy hack. Earrings, necklaces, and scarves all magically draw the eye upward and provide an endless amount of opportunities to experiment. If finding the best accessories for your body type and any type of event is something you are passionate about, I recommend my accessories course.

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11. Belt it out

A strategically placed belt can actually work wonders when it comes to creating a flattering silhouette. A belt is also your best bet when your tops and dresses get loose as you lose weight. Create a more defined waist and a new style by belting your looser items. For more on wearing belts, take a look at this article.

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12. Colorblock it

Through the simple technique of colorblocking, you can literally force the eye to take in the type of shape you create. Contrasting colors that are strategically placed can create a covetable hourglass shape that also makes you look longer and leaner. This is especially powerful when you go for colorblocking looks such as panels on dresses or sharp contrasts at the waist with a belt that breaks up a solid color or pattern.

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13. Walk the A-line

Considered to be one of the most universally flattering looks, an a-line shape on a dress or skirt is a golden opportunity to create the perfect silhouette. When they hit right above the knee, they create a great hourglass shape and also work wonders to conceal any trouble spots you might not be a big fan of.

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Love the looks featured in this post? Shop them below!

How do you keep a stylish closet while losing weight? What are your secrets for creating a slimmer look?

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Tami Von Zalez

I have a number of summer shifts that don’t depend on my size whether they fit or not. Come winter that will be another story depending on how successful I am at shedding the extra pounds. I have one Anne Taylor suit I just love but I think either I will need to tailor the skirt or send it to the Great Thrift Shop Beyond.

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Sherry Edwards

I think and feel my slimmest wearing heels, plain monotone clothes with a jacket and belt.

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