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.
- Emilio Pucci silk shirt
- Rag & Bone white jeans
- Daya flats
- L’agence pencil skirt
- Iris and Ink ruffled top
- Via Spiga black sandals
- Roland Mouret pink wool jacket
- Roland Mouret pink wool pants
- Vince pink crepe top
- J. Renee pastel sandals
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.
- Chanel bronzer
- Charlotte Tilbury bronzer
- Giorgio Armani liquid summer bronzer
- Nars manoi bronzer
- Sonia Kashuk bronzer
- Charlotte Tilbury hydrating body shimmer
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.
- Cole Haan nude pumps
- Calvin Klein T-strap flat
- Louise et Cie pumps
- Michael Michael Kors ankle boots
- Athena Alexander pumps
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.
- Nine West slingback heels
- Trotters black pumps
- Marc Fisher Zala Pump
- Charles by Charles David Pump
- LK Bennet pointed toe wedges
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.
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.
- Velvet pale blue v-neck blouse
- Tibi white v-neck sleeveless blouse
- Topshop cold shoulder v-neck top
- Selected Femme v-neck shirt
- American Vintage v-neck top
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.
- Jaeger striped top
- Miss Selfridge stripe top
- Samsoe & Samsoe top
- Frank and Eileen striped chambray shirt
- Tommy Hilfiger top
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.
- Jigsaw silk blouse
- Whistles silk wrap blouse
- LK Bennet wrap top
- Ted Baker Midi wrap skirt
- Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress
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.
- M.I.H. bootcut jeans
- Fendi bootcut jeans
- Theory bootcut pants
- 3.1 Phillip Lim pants
- Grace MMXIII pants
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.
- Baublebar collar necklace
- Nadri hoop earrings
- Baublebar beaded necklace
- Marchesa chandelier earrings
- Dolce and Gabbana tulip scarf
- Baublebar tassel earrings
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.
- Derek Lam belted dress
- Jaeger belted top
- White Stuff belted tunic
- Warehouse belted dress
- Joseph Belted top
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.
- Finery wrap dress
- Closet green wrap dress
- Calvin Klein sheath dress
- Diane von Furstenberg sheath dress
- Ted Baker colorblock belted dress
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.
- Jolie Moi a-line skirt
- Reiss a-line skirt
- Karen Millen a-line dress
- Line jacquard dress
- Jonathan Simkhai dres
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How do you keep a stylish closet while losing weight? What are your secrets for creating a slimmer look?