18 Simple Wardrobe Tweaks That Take 10 Pounds Off 

Elise Hennigan
Updated June 14, 2019 1.7k votes 379 voters 39.9k views 18 items

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A collection of proven, insider secrets about how to look thinner without dieting or hitting the gym. You can actually dress to look skinny just by making a few simple adjustments to your wardrobe. When you dress to look your best you will also look younger. Whether it is fair or not, your physical appearance is the first thing that people judge you on and you always want to look your best. Trying to lose weight fast can often backfire and with busy schedules, losing weight is often put off for another time. While there are some solid techniques and diet books that actually work, sometimes you want to look 10 pounds thinner right away.

Fortunately, there are simple wardrobe tweaks that you can use immediately to look thinner in your clothes. Vertical lines, tailored jackets and dark jeans are just some of the well-known tricks celebrities use to look thin. This list of slimming secrets include those as well as lesser-known tricks that can make anyone look 10 pounds lighter. Anyone can learn how to dress to look thinner by following simple rules of proportion, lines, color, and cuts.

In general, clothes that fit well will always make you look slimmer and more well put together. If you have recently gained a few pounds, never try to squeeze in clothing that is too small for you. Keep a pair of "fat-jeans" that are a slightly larger size for you to wear when you are larger than normal.

If you are wondering how to look skinny, read up on the slimming wardrobe tricks below.

See also: Top 10 Most Secret Weight Loss Techniques Celebrities Use
Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 18 Simple Wardrobe Tweaks That Take 10 Pounds Off
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There is a good reason why "black is slimming" is probably the most common wardrobe advice out there. It's true! This well-known trick is easy for anyone to pull off and it really works. Unlike other colors, black does not reflect light--so it does not create shadows around bulges or curves of your body. Because of this, black does a great job of hiding imperfections while making you look chic and well put together. 

When you put together a head-to-toe black look, you can achieve an ultimate slimmed-down and sexy look because your clothes create one vertical line. This is why one of the most flattering and versatile items a woman can have in her wardrobe is the famous Little Back Dress.
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Color Blocking

Color blocking pulls from a similar theory as the vertical stripe trick. Just as humans eyes naturally follow lines, they are also attracted to blocks of color. With strategically placed block of color you can actually sculpt a more favorable silhouette.

This trick works best on dresses with blocks of contrasting color on the side, but can also work on blouses and tops. 

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Dark Jeans

Luckily, dark denim has been in fashion for years and is unlikely to ever go out of style--it is the most slimming color of denim you can choose. Choose a pair of dark jeans that have a little stretch--but not too much--and stay away from small back pockets (they can make your butt look big) and overly opulent pocket-detail. 

Pick your personal preference of cut, but remember that super low-rise jeans rarely look good on anyone (no one wants to see your butt crack!) and super high-waisted jeans are similarly difficult to pull off on curvy figures. Opt for a rise that hits your natural waist (where you tend to be the slimmest) and choose leg styles that are straight or bootcut.

For an added slimming benefit, keep the pant leg a few inches long and pair your jeans with wedges, platforms or heels.     
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Mind Your Proportions
Full, round shapes on top and bottom will make you look large from all angles. Always accentuate your slimmest areas by pairing loosely cut pieces with more fitting counterparts. Balance wide-legged pants with a fitted shirt, pair a miniskirt with a flowing top, short shorts with a loose long sleeve, etc.
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