How To Instantly Look Slimmer | 10 Style Tricks!

Look Slimmer Without Diet or Exercise

Before I dive into these tips, I want to clarify that nobody NEEDS to look slimmer! Own your body, rock it with confidence, and love yourself! These tips are just for those days you might want to look a little slimmer or taller. You’ll see some before and after pictures below. There is nothing wrong with the before shots…these are all my clothes, and I wear them all! I’m just trying to show an example. You can watch the video on this topic below.

how to instantly look slimmer skinnier with dark wash blue jeans instead of light wash boyfriend jeans

#1 | Dark Wash Jeans

One of the most powerful ways to look slimmer is to wear dark wash jeans. Light wash jeans are great! But dark wash jeans will be more elongating and slimming. Also try to avoid jeans with whiskering, fading, etc.
Shop more dark wash jeans here.

how to instantly look slimmer and skinnier by wearing high rise jeans instead of low rise jeans

#2 | High Rise Jeans

Wearing high rise jeans can help hide a little extra something in the middle, often referred to as the muffin top. You can see that the low rise jeans create a lump on the left. My tummy area doesn’t look as smooth. Wearing pants/jeans with a higher rise will keep everything sucked in, smooth out lumps and bumps, and make you feel more secure. Even if you don’t have a tummy, high-rise jeans will elongate your legs and smooth skin. When shopping for high rise jeans, look for at least a 9” rise.

Shop all high rise jeans here.
Low to medium rise jeans here.

how to instantly look slimmer and skinnier with style tricks by cinching the waist of your dress

#3 | Cinch It

Add a belt! Accentuate your waist. You can see that this pretty dress has a lot of volume and doesn’t give me a shape. When I add the belt, it creates more of a waist, and making the dress much more flattering. So simple!

Shop more belts here.

how to instantly make your legs look slimmer and skinnier by wearing flare blue jeans instead of skinny jeans

#4 | Flare Jeans

Next, the power of flared jeans…they will make you look SO much taller, longer, leaner, slimmer. It’s like a magic trick! I love that flares and wide leg pants/jeans are coming back into style because they’re so flattering!

They are particularly flattering for women with have bigger hips, butt and thighs.

Shop all wide-leg and flare jeans here.

style trick for looking slimmer and skinnier by wearing high heels to lengthen body to appear taller

#5 | Wear Heels

This is an obvious one, but worth repeating. You can see the difference in the photo above. I look much taller and longer.

How to look slimmer without diet or exercise

#6 | Pointed Toe Shoes

Along the same line, pointed toe shoes create the allusion of more length. When you pair it with similar colored pants or dresses, you look even longer! You can look at the flared jeans picture above as an example. The shoes become an extension of your legs.

fashion blogger showing style trick to look slimmer and skinnier by wearing black instead of prints and patterns

#7 | Wear Solids

Don’t get me wrong…I love a beautiful print. But if you want to look longer and slimmer, wear solid colors. If you are wearing prints, be aware of what part of your body you’re wearing the print on. Prints add volume, so if you want to minimize your lower body, best to avoid prints on your lower half (and vice versa)

fashion blogger showing style trick for how to look skinnier by wearing v-neck shirt instead of crewneck t shirt

#8 | Wear V-Necks

It’s better to wear a v-neck versus a crewneck. A crewneck is a beautiful neckline but it’s not as elongating and will make a bustier woman look bigger on top. So if the goal is to minimize the bust and look like you have a longer torso, wear a v-neck!
Shop v-necks here.

#9 | Vertical Stripes

I love this menswear-inspired print! Vertical stripes are perfect for creating a long, lean line. If you don’t like the pinstripe print, try jeans with just one racing stripe down the side. They create a similar effect.

#10 | Jewelry

The last tip is to be strategic with jewelry. The long pendant necklace has the power to elongate in the same way a v-neck does. It’s a simple way to add length to the upper body. Remember that wherever you place your jewelry, is where the eyes will go. If you want to call attention to your face, for example, wear a pretty collar necklace or drop earrings.

Shop pendant necklaces here.
All jewelry here.

Bonus Tips

  • Contouring – If you’re worried about a puffy face, try contouring! It’ll make a rounder face look more defined and trim.
  • Vanishing Back Bra – I highly recommend having a bra that eliminates back fat. I did a post on the best bra from Soma here. The way it’s made keeps everything really nice and smooth in the back.
  • Shapewear – Shapewear can be a lifesaver!! I highly recommend investing in some shapewear you love. It’ll smooth everything out and make you look like you’ve lost 5-10 pounds in seconds!

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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4 thoughts on “How To Instantly Look Slimmer | 10 Style Tricks!

  1. This is a such a great post, with so much really pertinent advice! Thank you – the side by side pics are really a great way to see what you’re talking about.

  2. Your style is flawless. I can only dream. And I can only dream of being thin like you. I know your petite, I’m only 5’2 and it’s so hard to look thin. 5 lbs looks like 15 lbs extra on my frame, add that, menopause, age, and stress (cordisol) and I’m a blowfish. I wish I could “_own” it. But I always thought I’d be small, I was 120 up until my 40. Then lbs started creeping ON, eating keto, intermittent fast, one meal a day, bullet proof coffee. And nothing works. So dressing use to be fun, now I dread it. You look gorgeous in everything. I love THAT maxi orange dress you showed a while back. And the red sexy jumpsuit. Keep rocking it! I sure would????

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