20 Dresses That’ll Make You Look Thinner

dresses-makes-thinner Summer is almost here and it’s time to get those light dresses out of the closet or go shopping for some new ones! When it’s hot out, we like to wear dresses that make us feel cool and comfortable but many times, finding a dress that makes us look slim can be a huge problem.

A lot of women wear clothes that are a size or two too big because they think it makes them look thinner and hides all the lumps and bumps that they do not want seen. Well, the truth is that oversized clothes only make you look frumpier and are extremely unflattering.

Let’s take a look at 20 dresses that can make you look slimmer than you actually are:

Vertical zebra print: If you like prints and want to look slim in one, the best would be a vertical zebra print dress.  This is a chic and modern print and the vertical stripes will elongate your body, making you look slim and tall. A jersey fabric would be great as it easily glides of bumps that you want hidden. A simple accessory like a plain black belt is great to top off the outfit and will flatter your waist line.

Tunics: If you want something loose and comfortable, you should opt for tunics. They’re ideal because they look great with any body shape. They help in hiding your tummy bulge and can be accessorized with almost anything. For a stylish summer look, go for tunics with prints to add a little pizzazz to your ensemble and top it off with a great pair of sandals.

A-lines: Dresses that have an A-line shape are great if you want to look slim this summer. You can also get them in skirts and get a simple top to go with it. If you want to add a little bling, wear a beaded necklace and bracelets or bangles and you’re good to go!

Color block: I know a lot of women are scared to try to out color block dresses especially if they’re not slim. The truth is that any woman will look great in this design. You can try a slinky dress that stops at your knees. Long sections of darker shades on the outside will help you minimize your thighs and hips. A lighter or brighter color in the center will streamline your body, making you look slim.

Wraparound dress: You can show off your curves in a wraparound dress or a faux wraparound one, which means that you don’t need to actually wrap it around. Go for a light knitted fabric to camouflage the areas of your body that are less toned and kits are great as they glide smoothly on your body.

Well-placed prints: If you’re heavier on the bottom part of your body, you should opt for a dress that has a print that is cleverly placed in the middle. Cap sleeves and a neck ruffle can help balance a larger bottom half. A dark colored fabric with a bright bold print in the center will make you look pounds lighter than you are.

Lines that define body shapes: This is a great idea for women who are top-heavy. Dresses that have bands or lines can help sculpt the bust area and carve out the mid-section area. Body-defining lines can do wonders to balance your figure!

Dark and light combos: A great trick that you can use this summer is to buy dresses that look as if they’re two pieces. Get a dress that has a bright top like green or blue, and a dark bottom, preferably black. The bottom or “skirt” part of the dress should be high-waisted and accessorized with a slim belt to make your torso look narrow and hide your thighs.

Flare and fit: This is a stylish yet simple answer for women who want to look slim when they wear a dress. If you want the illusion of length, you should get a dress that has soft pleats on the neckline as well as the waist of the A-line dress. A slim belt in the same color will accentuate your waistline. Any color will look great with this style.

Basic black: Let’s face it, women love black dresses. Somehow they make us feel elegant and svelte. This summer, get a plain black dress and accessorize it with your favorite necklaces and bracelets. For a casual look, pair it off with sandals, maybe in a dull bronze, or for a dressier look, get a pair of heels in a bright fun color!

Now that you know what kind of dresses to choose this summer to look thinner, let’s take a look at a few tips that you can use to look slim and gorgeous.

Choosing prints: This is an important tip for women who love prints. Always be careful that you don’t choose prints that are too big as they’ll add more to your weight rather than making you look slim. Horizontal stripes are a no-no.

Choosing fabrics: Wearing dresses that are made of thin fabrics that are darker in color will always make you slim. Silk, satin, crepe and chiffon will never fail to make you look slim and lean.

Sleeve and neck styles: Avoid necklines that are too deep especially if you’re top heavy. They’re not flattering at all. It’s best to wear dresses that have three-quarter sleeves or full sleeves to hide the fat in your arms and shoulders.

Collars: If you like collars, avoid making them too big. You can opt for Chinese collars to help you look slim and elongate your neck.

V-necks: I did mention not to wear dresses or tops that have deep neck-lines but always remember that V-necks look much more flattering and slimming as they help elongate your neck. This is fine as long as you don’t make them too deep.

Accessorize: When you wear accessories like necklaces, opt for small beaded ones or simple feminine chains with pendants. Heavy necklaces will only make you look tacky. A belt over a top or dress is always great as they cinch your waist and flatter your curves.

Tummy-hiding trick: Never try to hide your bulging tummy under an oversized blouse; it won’t help. Instead remember the two-color dress tip that was given above and you’re to look like you have a flat stomach.

Similar pattern mixing: Not a lot of women will try this out but I guarantee that it will make you look much slimmer. You can get a top and skirt that have similar patterns and color combos to make your body look leaner. Remember to get a bigger print on either the top or skirt to get the best results. If you’re adventurous, try this out and see how it goes.

Dark colors: Black is an all-time favorite with many women but it can look drab and boring especially during summer. You should try out navy blue, olive green and chocolate brown if you want to wear dresses with darker colors.

Comfort: No matter what you wear, always make sure that you’re comfortable. This is the most important thing when it comes to clothes and fashion. If you’re not comfortable wearing an outfit, it will show and your confidence will be affected.

These are the tips for dressing up this summer. No matter what size you are, there are always little tips and tricks that you can use to look slim. So go ahead, dress up and have a stylishly fabulous summer!

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