15 Style Tips to Slim Your Silhouette

Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get fit, but the percentage of people who keep their healthy promise is a dismal twelve percent. Oof. While we wholeheartedly encourage you to reach for the weight-loss starts, we’re also realists.

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    We’ve rounded up the most flattering clothes that will make you look longer and leaner, sans all that pesky exercising. You likely have most of the items in your closet already, but if you use it as an excuse for some post-holiday shopping, we won’t tell anyone.

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    PHOTO: Nick Harvey/WireImage

    Slim Tip 1: Boat Neck
    ​Caroline Issa

    Boat neck and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses widen the shoulders, which balances out the hips, creating a more proportional figure.

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    PHOTO: The Northern Light

    Slim Tip 2: Vertical Stripes
    Hedvig Opshaug of The Northern Light

    ​Vertical stripes keep the eye moving up and down, rather from side to side, creating the illusion of a longer and leaner form.

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    PHOTO: Song Of Style

    Slim Tip 3: Wrap Dress
    Aimee Song of Song Of Style

    ​The diagonal line of a wrap dress visually whittles the midsection.

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    PHOTO: GG/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

    Slim Tip 4: Nude Shoes
    Candice Swanepoel

    ​Heels in a similar shade to your skin tone lengthen your legs.

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Slim Tip 5: Belts
    Aliona Gluhih

    A belt works double time to highlight your waist and make your clothing more form-fitting. Hint: a slightly wider belt is more flattering than a thin one.

    Image courtesy of Stockholm Street Style

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    PHOTO: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

    Slim Tip 6: Paneled Dress
    Alexandra Richards

    ​The paneled dress can flatter your figure in multiple ways. Darker panels on the sides make your sides disappear into the background, and curved, vertical seams create the illusion of an hourglass figure while lengthening the body.

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    PHOTO: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

    Slim Tip 7: Head-To-Toe Hue
    Zanna Roberts Rassi

    ​Wearing the same color top and bottom creates an uninterrupted vertical line, making you look thinner and taller. Stark contrasts between your upper and lower body draw eyes to your middle. Tip: Jumpsuits are a great way to achieve this look.

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    PHOTO: Jun Sato/WireImage

    Slim Tip 8: Flutter Sleeves
    Kate Moss

    ​Similar to a boat neck, flutter sleeves add volume at the shoulders, making your waist look comparatively smaller and balancing out hips.

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    PHOTO: Fashion Vibe

    Slim Tip 9: Sleek, Pointed-Toe Heels
    Zina Charkoplia of Fashion Vibe

    ​Shoes with a pointed toe and thin heel work to lengthen silhouette of calves. Conversely, square and round-toe styles with a chunky heel give the appearance of a shorter, bulky leg.

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    PHOTO: Mirrorpix / Splash News

    Slim Tip 10: Long Necklace
    Fearne Cotton

    ​Working in the same way as a v-neck top, a long pendant necklace will visually stretch you out for a taller-appearing figure.

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    PHOTO: Adenorah

    Slim Tip 11: Flared Pants
    Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah

    ​Volume at the ankle will balance out hips. Good news: the flared style is just coming back into style.

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Slim Tip 12: The Right Fabric
    Street Style

    Materials like cotton, denim, and silk lay flat against your body and won’t add volume to your figure. Materials that may have a bulky effect include velvet, leather, and boucle.

    Image courtesy of Stockholm Street Style

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    PHOTO: Jun Sato/WireImage

    Slim Tip 13: V-Neck
    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

    ​The open, upside-down triangle creates a high focal point away from your midsection, and gives the illusion of a slimmer upper body.

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    PHOTO: Atlantic-Pacific

    Slim Tip 14: Medium, Structured Bag
    Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific

    ​A small purse will make you look larger in comparison, and a large slouchy bag looks sloppy and amorphous. Carrying a mid-size structured bag will make you look perfectly proportional.

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    PHOTO: Fashion Me Now

    Slim Tip 15: Match Shoes & Pants
    Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now

    ​Wearing the same color pants and shoes creates an uninterrupted line, making your legs look longer. Tip: This works best with the color black.

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    Haute Hippie Sexy Tuxedo Dress ($675)

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    K/LLER COLLECTION Brass Double Claw Pendant ($100)

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    Loeffler Randall Rider Bag ($495)

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    Halston Heritage Off-The-Shoulder Dress ($277)

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    BCBGMAXAZRIA Pleated Lace-Panel Dress ($398)

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    Linea Pelle Sullivan Hip Belt ($121)in Oxblood

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    Alice + Olivia Dina Suede Pumps ($207) in Emerald

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Daydreamer Skinny Flare Jean

Daydreamer Skinny Flare Jean

Mother, $144
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Sexy Tuxedo Dress

Sexy Tuxedo Dress

Haute Hippie, $675
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Rider Bag

Rider Bag

Loeffler Randall, $495
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Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Halston Heritage, $277
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Pleated Lace-Panel Dress

Pleated Lace-Panel Dress

BCBGMAXAZRIA, $398
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Leather High Heel Sandal

Leather High Heel Sandal

Zara, $80
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Rocket Striped Pants In Ecru

Rocket Striped Pants In Ecru

Joseph, $345
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Sullivan Hip Belt

Sullivan Hip Belt

Linea Pelle, $121
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Brass Double Claw Pendant

Brass Double Claw Pendant

K/LLER COLLECTION, $100
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Dina Suede Pumps

Dina Suede Pumps

Alice + Olivia, $207
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Tangerine Multicolor Floral Print Dress

Tangerine Multicolor Floral Print Dress

Paul & Joe, $287
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