When you look at as many celebrity photos as we do, you start to notice certain trends—of the sartorial kind and otherwise. One such pattern we’ve picked up on? The slimming styling rules that practically every fashionable celebrity out there follows. The best part of these figure-flattering tricks is that they work for any vibe, whether your look is feminine and sweet like Lauren Conrad’s or bold and trend-driven like Solange Knowles’.
Scroll down to check out the top five slimming style rules and pocket them for yourself!
According to Leandra Medine, wearing a longer outer layer, “will make you feel like the most slender woman to ever walk the earth, as it so graciously conceals all the shit you probably want concealed, but also makes you feel cool.” We tend to agree! As the weather gets warmer, swap out your light jacket for a extra-long vest.
On Naya Rivera: Alice + Olivia Long Draped Shawl Collar Coat ($550) in White; Rag & Bone jeans; Hermes bag.
On Kim Kardashian: Alexander Wang Ankle-Strap Antonia Sandals ($475) in Beige.
On Leandra Medine: Chanel blazer.
If you have any thighs or hips to speak of, a dress or a skirt with a flared shape will likely be ultra-flattering on you. It will nip in at the tiniest part of your waist, and flow nicely over your curves.
On Freida Pinto: Prabal Gurung dress; Salvatore Ferragamo Susi Patent Pumps ($575) in Lila.
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On Lauren Conrad: Lela Rose dress; Express Sleek Patent Runway Sandals ($80) in Pale Rye.
Highlighting your waist with a belt is a slimming trick that works on women of any size. It’s the best way to fake an hourglass figure and highlight your middle section.
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On Christina Hendricks: Christian Dior Pantsuit; Oroton heels.
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On Eva Mendes: Michael Kors sweater and skirt; Pollini pumps.
Wearing one color from head to toe is visually lengthening, making you look taller and leaner. Black is a classic slimming choice, but we love how an all-white outfit looks for summer.
While we love a turtleneck, the slimming wonders of a deep V-neck are not to be ignored. Not only will it make your jawline and neck appear slimmer, but the upside-down triangle shape draws the eye down to your narrow waist and mimics the silhouette of an hourglass.