15 Style Tips to Slim Your Silhouette

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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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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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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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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Slim Tip 4: Nude Shoes
Candice Swanepoel

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

Haute Hippie Sexy Tuxedo Dress ($675)

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

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag ($495)

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

Linea Pelle Sullivan Hip Belt ($121)in Oxblood

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