You have made the decision. You have stopped the excuses. And you have faced your embarrassment. Congratulations! You have dropped weight and are well on your way to your target goal weight.
And you are scared. Who is this new woman that is emerging from under the protective layers of weight? There’s less of you weight wise but more of you emotional wise that is being exposed. With less weight, people notice and compliment you more. How is the new you going to dress?
Dropping weight means changing your mindset and dressing habits. Here are three slimming tips to help you dress for the new you with a changing body shape.
Your Covering Changes not Your Basic Body Shape
Many women believe that when they drop weight, they can move from a large, rounded apple shape to an hourglass. That is not true.
Your basic body shape is determined by your bones and the width of your shoulders. They do not change. Only your covering over them is changing. As you drop weight, your true body shape will be revealed and be more defined. Now is the time to become excited about who you really are.
Look at your younger, slimmer photos to determine your body shape. Read articles/books on Body Shapes and how to dress for yours. Pay $125 and go online to My Private Stylist to work out your Body Shape and find out what styles suit you now and forever. Or send me an email for a private Body Shape Session.
Slimming Tips 1 – Styles for all Body Shapes
Crossover tops and jackets are great for changing body shapes. Choose ones with ties so that you can wrap then tighter as you drop dress sizes. Click here to check out more Wrap Dresses on Ezibuy.
The Wrap Dress on the left ties at the waist for that purpose.
The Wrap Front Dress in the centre crosses over from under the bust to the opposite hemline. It creates a flattering diagonal line that highlights your legs rather than your tummy.
The Knot Detail Dress on the right subtly gives you a waist without emphasising it. The placement of the knot on your side on the imaginary princess line draws attention away from your tummy as well.
One of the best slimming tips is to take the side seams in as you get smaller. Clothes that skim your body make you feel good and bit by bit overcome the ‘I’m still fat’ mentality.
Slimming Tips 2 – Expensive or Cheap & Cheerful
Your call! Both do the job. You can go to shops that sell modern classic styles in good quality fabrics and price. The quality tunic on the left from Taking Shape has hemline shapes that create a slimming line. If necessary, have them altered to fit.
Alternatively go to Target, DFO, Trade Secret and other discount or boutique stores with cheaper, fashionable clothes. Try the second-chance or charity shops. It’s all in how you wear it and not necessarily the price. In the centre and right are two colour variations of the same simple, cheap and cheerful top from Target. Wear patterns that merge into each other in simple tops as they look more slimming than solid-coloured tops. You look great in solid-coloured tops when you wear a jacket over the top of them.
Do buy new clothes and new underwear. Waiting until you reach your magic goal weigh is denying yourself the pleasure of the journey. Tell yourself you are worth the effort and cost of looking nice whatever your weight and size.
Slimming Tips 3 – Magic Tip:
Raise your skirts and show some leg. Best choice is just below the knee. Second best is just below the widest part of your calf. You best example of this is Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. She always looks modern and stylish in these lengths.
Add nice shoes. People will love the new you because you are doing what many women are scared to do – show sexy legs. Yes, we all have them.
Discover the new you as you make dropping weight an exciting journey not a punishing chore.
This article is a revised version of an article I first wrote in 2011. The main points are the same. I have used more modern fashions for my examples. Click here to read the original article.
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