Monday, January 25th, 2021

The Best Undergarments to Shape, Contour & Boost

Clothes do more than keep you warm – they have the power to create illusions. What you’re wearing is either making you appear smaller or bigger; younger or older; sexy or drab.  The style and shape of your clothing ( ie flare vs straight skirt, v-neckline vs  crew neckline, cap sleeves or 3/4 sleeves) and how well it is suited to your body shape (the two should be in alignment) is very important in how your body appears.

However, your undergarments set the stage. Undergarments are very important in making subtle touches such as creating a slimmer waist, a trim behind or a more curvaceous figure. So before you get dressed invest in undergarments to create a good foundation.

Here are a few pieces that you will need to get you started:

To minimize a large chest choose a minimizing bra that provides extra support and also looks appealing. If you have a large bust, to appear more youthful your bust line should be halfway between your shoulder and elbow. A sagging bust is aging.

To slim legs hold in belly, behind, hips and legs wear a body shaper or stretchy slip to hide bumps and create a smooth look. The type you choose depends on what you’re wearing. The undergarment shouldn’t be visible through your clothes.

To slim the middle area and create curves wear a corset.

Look Great in T-shirts and Sweaters wear bras that have molded cups so there are no visible seams and lace showing.

Peeking Straps are a no-no. Wear a camisole with a built in underwire bra. It is great for lift and you won’t have to worry about peeking straps. Or wear a racer back (for tanks with high cut sleeves) or strapless.

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The Secret of Looking Slimmer Instantly

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The number one way to look slimmer is to wear clothes that fit well.  When your clothes fit well they mold to your body without binding, pinching or drooping. Clothes that fit well look like they were made just for you.

The benefit of wearing clothes that fit well, aside from being comfortable and creating a slimmer look, is the improvement in your professional image. Your professional image is negatively impacted if your clothes are ill-fitted.



Your clothes fit properly when your:

  1. Jacket buttons easily and lays flat.
  2. Jacket sleeves and the jacket are not too long or baggy.
  3. Pant side pockets lay flat and the crotch isn’t hanging or binding.
  4. Skirts glide over hips without clinging or creating creases.
  5. Skirts and pants don’t show panty lines.
  6. Dresses glide over your body and don’t pinch and bind.

In my years of working with women I’ve found that no two women (or men) are built the same, which is why buying clothes off-the-rack can be frustrating.

So, what can you do?

  1. Use a tailor: A tailor or seamstress can make little changes that make a big difference.
  2. Buy the right size: Don’t pay attention to the size of the garment, concentrate on fit.
  3. Buy good quality clothes: Good quality clothing hangs better because it’s made from better fabric and has been sewn better.
  4. Get style help: A style expert will direct you to the styles that are best suited to your body shape and show you the perfect length for your jackets, skirts, sleeves and hemlines – this is the information you’ll need to take to the tailor.

Wearing clothing that are perfect for your body shape equals a great fit. When your clothes fit well they lay flat where they should, they don’t bulge or pucker in the wrong places and they glide over, instead of stick to your body, which creates a slim and polished look.