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10 Fashion Tips for a Slimmer You

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Do you struggle with weight gain or getting rid of those problem areas?

Diet and exercise can’t promise overnight success for weight loss and firming your body.

But, while you’re working on it, check out these fashion tips to help magically slim you down, no workout needed.

1. Ban Supersized Tops

When Mayor Bloomberg prohibited supersized drinks in New York City, Donna Karan should have done the same with oversized shirts. Wearing a top a size or two bigger may hide plumper spots, but it doesn’t help you look thinner.

Instead, opt for tops with asymmetrical or poncho-style hemlines to hide the belly and ¾ length sleeves for heavy arms.

2. V for Vertical

Wearing a v-neck blouse draws the eye up towards shoulders and neck and away from the tummy. The V can also slim a chubby face and lengthen a short neck. Vertical stripes are also very slimming. Up and down ruffles, seams, piping or any vertical pattern can elongate your figure.

Horizontal stripes might be in style right now, but trendy is a glamour-don’t when you’re carrying a few extra pounds.

3. Movable Flare Pants

Go for trouser jeans designed with roomy legs for a look that's long and lean from waist to hem. Avoid stiff fabric by choosing pants with movement to extend your figure with flowing curves and length.

Sorry ladies, but capri pants are made for comfort and do not flatter a short and stout body.

4. Balance Body Proportions

Hippy or pear-shaped women should go for detailing on the upper body such as flutter sleeves and boat necks. Busty women need to keep it simple. Think "Joan Holloway" on Mad Men.

5. Stretch the Hemline

If you’re only 5 foot nothing and a bit chunky, mini-skirts are a no-no for even those women with great legs. Mid-knee might work, but can also chop you in half for a shorter, weightier look. Mid-calf or longer can create a lengthier look, but only if you can find petite length, or hem the hemline.

Shopping secret -- Bring an honest friend and try on everything.

6. Solids vs. Prints

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