Arizona Midday | How to Dress 10 Pounds Slimmer

Raise your hand if you may have indulged in a few too many treats and glasses of champagne over the holidays? YASSS! It’s part of the holidays. Then, in January we work to get back on track by re-committing to healthy eating, working out, and so it goes. While you’re working on reaching your goal weight, Angela shares tips and tricks on NBC Channel 12’s Arizona Midday on how to DRESS yourself slimmer to look your best NOW in looks from Nordstrom. To put the focus on your best assets, you need to think LEAN. LEAN is short for Lengthen, Embellish, Alter and Neutralize.

For details or questions regarding any of the items featured in the segment or shown in the photos, please email angela@momstylelab.com or comment below. 

Karen’s Outfit

Dress, Ted Baker & Clutch, both from Nordstrom // Shoes, Sam Edelman

Valerie’s Outfit

Bodysuit & Jeans, Veronica Beard & Necklace, all from Nordstrom // Shoes, Chinese Laundry

Mary’s Outfit

Tee, J. Crew & Skirt, Eliza J & Necklace, all from Nordstrom // Shoes, Model’s Own (similar here)

Andra’s Outfit

Jacket, Trouve & Cami, Vince Camuto & Pants, Cinq à Sept, all from Nordstrom // Shoes, Model’s Own

Check out “All Black is Always Chic” for details on Angela’s look. Keep reading for more LEAN tips.

How to Dress LEAN

LENGTHEN:
-Elongate your legs by wearing nude pumps (on a budget or designer splurge) that match your skin tone when going bare OR black tights with black shoes or boots. Avoid shoes that cut you off at the ankle.

-Skirts and dresses that hit above the knee lengthen; skirts that hit mid-calf must be worn with a heel and if you are thicker through the middle just say “no.”

-V-necklines do a phenomenal job of drawing the eye down and lengthening your body.

-If you love prints, look for vertical, elongating graphic prints (like Karen’s above). Avoid prints with small patterns.

EMBELLISH:
– A statement necklace, from sparkly gemstones to chunky gold links, or a pendant has the marvelous effect of drawing the eye up to your face and neck (like Valerie’s or Mary’s above). Plus, if it’s longer it will draw the eye down, creating a vertical line.

– Wear lighter colors and embellishments in areas where you want the eye to focus, and darker tones where you want to draw attention away. In other words, accentuate your smaller areas. One way to do this is to add a color-blocked top or dress that highlights your best features.

ALTER:
Get spanxed. If you have yet to invest, waist-whittling Spanx truly is a wonder product. Determine which area you want to suck in and purchase one of the many styles that work to enhance different areas of your figure. Celebrities do it, so can you. Want to cover up your arms? Check out Spanx Arm Tights!

-Find a great tailor. If your clothes don’t fit perfectly, you are adding pounds. Repeat after us — baggy clothes do NOT hide weight. Well-tailored clothes that skim your shape will make you appear slimmer and more pulled together.

–Wear the proper length skirt and pants. Your tailor can help in this area. Cropped pants and capris will make you look shorter, so wear them with a wedge or heel.

NEUTRALIZE:
-It’s no secret that black slims and trims — why do you think the perfect LBD is the most coveted item in our closet? But if you are so over wearing black everyday, navy, charcoal gray, burgundy, dark purple and chocolate brown have a similar slimming effect.

-Monochromatic colors are slimming and fashion-forward. Add a pop of color the form of an accessory, such as a belt, handbag, jewelry or shoes.

The bottom line is: Love and appreciate your body and learn how to maximize your assets to look your very best today, right now!

Special thanks to Nordstrom at Scottsdale Fashion Square for providing all the looks seen on our models!

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2 responses to “Arizona Midday | How to Dress 10 Pounds Slimmer”

  1. Cute styles & great tips! Thank you

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