Whether there has been a recent weight gain or you are just attempting to appear thinner, follow these simple tips to create the illusion you have lost 10 lbs today.
1. Accessorize: Don’t be afraid to add some shades, a tie, or a scarf but keep the frames of the glasses small and the stripes or pattern on the scarf and tie vertical.
2. Posture and Height: Choose a boot or dress shoe with a bit of a heel and stand up straight! By just rolling your shoulders back and lifting your chest as you sit or walk, you can appear 2 inches taller (and thinner).
3. Color Theory: In general, darker colors create the illusion that one is thinner. Choose top layers in shades of gray, charcoal, navy and black.
4. Tee shirts: A high V neck tee creates a thinner look than that of a normal round neck tee. Key word is “high” V neck. Let’s not show too much chest, okay?
5. Jeans and Chinos: Darker colored jeans and chinos are the best choice for you. Try a chino in this season’s army or olive green.
6. Dress Shirts: Keep stripes vertical and make sure they fit like a glove. A shirt that is too bulky at the waist will make you appear larger than you are as will a shirt that is too tight in the chest and waist. Try a custom dress shirt.
7. Sweater: Layering a light weight knit V neck sweater over a button down dress shirt is the best choice to appear more trim. The bulkier the sweater, the larger you will appear. Try a nice merino wool or cashmere v neck sweater.
8. Dress slacks: Again, the lighter the shade, the larger you may appear so choose a darker shade for your suit or dress slack. Avoid a cuff if possible and the less pleats you can go with, the better. Flat front is my recommendation.
9. Suit Coats and Sports Coats: Choose a 3 button single breasted suit. A one button coat may appear to pull a bit if you are heavier in the mid-section so the 3 button will give you more room. The two places your coat must fit well is the waist and the shoulder. If it is too large or small, it will add an additional 5 lbs. to your appearance.
10. Topcoats: When buying a topcoat, make sure you have that sport coat on to ensure there is room for it. Choose an overcoat that hits no more than 4 inches above your knee.
Now, get out there!
Dress Well! Be Well!