1. 

WEAR SKINNY HEELS WITH POINTY TOES

Legs look slim and sexy in skirts paired with a shoe that has a tapered toe and at least a 2-inch stiletto.

A slender toe and thin heel work to extend the narrow silhouette of calves. Square-toe styles with a thick, chunky heel give the appearance of a shorter, bulky leg.

 

2.

EMBRACE SHAPE WEAR

Get pieces that smooth bulges while lifting breasts and the behind. Shapers with extra-firm tummy control work well worn under shifts and pencil skirts.

 

 

3. 

STICK WITH ONE HUE

Tops and bottoms of the same colour create an uninterrupted vertical line, making you look thinner and taller. Stark contrasts between your upper and lower body draw eyes to your middle.

 

 

4. 

FAUX-TAN

A salon spray tan or a do-it-yourself kit blends in blemishes (veins, cellulite, stretch marks, brown spots) that distract from the clean visual lines of exposed arms or legs.

Don't want to go faux? All skin tones benefit from moisturising lotion, which diminishes those imperfections and projects a head-to-toe glow.

 

5. 

USE JEWELLERY STRATEGICALLY

Long necklaces add length to a short neck and bring attention away from hips and to the front and centre of your body.

Mid-chest bibs or big chandeliers say look at the face and not the middle. Sparkly cuffs, stacks of bangles, and cocktail rings draw the eye to wrists instead of upper arms.

 

6. 

MATCH YOUR SHOE COLOUR TO YOUR LEG

Coordinate tones to elongate your bottom half. In winter, wear black opaque tights and black pumps; in summer, try neutral skin-hued versions with bare legs.

 

 

7. 

WEAR HAIR UP AND OFF YOUR FACE

Pull tresses into a ponytail high on the back of your head and then lightly tease at the crown to bring out your bone structure and make your face look thinner.

 

 

8.

 PICK SIMPLE, UNADORNED DENIM

Clean, streamlined jeans are the way to go. The most flattering styles are dark and feature unembellished pockets.

Avoid extra details that catch the eye and give the illusion of bulk-think twice about tags, grommets, or decorative extras. The leanest silhouettes of all: boot cut and straight leg.