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Holiday Fashion Tips: Looking fit for the holidays

Ready for some more slimming tips for the holidays? These next two tips are so darn obvious. You’ll say, “Why didn’t I think about that!” But these are actually two things that many of my clients struggle with. Maybe you do, too!

Have you been wearing the same bra style for so long that you look right past it when you look in the mirror? It could be doing NOTHING for you! It’s happened to the best of us! Have you ever resisted going up a size? You don’t like that idea? But what if I told you it would make you look thinner? Read on! These fit tips are for you!


Holiday Fashion Tip: Get your bustline in the right place

(This adjustment cancels out the effects of sugar cookies.) 


Nothing can make a woman look matronly and heavy quicker than a sagging bustline. When you look in the mirror, your bustline should be right in the middle between your shoulder line and your waistline. If it’s lower, hike up those bra straps or go indulge in one of the many styles of bras that lift, lift, lift.


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Look slimmer with a simple adjustment

Holiday Fashion Tip: Buy a bigger size

(This hides eggnog consumption.) 


Really. If you’ve been living in clothes that have been getting snugger, you may not be noticing the way the too small size is distorting the drape of the garment and adding the illusion of more poundage. Going up a size isn’t defeat, it’s a weight loss device. Flattering styles can promote apparent weight loss as well. Remember, wherever there is strain, create ease. If your upper arms are thick, try a dolman sleeve. Relax the belt that sits on your waist if your waist is an inch bigger than it was a few months ago. If you pull it tight and make your flesh bulge over the edges of the belt, you look heavy. Let the belt out a notch and you look thinner. Instantly. To make fuller thighs happy, wear a dress or a skirt that graces over them.

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A dolman sleeve is a great distracter


Bonus Holiday Fashion Tip: Fake it with figure flattering undergarments

(Slims the results of eating too many caramels.)


Modern technology keeps improving body shapers. The new styles come in all formats – from waist to thigh, from just under the bust to your calves, from the bust to the tummy – any area that could use a little slimming has a solution in great stretchy fabrics that take inches away instantly. Okay, maybe not inches but you can look trimmer and smoother. It’s worth a visit to a lingerie department where a specialist will recommend the best product for you. Bring the clothes you plan to wear to your next important event or party. Try a few shapers and see what makes you look and feel good. Don’t buy them in the size you wish you were in; buy them in the size you are. You really don’t want to be uncomfortable. They are great for providing ease. I don’t recommend reliance on these items but once in a while you want what they can offer you.

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Shapely in shapewear

This body shaper has worked well for my clients and I just bought one, too! It’s DKNY Under Bust Bodyshaper. I’ll wear it under dresses that skim over my curves.

See how easy the appearance of weight-loss is? You can use these tips all year-long!


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  • Reply
    December 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Love your dolman sleeve picture here Brenda- great way to show fashion with one fitted spot – those great shaped legs of yours — you rock this outfit!

    • Reply
      Brenda Kinsel
      December 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Thanks, Jill! This sweater has gotten lots of mileage this month!

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    Stacey Wright
    February 11, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Wow! Fashion does not have to be out of reach. It could even be fun! I love this tips!

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