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The Perfect Fit1 of 11
By Kelly Mickle
Clothes still a little snug after the holidays? While you work to drop those extra few pounds clinging to your trouble spots, stylists share their insider secrets for making your current wardrobe fit better and look great during this tricky phase.
Lighten Up2 of 11
Don't get stuck wearing all black. "Sure, darker shades are slimming but you can use bright colors to draw attention away from your trouble zones and play up your assets," says Lindsey Calla, style expert and the blogger behind Saucie Glossie. "If you love your bust and hate your hips right now, scoop up a beautiful bold top and pair it with some slimming dark denim so that the eye goes directly to the spot you're loving right now."
SHOP NOW: Intermix blouse, $328
Fine Prints3 of 11
You don't have to stick to only solids, but choose patterns wisely: "To avoid prints that add pounds, make sure the dark hue is the dominating color in the design," says Daisy Lewellyn, The Queen of Effortless Chic, style expert and author of Never Pay Retail Again Shop Smart, Spend Less, and Look Your Best Ever.
SHOP NOW: Farfetch.com sleeveless blouse, $490
Accent Pieces4 of 11
While you're in this in-between zone and dying to shop, invest in great accessories rather than clothing. "You won't have to worry about your size and a great accessory has the ability to transform something you already have in your closet and give it new life!" says Calla. "No one will know that your pants are a little tighter while they are drooling over the new sparkly statement necklace that you scored in the winter sale section."
SHOP NOW: Arden B. necklace, $24
It's a Cinch5 of 11
Don't cover up with more fabric; it just adds bulk to your figure. "If you feel comfortable and confident in something that's loose, then make sure you belt your waist or choose a jacket that hits you at the smallest part of your torso," Calla advises. "It's all about balance and proportion and creating the illusion of looking slimmer."
SHOP NOW: J.Crew belt, $50
Support System6 of 11
Stay away from satin, thin cotton and unstructured spandex. "Even on the thinnest person these fabrics are unforgiving because they don't skim over your curves. They squeeze and reveal every tiny dimple and flaw," says Lewellyn. "Instead, stick with more structured fabrics that have a little stretch like matte jersey, silk or high-quality cotton—they'll move with your body, not against it."
SHOP NOW: Topshop dress, $92
In the Mood7 of 11
"Start thinking about what you want to wear when the warm weather rolls around and create a spring and summer mood board," suggests Calla. "Surround yourself with your favorite colors and patterns and post images of things that make you happy. Visualizing what's to come is the best way to keep yourself from getting stuck in a post-holiday rut."
SHOP NOW: Reiss skirt, 180
Closet Control8 of 11
Edit your closet to fit what you want to wear NOW. "It's a trick stylists use when they are editing for a shoot or a client: Keep the things you are reaching for most in plain sight on a separate rack or an easily accessible part of your closet," says Calla. "Pack away the things that just aren't fitting right at the moment and you'll be surprised how many things actually end up on that rack and are working for you."
SHOP NOW: Intermix sweater, $288
Stretch Out9 of 11
Jeans fitting a little snug? "Loop a thick Goody hair elastic around the button, through the back of the button hole and back around the button to give yourself some extra room instantly that will stretch with you," says Calla.
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Stick to It10 of 11
Try double-sided tape to keep too-tight button-down shirts from pulling. "Hollywood Fashion Tape is a fantastic option and another stylist trick is a product called Zots—small round pieces of sticky material sold for crafting—they do wonders on keeping shirts closed, " says Calla. "Safety pins also work, but opt for colored ones to match your shirt color to avoid seeing a glint of metal poking out." Look for white ones at fabric stores or on Amazon, she adds.
SHOP NOW: Zots adhesive dots, $5
Single Minded11 of 11
Avoid double-breasted blazers: They add excess pounds. "While a single-breasted blazer gives the illusion that you’re thinner in the middle, a double-breasted blazer makes you look wider," says Lewellyn. “Choose jackets that cover a quarter of your tush, just past your hips, for the most figure-flattering shape.”
SHOP NOW: Wallis blazer, $78