How to Skinny Up Your Wardrobe as You Slim Down

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Heather WestonOur feel great women have come a long way (61 pounds down!) in just five months—and now their wardrobes are catching up.

After all, looking better in your clothes (and getting to step out in new styles) is a major pound-dropping perk—and even a small loss can make a big difference in how clothes look.

Here, stylist Paul Petzy shares the secret to finding clothes that fit and flatter at any size.

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Fatou says: "I havent worn anything sleeveless in years, but now Im ready to show off my arms!"

Paul says:

  • "The belt on this top is tied just above Fatou's natural waistline, which draws attention to the smallest part of her torso.”
  • "Ruffles at the neckline draw the eye up without adding unwanted volume, and they also help make her shoulders look more petite than skinny straps would."
  • "The flowy fabric of this top skims over the body rather than clinging to it, hiding any flaws."
  • "The slight flare of these jeans helps balance out the top and bottom of her legs."
StartingCurrentLoss to Date

Weight:

223 lbs

196 lbs

27 lbs

Waist:

35″

31″

4″

Hip:

49″

46″

3″

Body Fat:

36%

26%

10%

Next Page: Deanna Verbouwens [ pagebreak ]

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Deanna says: “I crave clothes that fit my body and show my curves."

Paul says:

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  • Spanx a lot. Dont be ashamed of shapewear—even Jessica Alba wears Spanx. It smooths you out and takes 10 pounds right off.
  • Lighten up. Dress your bottom half in darker colors, your top half in lighter ones—it will draw the eye up to put focus on your face (versus your tummy, butt, or legs).
  • Downsize. When you wear your clothes too big, you look so much bigger than you actually are, so choose pieces that fit.
  • Become BFFs with your tailor. Extra tailoring will always make clothes look better. Ensure that waistbands dont gap and pants are hemmed properly. (Pants should cover the top part of your foot without dragging on the ground.)
  • StartingCurrentLoss to Date

    Weight:

    190 lbs

    171 lbs

    19 lbs

    Waist:

    42″

    38″

    4″

    Hip:

    48″

    45″

    3″

    Body Fat:

    33%

    25.5%

    7.5%

    Next Page: Alanna Campbell [ pagebreak ]

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    Alanna says: "I'm dying to have a pair of skinny jeans actually fit well!"

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  • "The stiletto heel elongates her legs even more. Heels make you stand up straighter and have better posture, which is instantly slimming."
  • StartingCurrentLoss to Date

    Weight:

    190 lbs

    175 lbs

    15 lbs

    Waist:

    32″

    29″

    3″

    Hip:

    43″

    40.5″

    2.5″

    Body Fat:

    30.5%

    24.5%

    6%