This is a topic that Iâ??m sure has gotten your undivided attention. Youâ??re probably thinking, â??but surely gyming and working out is the only way to get slimmer?â?  Yes, going to gym is important, but there are ways of instantly looking slimmer and taller without even leaving home, and here are just a few of them:

How to look slimmer without working out

Wear dark colours

Darker colours absorb light, and thus are slimming.  Going monochrome also has an elongating effect.

Invest in great-fitting underwear

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Get a bra that lifts your breasts up â?? this will immediately make your waist look slender.  Also look at spending some money on body shapers: they give the illusion of a slimmer and smoother figure.  They are indispensable when wearing tight-fitting outfits.

Prints are your best friend

Opt for garments with an all-over pattern, as this is a great diversionary tactic: it prevents the eye from stopping on any one area of the body.  If you are petite, go for smaller prints.  Larger frames can pull off bigger and bolder patterns.  As a general rule however, donâ??t go for prints that are any bigger than your fist.

Wedges

Wedges fulfil two purposes: they create the illusion of slender calves and ankles, and they also provide more stable height.  Stilettos, while sexy and interesting, can over-exaggerate the size of your legs, making them appear thicker and chunkier than they actually are.

Be smart with the length of your trousers

Pants that drag on the ground will make you look shorter: raise your hemlines so that when wearing heels or flats they are an inch above the ground.

High-waisted pants

Raising your waist will give the illusion of longer legs.  This works on women with smaller hips, so resist this temptation if you are pear-shaped.

Cinch in your waist

Create some shape in your midsection with a belt.  If you donâ??t want to draw attention to your waist, opt for a belt in the same colour as your outfit.  To make more of a statement, go for a belt in a contrasting colour.

Adjust your posture

Stand up straight, bring your shoulders back and avoid slouching.  Just doing this adds a couple centimetres to your silhouette.

In just a few seconds, you can look slimmer and taller giving you a great confidence boost.  Donâ??t skip the gym though â?? this is still your best option to looking trim and slim.

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