body types

Isn’t there, always (sigh!) at least one body part you wish was slimmer?

In my line of work, believe me…I’ve seen how hard my clients are on themselves.

Mother Nature may not have blessed you with slender ankles. So what?! Or perhaps you’re at a time in your life when you’ve put on some extra weight. No worries!

It’s possible to slim down any body part without diet and exercise. Find the right clothing, accessories or beauty product to do the work for you. No heavy lifting required.

This is one of my absolute favorite parts about my job and the field of fashion…the fashion physics part. In fact, there are numerous body slimming tricks per body part. Today let’s focus on one.

Here are my top style tricks to slim your body in seconds from head to toe:

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I know what you’re thinking, “Yeah, she looks great in a shirtdress, but I would look frumpy and dumpy in it!”

Before you rule out this timeless, versatile and actually universally figure-flattering summer dress, ideal for both the office as well as weekend events, review my tried-and-true tips.

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Yes, you can wear pleats!

This classic skirt is back in full swing. And springtime is one of the best times to experiment wearing pleats. Fabrics are thinner and more lightweight during the season, so you’re less likely to add visual weight to your body frame. This is extremely important for success.

Pleat placement is a key factor too. Since not all pleats are created equal, it’s essential to make sure skirt pleats do not add bulk and instead flatter your figure. I’ve got tips (shown above) to remove any barriers.

Let your pleat skirt be the star attraction in your outfit and pair with a no-frills top. Belts work best with pleated dresses, which were also all the rage down the runway.

Now is the time to rummage through your closet and locate that pleat skirt you bought years ago or, better yet, go for one of the new, fresh designs in delightful color palettes and add it to your Spring Shopping List.

What do you think of the pleated skirt rage? Do you plan to wear any this season? If so, which style is your favorite?

Image credit, clockwise from top left: Tara Jarmon Blue Printed Pleated Skirt $325, available at StyleBop; Nanette Lepore Desirable Skirt $198, available at Shopbop; Runway, Prada S/S 2012 via Style.com; Madewell Rouge Dot Skirt $118 $94.50, available at Madewell; Steven Alan Murphy Pleated Silk Skirt $265, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Kenneth Cole New York Brushed Windowpane Pleated Skirt (Plus) $99.50 $65.90, available at Nordstrom; Nanette Lepore Sacada Pleated Bottom Skirt $198, available at Bloomingdales.

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A tee with a scoop neckline should be a closet staple in any working woman’s wardrobe.

Its design is modest, feminine and flattering on all body types. Perfect for the office! Plus, it is super versatile…wear it underneath a suit jacket, a cardigan sweater or layer a tank style underneath a deep v-neck dress for extra coverage.

The most important feature to a great scoopneck tee is its fabrication.

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