Best Beauty and Fashion Tips to Hide Weight Gain

Have you gained a few pounds recently and are just having a hard time hiding that extra weight?

Best Beauty and Fashion Tips to Hide Weight Gain- pi of woman inspecting her body in he mirror

There are several reasons that we gain weight: stress, gorging on sweets and delicacies during holidays, middle age, having a baby, sedentary lifestyle and other things.

It happens to the best of us. We gain a few extra pounds and our entire outlook changes. We feel fat and frumpy – and we don’t want anyone to notice.

You are probably trying to lose weight, but it will not happen overnight. Hiding the weight that you have gained with some tricks is the key until you can lose it.

Next time you're going out on the town don't groan about those few extra pounds. Instead, use these beauty and fashion tips to to hide your weight gain so you look incredible and gorgeous.

Best Beauty and Fashion Tips to Hide Weight Gain - pic of woman who has gained extra weight standing

1. Buy clothes that fit.

 Trying to fit your larger body into your small-body clothes is asking for a disaster – and a lot of emotional distress. Just buy bigger clothes. It isn’t as heartbreaking as it sounds. Size is just a number and looking fantastic can happen at any size. You might find a fabulous top that is even better than your former favorite.


2. Don’t go too big. 

Clothes that are too big are just as bad – or worse – than clothes that are too small. If you buy big, frumpy clothes you will look big and frumpy too.

3. Always try your clothes on before buying them. 

  Obviously, your weight is fluctuating so your size could change from shopping trip to shopping trip. Also, all manufacturers cut and size their clothes differently. Don’t assume the size of one brand will match another.

4. Focus on the good things. 

  If you spend all your time in front of the mirror dwelling on your growing midsection – and how to hide it – you’ll forget about all the good things you have going on. Instead of focusing on the negative, look for ways to accentuate the positive.

5. Don’t be afraid of color. 

True, dark colors like black and blue tend to have a slimming effect. However, things will get dull fast if you are limiting yourself to such drab colors. Don’t be afraid to try something different.

If you do mix and match colors, try to get the darkest color on the area that has experienced the most weight gain.

For example, if your extra pounds have accumulated on your thighs, wear black pants. If your midsection has expanded, don a darker shirt.

6. Don’t forget the accessories. 

Big, bold accessories will make you look smaller. Plus, they can help draw attention to your best features.

For instance, long necklaces give an illusion of height. Additionally, they look great with plain-looking tops.


7. Choose your tops wisely. 

If you have gained weight on the top half of your body, choose your tops with care. A V-neck or scoop neck will draw attention to your face.

Also, go for a fitted, single breasted jacket. Lastly, make sure your top falls just below your waist (and you probably don’t want to tuck it in).

8. Choose your bottoms wisely. 

  If you have gained weight on the lower half of your body, avoid pleats. Instead, try an A-line skirt that comes to about your knees.

9. Straight leg jeans or Bootcut?

Straight leg jeans are denims that are cut so that the diameter of the leg opening is almost exactly the same from the knee down to the ankle. They differ from bootcut or flare jeans which are slightly tapered in the thigh area and begin to widen at the middle of the calf ; hence they fit more snug around the thigh than they do around the knees and calves. [Source]

Straight leg jeans do make your legs look a tad longer than bootcut ones but your body shape should be a criterion in choosing one over the other!

Bootcut ones are more suited to women with a pear shape: those heavy on the hips and thighs while straight jeans make apple shaped or women with less fat on hips and thighs look more slimmer.

10. Ditch that belt

Belts are one of the worst accessories you can wear unless you are tall and super slim. Belts immediately draw attention to your bulging body parts, particularly your abdomen. Why do that? Skip the belt, wear trousers that will fit you well.

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11. Wear bodyshapers 

A bodyshaping undergarment or lingerie can quickly hide those flabs on your tummy in an instant. You can jump into a new figure and discard that frumpy, buxom look that you have.

Body shapers work perfectly to condense the areas that you want to be contoured. Thus, you get to have a body in good contour that will fit any kind of clothing.

A bodyshaper selection tip: you need to select a body shaper that concentrates on the chest, the butt and the abdomen or any of the two. These types of shapers are created carefully and leave no unnecessary lines on the areas where they are worn; all because of the paddings used. Try this, this or this.

However you will still need to follow all the tips for wearing correct size clothing, but with body shaping lingerie or bodyshapers underneath, you'll look extra sleek and sexy.


12. Try wearing wraparounds 

It is more comfortable and stylish to wear wrap around dresses if you are bigger. It will give you a lengthening effect, rather than a widening effect. Pregnant women may also look good in this style of dress.

Wrap around dresses are always good for anyone who wishes to look slim as it creates folds that elongate your torso.

13. Wear heels

Heels are a woman's best friend. Wearing high heels can help make you feel better about yourself, and make your legs seem longer than they actually are, distracting people from your weight.

Be careful, though, as if you are not used to wearing heels, it can be dangerous. Be sure that you can walk in them securely, before venturing out in them, to avoid falls or twisted ankles.


14. Be picky about patterns. 

In general, solid colors hide weight better than patterns. However, vertical stripes are always better than horizontal ones.

The rule of wearing monochromatic colors does not, however, apply to prints.

Never wear same patterns or print on top and bottoms as you would do for solid colors or you'll end up looking like a clown.

Don't avoid prints but do keep in mind that your flower-print top looks best with your monochrome skirt or trousers and not another flower-print capris.

Also if you prefer prints, do remember small prints work better than larger ones. This goes by the simple law that large on large is never a good combination.


15. Go vertical. 

  Add some volume to your hair around the crown. The extra height will make your face look more narrow and skinny.


16. Get bangs.  

Long, side-swept bangs that cut across your face hide undesirable features while drawing attention to the good ones. This style will reduce the fullness of the face and make everything look skinnier.


17. Fight the double chin.

Wearing low cut tops or shirts is a simple option that can draw attention away from the chin area. A shirt with two or three buttons left undone will work well.

Also add a bit of contour powder under your chin. This will create a nice visual effect.

18. Wear a Smile

Be well-dressed and never look frumpy and unkempt. When you feel great about yourself, you will also look so much better. Stand tall, square your shoulders, and be ready to face the world with confidence and smile on your face. Read Grooming Tip:Wear a smile.

In Closing

Unwanted weight gain is a drag. However, it doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself in your house and hide away from the public. It just means you need to get creative with your styling efforts.

By changing your wardrobe a bit and adding new beauty trends, you can easily mask the extra pounds.Remember dressing right could, in fact, make you look five pounds lighter!

But these beauty and fashion tips to make your weight gain less noticeable should not deter you from healthy habits. Ultimately you should try to achieve a healthy weight with proper nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle habits.

Find a diet that you can live with, and be sure to exercise regularly. A daily exercise regimen will really help you to lose the weight that you are trying to rid yourself of. Find a routine that is good for you, and that which is fun, and you will be more likely to stick with it.

But while you're a work in progress, you can depend on the above beauty and fashion hacks to look slimmer.

However, remember that you are not the only person who has put on weight. Love your body for all its faults and don't be too hard on it.

Martha Delgado is a health and beauty writer. She took up the pen after her own experience with weight gain.

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  1. Radhika3:22 PM

    Try wearing accessories, like hats, gloves, earrings, and things like this. This helps to take the focus away from any weight that you have gained.

  2. Wearing high heels can help make you feel better about yourself, and give your legs a long look, distracting people from your weight

  3. Anonymous3:31 PM

    One fun way to make your legs appear smaller is to match the colour of your shoes to your tights as it will make your legs appear taller and slimmer. If you are not wearing tights then invest in some nude coloured shoes to have the same effect.

  4. Rashmi3:33 PM

    Applying some fake tan to your wobbly bits will give the illusion of looking thinner. Dark co lours absorb the light, which can make something appear smaller. So giving the skin a darker tone will have the same effect.

  5. Fashion Expert3:34 PM

    Grab a blusher brush and sweep yourself slimmer. Bronzer creates the illusion that you are thinner as dark colours make areas recede. So use bronzer below your cheekbones, along the jaw line and under the chin to slim down your face.

  6. Namita8:49 PM

    Nice useful tips to hide weight gain


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