Bikini season may be over, but no one wants to take off their bikini and immediately pack on the pounds. Prevent yourself from throwing all that hard work you did this summer out the window with these tips and tricks from Charla Krupp, author of How to Never Look Fat Again. Even if you do manage to gain a pound or two, these easy tricks will make it your little secret.
Buy a New Bra
The one thing every woman can do right now to look thinner in her clothes is to buy a new bra, says Krupp. “Eighty-five percent of women are walking around in the wrong bra, and it makes their breasts look lower than they should be.” The goal is to create as much space as possible between your waist and chest so your torso appears longer and leaner, advises Krupp. The trick is to have an expert measure you instead of automatically buying the same size you always do. Head to the lingerie department at a fine department store or a specialty shop like the Intimacy boutique to get hooked up (no pun intended).
Wear a V-Neck Top
When it comes to dressing thinner, Krupp swears by V-neck tops. “The downward diamond shape optically elongates and narrows so you don’t have a cutoff point where the actual neck stops, which gives the illusion of extra inches.” There’s just one caveat to living in V’s: You must take care of the skin on your body, especially your neck and chest. Krupp recommends starting in the shower with Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash, which helps improve elasticity, dryness, dullness, and the appearance of fine lines. Follow up by applying an anti-aging body moisturizer.
Invest in Shapewear
By now you’re probably very familiar with the miracle known as Spanx. Krupp is a huge fan of the shapewear line, but acknowledges that these pieces can feel like sausage casing when it’s hot outside. The solution: Skinny Britches, a new line of ultra-sheer shapewear from Spanx that can be layered depending on how much compression you need. “The pieces are actually very feminine and pretty so it’s okay if they peek out,” says Krupp.
Show Off Your Legs
Bare legs can be the sexiest look of all, as long as you’re committed to keeping them in top form,” says Krupp. To reveal slimmer legs, start by shaving. “It might sound obvious, but many women think they can get away with a little leg hair,” says Krupp. (Here’s looking at you, Mo’Nique.) She recommends using a good, multi-blade razor like Venus Embrace to ensure a close shave. Next, nix pastiness and cover veins with a sunless tanner or bronzer such as DuWop Revolution. Finally, slip on a pair of nude heels that blend into your skin tone to create the illusion of longer, leaner legs.