The other day I received a question on how to dress while losing weight. Now the particular woman who wrote me expressed her love of vintage and disclosed the fact that she was tall.
All of which are an absolute plus in my book!
Many times seasonal trends don’t highlight looks for tall women, but wearing vintage clothes is an easy way to take the mystery out of a great look and provide price-conscious camouflaging solutions for how to dress well while losing weight.
Follow my three easy steps and dressing well on a budget and looking chic while losing weight become virtually effortless.
Step 1: Accentuate Your Positives
No matter what shape or size you are, we all have appropriate physical parts that look good in clothing. For instance, if you are a woman who’s broad in the shoulder, or has a larger lower half, or has some extra in the midsection, you may want to show off your shoulders.
An off-the-shoulder top or dress will naturally bring the eye upward and detract from your lower half or midsection. This is one of those looks for tall women that I definitely recommend.
Another part that’s great to accentuate (if it’s small to medium size) is the bust. Get a good push-up bra and a v-neck and rock on! Showing or emphasizing the bust is a great trick fashion pros use when showing celebs how to dress well while losing weight. Anything that draws the eye to the the bust will automatically detract from the hips, midsection, etc.
Step 2: Find Vintage Pieces That Work
The first thing people should understand about “vintage” is that the term is often misused. Vintage, for the sake of this blog post, refers to clothing 25+ years old. Now, because cuts were different (as well as the standard size of the wearer) finding vintage pieces that work can be somewhat of a challenge. You first want to do your research and know the fashion decade you like best .
Next you want to find reputable vendors in your area that carry such pieces.
For starters, go for accessories (think scarves, hats, belts, handbags, jewelry, etc.) that can really accent a more modern-day look. Accessories is also a great place to start because it’s a real money saver when you’re learning how to dress well while losing weight. No matter your weight or size, accessories don’t have sizes so they’ll be usable now as well as in the future.
This is also a good tip for dressing well on a budget in general.
If you’re petite, average, or tall, you can find some great vintage pieces that work for your wardrobe. The best looks for tall women are those that accent their height in a positive light. Maybe you can wear capes, funky hats, and drape cardigans that shorter women can’t wear. Test some of these pieces out in your closet and see what you like.
One of my all-time favorite vintage pieces that work are wrap dresses!
Yes, they are still very much alive and well today, but many times the vintage editions have gathering and detailing that’s lost in the fashion world today. Gathering, detailing, and ruffles can be great camouflage when trying to hide a midsection or hips and always an elegant option for a chic look if you want to know how to dress for losing weight.
Just a word of warning: many vintage stores don’t allow returns, so if you want to find vintage pieces that work, it may be wise to wear what you would wear with a particular piece while you’re out shopping. This way you can easily try it on in the dressing room and proceed from there.
Step 3: Shapewear for Everyday – Wear Comfortable Compression Shapewear
I know this is not something most women want to hear, but the fact is even celebrities wear shapewear!
If you want to get a more defined silhouette or just look better in your clothes, comfortable compression shapewear for everday use is the way to go. There are a ton of brands in the market place today, so there are definitely a lot of choices. Comfortable compression shapewear will smooth out rolls, hold in waistlines and hips, and so many other things. You just have to give it a chance.
Shapewear for everyday should be durable, breathable, and most of all comfortable whether you’re sitting or standing.
Since shapewear isn’t cheap, the best time to buy is during big sales events (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, After-Christmas, Semi-Annual Sale, President’s Day Sale, etc.). Do a little research before you buy any shapewear and see how a particular brand sizes their products and what products will work for your problem areas. This will save a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
Try some of these tips and let me know what you think!