dressing thinner, image consulting, wardrobe consultingStyle Solution:  It’s amazing the difference clothing and accessories can make in how slim and trim a woman looks.  Follow the easy tips listed below to peel off 10 … 15 … even 20 visual pounds – INSTANTLY!

ten pounds thinner


    • Wear a “column of color” – one color head to toe.
    • Add a contrasting over-layer bodice – OPEN – so the eye continues to follow the column underneath
    • A scarf tied at the center front adds another slimming vertical line.  A long necklace might have a similar effect.
    • Color-tone hosiery to the hemline and the shoe to avoid hard horizontal color breaks.
    • A shoe with a 2″ heel lifts and shapes the lower leg.
    • Shoes with a lower vamp expose more of the foot, for a longer-legged look.
    • Body-shaping pantyhose smooth out any “lumps and bumps” on your lower body.
    • A spandex-blend camisole (worn over or instead-of a bra) minimize any back bulges.
    • Be sure your bra provides enough support – the full point of your bust should rest no lower than halfway between your sternal notch and your navel.
    • With any unstructured bodice or sweater, try adding a removable foam shoulder pad to balance any extra fullness in your hips, tummy, bust or upper arm.
    • Try pushing up your sleeves -it moves the eye upward away from your hips.
    • Add statement earrings – at least the size of a dime – to further anchor attention near your face.
    • Keep fabrics soft and drapable, but not clingy.
    • Use darker,duller colors on parts of your body you’d like to minimize.
    • Use brighter, lighter colors on other areas to create a visual balance.
    • For information on camouflaging specific figure challenges, see the book LOOKING GOOD Every Day or enroll in one of our all-day Style School sessions.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Sherry Fay on September 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I am a woman in my early 60’s who likes to look stylish but age apporpriate. I am short and somewhat overweight. The current tapered leg and highly fitted jeans look terrible on me. What is a better choice considering the current trends?
    Thanks, Sherry

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      It’s tough to give you a personalized answer without seeing you, Sherry. But in general I find that many women look better in narrow jeans than they expect they will. The boot cut styles that are often promoted as a way to balance hips tend to draw attention to the flare at the bottom of your figure and actually make us shorties look even shorter. Of course a straight leg is always an option – ideally sleek through the thigh and straight from knee to hem. You can ramp up the flattery of any jean style by wearing an over-layer top with the edges slightly apart to crate a strong vertical stripe of the under-top color visible at center front. And adding a small removable shoulder pad also helps balance hips and add visual height to your look.

  2. jackie Jones on November 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    What is the “external notch”? Never heard of it before!
    thank you x

    • Nancy Nix Rice on November 4, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      Oh my gosh! It should say “sternal notch” and I guess the automatic spell check didn’t know what that was and and substituted “external” without my noticing. IT is that little soft indented spot at the base of your neck at center front. I wonder how many other people have read that, not understood it, and never asked. Thanks for giving me a heads-up to fix it.

  3. Linda Nemanick on January 1, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Nancy used to work for Lord and Taylor and she helped me pull together my wardrobe. I still use her suggestions for help me look taller and slimmer. She’s fantastic!!! I’m glad I’ve found her again!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on January 1, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Why thanks Linda – it’s nice to be “found”.

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