By this time of year most of our New Year’s resolutions have probably fallen by the wayside, but if we’re still clinging on to them and working towards making a change then we can probably use all the help we can get.
This is especially true if our resolution was to be healthier and lose weight. We all know how slow that process can take, but there is a way we can use our wardrobe to actually help us stay motivated.
From my experience, I have found we often self-sabotage our goals of self improvement with how we dress. Aside from wanting to look in the mirror and like what we see, how we dress can provide motivation and positive reinforcement to keep us working toward our goals.
Here are a few simple tricks we can use that will significantly impact our reflection:
- Invert our color placement. One of the easiest ways to look thinner is to elongate our vertical line, and while straight leg pants are a great way to do that, there are other options. One of those is to invert our color blocking. Wearing a dark color on the bottom makes it disappear, but it also shortens your overall look, making your torso do all the work.
Instead, try wearing a dark color on top and lighter pants. This will draw attention to your legs and when paired with a knee-high boot in the same color family you instantly create a two-part leg line extending it visually. A high heel will further help the extension, but it is not necessary to create the effect.
- Minimize the extra holiday pounds. We all indulge during the holidays and tend to exercise less. While that may be a common fact, but we certainly don’t need to broadcast it. A good way to hide any extra weight is with a darker color. This is the added bonus of inverting your color palette. A dark top and matching jacket make the perfect camouflage for an extended stomach.
Continue the effect with a longer, fitted shirt worn with a shorter jacket. Finding one with an asymmetrical zipper is an added bonus, because it will throw off the standard visual cue of a vertical zipper running down the middle of your torso creating a more flattering and interesting focal point.
- When all else fails and we want to divert attention from areas we’re self-conscious about choose statement accessories. Large bags give you more to hide behind when carried in the crook of your arm; while printed scarves always elicit compliments and provide the perfect place to show off our personal style.
Now is the time to double down on our resolutions and push them over the threshold of becoming healthy habits. However, until that happens, we can use our wardrobe as a tool for self-help instead of self-sabotage.