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3 Easy Ways to Hide those Extra Pounds | Navy Culottes & White Brogues

3 ways to Hide those Extra Pounds | Navy Culottes, White poloneck & Brogues

Have you (like me) put on a few pounds over the holidays?
It's very easily done, isn't it?

Even if you are not a big eater, extra inches are almost inevitable at certain times of year, especially as we get older.
Inches become much easier to lay down, and much harder to shift.

Putting on a few (or a lot of) pounds over the Christmas holiday is very common and nothing to worry about.

And, before you say...

"That's rich coming from you...what do you know about extra inches? You're a size 10!"

Extra weight is annoying at any size, and on a slight frame can look very unsightly and awkward.

{I'm carrying an extra 6, and my skinny jeans are cutting off the circulation!}

In my opinion, slim limbs with a flabby gut is much less attractive than rounded edges to beautiful curves.

So what can you do?

3 ways to Hide those Extra Pounds | Navy Culottes, White poloneck & Brogues

3 easy ways to hide extra pounds

1. Get Loose

Avoid anything tight.
Step away from stiff tailoring and structured fabrics.
Extra pounds will pull at the seams and make you look like you are about to burst free!
Your normally elegant garment will look strained making more lumps and bumps appear.

And, no you can't tuck those extra pounds into your jeans!
I have tried.
There will be oozeage, and it isn't pretty.

If your favourite clothes are a little tight choose something elasticated, or looser fitting.

{I'm wearing elasticated culottes here}

A more forgiving fabric (and design) will stop you feeling bad about yourself.
Clothes that skim over your trouble spots will keep the eye moving to other parts of your outfit.
Oh, and avoid anything too shapeless or baggy.
Shapeless and baggy clothes make you look, well... shapeless and baggy!
Not a great look.

2. Choose Colour and Pattern

We might have been told that black is a classic "slimming" colour, but I am not a fan of an all-black outfit.
I don't think it makes the wearer look slimmer.
It can also be draining to the skin... and I don't need any help with that!

However, if the main part of your outfit is the same (or a similar) colour then this can trick the eye into skimming over the troublesome spots and moving on to something more interesting.
Don't be afraid of bold and bright colours either.
They can be very flattering.

Adding a high contrast (like the white with the navy) can pull the eye to those areas you don't mind showing off... wrists and ankles can be good for this.

Pattern is also great for grabbing attention.

3. Cause a Distraction

Avoid adding details to areas you want to conceal.
That wide belt will not make your waist look slimmer or "hold in" your post Christmas tummy.
Keep eye-catching details away from trouble spots.

Bold shoes and a statement necklace draws the eye away from your midsection.

Drawing attention to the narrower parts of your body by wearing the contrasting colours, patterns or bold accessories there, gives the impression that everywhere else is narrower too!

3 ways to Hide those Extra Pounds | Navy Culottes, White poloneck & Brogues

I needed to give my 6 pound food baby some breathing space.
My trusty skinny jeans were NOT an option (ouch!) but luckily a pair of elasticated culottes came to the rescue.
Loose and comfortable.
Nothing digging in.
Job done!

This tunic is a decent weight of fabric, and was a good cover up.
It skims over my paunch as if it doesn't exist.

Adding a white polo neck was the bright contrast I needed to keep the eye up, and away from my tummy.
Bold silver and white brogues pull the attention down from my lower half to my naturally skinny ankles.

There is nothing very much going on in the centre of my body, so the eye moves quickly away to more interesting areas of my outfit.
Result!

3 ways to Hide those Extra Pounds | Navy Culottes, White poloneck & Brogues

Do you put on a few pounds over Christmas? 
Where do they sit?

How do you dress to accommodate them?
Elasticated waists?
Loose tops and knits?
Distraction tactics?

Please share in the comments, or contact me.
I love hearing from you!

TOP : TkMax...similar.
ROLL NECK: c/o Emreco...similar
NECKLACE: Oliver bonas... this one is fabulous!
CULOTTES: Matalan...similar 
TIGHTS: Topshop
SHOES: Aldo...similar
GLOVES: Dents
BAG: Hidesign... similar

3 ways to Hide those Extra Pounds | Navy Culottes, White poloneck & Brogues


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12 comments

  1. You're a mind reader ---- I was looking for ways of disguising my "food baby." With me it goes on around the middle and thighs. I find wearing skirts is a good swap for jeans. Love your tunic, the necklace and contrast makes it look very zingy and fresh.

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    1. Thank you Gail. Great idea to wear a skirt...I suppose these culottes are just a skirt with a bit sewn up the middle?! :oP XXX

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  2. I LOVE your new term oozeage!!!!
    I also love your white and silver brogues. (I still don't have any!!!)
    I think I need to resolve to get brogues in 2017.
    Lots of great tips for ways to camouflage holiday fluffage! (not as good as oozeage)
    Cullottes just haven't pushed my style buttons (yet?) but I swear girl you look lovely in just about everything.

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    1. Thank you Judy! They haven't really pushed my style button either....but they were the only thing with enough room to breathe apart from joggers :oP XXX

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  3. I'm so glad you posted this, I'm almost embarrassed to say if I've put on weight to anyone and it's usually a good 8lbs in winter! It only goes on my lower tummy, so as a size 8, I look quite pregnant, oops. I switch from jeans or skinnies to cords/fitted trousers. Skirts hide a multitude of sins until I've started eating normally and gardening in spring :). Love this outfit btw, particularly the white polo neck with the rich blue (and the necklace!). Lovely

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    1. Nothing to be embarrassed about Denise! I hear you loud and clear when it comes to that faux-baby belly.... hahaha. It's weird how fat deposits itself so differently with different body types.
      I call it my "poison pig" belly :oP
      XXX

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  4. I totally gain my in my tush and boobs. My bras are the first clue to tell me when there's been some weight gain!
    I actually think that's the advantage to colder weather..at least we can use our layers accordingly and hide those extra pounds!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Boobs and bum!?
      Lucky you Jodie :o)
      I go more like a snake that has eaten a large meal!! :oP
      Three cheers for winter layers.
      XXX

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  5. What a great post for this time of year Sam. Yes, we're all struggling with an extra bulge or two currently so your tips are very well received in this quarter too. Distraction is my favourite ploy and your necklace and shoes help draw the eye from one extreme to the other without time to read what's going on in the middle. Well done! You look fab and the post is fab too.
    Anna x
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Anna. It's so easy to pile on a few pounds isn't it? Luckily we have a world of fashion and accessories to play with....smoke and mirrors! :o) XXX

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  6. Love it! I love how you put outfits together!

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  7. I really love your outfit, the beautiful contrasting white color, the texture of those culottes, the fabulous accessorizing!
    I've also put on weight, and I'm dissapointed, but that's not the end of the world. Your great advice will help!
    I'm in love with those white brogues indeed!
    besos

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