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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Putting on a Few extra Pounds and 5 tips for Looking Slimmer.

5 Tips to look Slimmer when you're not! Non-Date night Outfit • Fake Fabulous

Has anyone else added a few pounds to their frame over the past few weeks of lockdown?
I know I have!

I'm fondly calling it my LOCKDOWN LARD and to be honest with you, I don't mind at all.
I'm making the most of each day.
Enjoying my food and the odd vodka, or beer... or both!

{If we can't be a bit squishy and cuddly during lockdown when can we?}

Yesterday however, someone at work commented on how much weight she thought I'd lost despite me having put ON just over half a stone.

This got me thinking 2 important things....

FIRST (and most important)
Why is it okay for someone to think it's okay to comment on your weight?
The amount of weight you have 'lost 'or how skinny you're looking does not need to be highlighted.
These people would never even consider telling someone that they had piled ON so much weight or were looking really chunky, would they?
That would be rude.
Why isn't it considered rude to say how skinny someone looks?

SECOND (and most curious)
How can you put on half a stone and look thinner?
{Puzzled Face}

The answers to these questions are easy...

Question 1

Why do people think it's okay to comment on how THIN someone is looking?
When they would NEVER comment on how fat someone was looking.
Or say...

"Blimey...You've PUT ON so much weight!"

This issue drives me CRAZY.
I'm not going to go into it (again) here, but you can read my thoughts on WEIGHT SHAMING and why it's never okay (fat or skinny) HERE.

Question 2

Looking thinner with half a stone extra?
Hmmmm?...Interesting, eh?
When I got home I had a good look at what I was wearing and came to the conclusion that it was my outfit (and hair) that were giving me the
"You've lost weight"

Nothing fancy or clever, just 5 simple things that anyone can do.
{More on those in a moment}

Moving on to todays outfit...

5 Tips to look Slimmer when you're not! Non-Date night Outfit • Fake Fabulous

My 7+ pounds of surplus flesh is straining the seams of this jumpsuit.
Luckily, it's a very rigid denim, so I'm held down (so to speak) although there is an angry little gape at the pockets.
My rump is trying it's hardest to escape!

I never put weight on my limbs, face or chest.
Excess inches collect around my middle and on my haunches.
Nature has a sense of humour, that's for sure.

This outfit is a casual date night outfit, with one omission...
The date night!

My husband and I actually had a curry and a few beers at home.
We sat in the garden and imagined a lovely outdoor restaurant.
Unfortunately, I had to change out of this jumpsuit in order to accommodate my food baby and ended up in denim shorts and a cami.
I kept my clogs on though.
{They went surprisingly well with the outfit!}

5 Tips to look Slimmer when you're not! Non-Date night Outfit • Fake Fabulous

CLOGS: Free People (eBayed)
BAG: A gift
NECKLACES: Various vintage/gifts

5 Tips to look Slimmer when you're not! Non-Date night Outfit • Fake Fabulous

Back to the extra pounds yet slimmer issue...
I did 5 things that day (unintentionally) which made me look narrower than I am.

1. My sleeves were pushed up and my jean ankles were cuffed.

Simple tips that work!
Highlight your narrowest parts by showing them off.

2. My outfit was monochromatic(ish).

Light denim jeans, white trainers and a pale blue cashmere jumper.
Monochrome outfits make you look longer and narrower no matter what colour you choose.

3. I wore a V-neck.

V-necks elongate and narrow.
This is why I tend not to wear them very often.

4. My hair was in a sleek updo.

My hair was dirty (and driving my crazy) to I tied it up in a messy but sleeked back bun.
An instant slimmer, especially as my hair adds volume to my frame naturally.

5. I didn't wear anything tight or clingy.

Loose fitting clothes are much more flattering than clingy clothes.
All rolls and lumps are skimmed rather than squeezed.
So much better!
However, avoid overly loose or baggy as this has the opposite effect.
Think skim rather than smother or cling!

So there are no amazing tips or tricks just 5 easy steps anyone can follow.

Although, having said all of this,  I don't think anyone should have to try and look slimmer (or otherwise).
Just wear what you love and if anyone comments smile sweetly and ignore them.

If you want to know more, try reading this old post... and get a laugh at my outfit!

3 Easy Ways to hide those extra pounds.

5 Tips to look Slimmer when you're not! Non-Date night Outfit • Fake Fabulous



  1. First off, great advice for commenting on another's appearance, period. I always found the ol' retail advice of "comment on a specific item that someone is wearing" is much more helpful than the back-handed compliments or outright insults. "Oh, your hair looks so" "You look so skinny/curvy in that."

    I adore this strapless jumpsuit - what a cool garment. But those clogs made my breath catch - they are fabulous! Hope things are going all right for you, Samantha!

  2. Theres more than a bit of genius here Samantha. Loved learning what a "stone" equals! Your look is fun, sexy and I admire your sass.
    Love, Jude

  3. Totally agree that commenting on someone's appearance is usually rude, even when it could be considered a compliment (many times they are back-handed compliments). I never comment on anyone's weight (nor pregnancy!), I prefer to compliment her style or personality.
    Great advice on looking slimmer, I'd never considered the pushed up sleeves!. These are great tips. Anyway, I totally agree that wearing whatever you like is the best advice!
    Love your jumpsuit and love that you look really elegant and cool. Those accessories are stunning!. And so lovely that you had a date-night at your own garden! ;D


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