Well, obviously, two ways to slim your waist are, 1, go on a diet and, 2, do some waist-whittling exercises.
But we’re guessing you didn’t click on this blog to hear that!
You are a woman over 50, a mature woman seeking fashion enlightenment, so we think you are looking for short-cuts, clever styling tricks and fab frocks to give you a slim waist, or make your waist appear thinner.
So here are our top tips (and a few fab frocks) to achieve just that:
- Wear a well-fitting bra, that lifts and supports you and ensures your bust is where it belongs, that is on your chest and not on your waist. There should be a minimum four-finger depth between boobs and waist. If there isn’t at least that, consider buying a new bra, or check that bra-straps haven’t loosened in the wash. If they have, sew bra straps in the correct position so they don’t slip.
- Deportment. Yes, we realise that is very old-school, and indeed reminiscent of PE at school but, hey, it works! Stand tall with shoulders back and everything pulled up and in as it should be. That instantly takes inches off waist and tum. If you don’t believe us, stand sideways in front of a long mirror. (Don’t cheat, stand how you normally stand.) Now stand tall, pull shoulders back and haul in those tummy muscles. See a difference? If you can’t see any difference, congratulations, you have great deportment… you can probably stop reading now!
- Shapewear. When all else fails, and you need your waist to look slimmer, take the shapewear option. A firm-control waist cincher can achieve in minutes what the diet and waist-whittling exercise can achieve in months! But do remember any flab has to go somewhere, so keep that in mind if you are wearing something fitted.
- Tummy issues. Make sure you are not ahem, constipated. Constipation and bloating puff out your tummy and waist and can make your waistline look several inches bigger. If you don’t have any medical condition that prevents you eating lots of roughage, then try to eat lots of roughage – whole-grain bread, fruit, all kinds of veg including lightly cooked green veg, salad greens. Where possible, eat the skin and peel of apples, new potatoes, and jacket potatoes. If you suffer from bloating and your GP has ruled out any intestinal or other health problems, you may wish to consider excluding gluten and/or lactose from your diet. Gluten and lactose can both lead to bloating, so it is worth taking advice from a medical professional. And try to drink lots of water. Water helps hydrate your system so helps prevent constipation, ultimately helping to shrink your waistline.
- Styling Tricks. Consider a full skirt or a skater skirt, as this helps create the illusion of a smaller waist. If you happen to be endowed with a generous bosom, then see point 1. Get a great-fitting bra with plenty of uplift, and always wear a top or dress that caresses your curves, rather than hangs loosely over them as that will make your waist look larger.
5 Frocks to make your waist look leaner
This red/white midi dress by ASOS will instantly make your waist look slimmer thanks to the clever cut, the fitted waist and the stripes. Style with navy or black chunky-heel shoes and statement earrings.
This stunner in green from Jaeger is guaranteed to make any waist look trimmer thanks to the clever wrap style and delicate draping. Style with plain courts, a statement necklace, and a cuff or a few finer bracelets to show off the bracelet-length sleeve
The clever shaping and the softly tying black belt on this gorgeous monochrome print lace dress from Jacques Vert would ensure every waist looked leaner.
This spectacular dress from Studio 8’s desirable Plus-size collection, is available from size 12 to 26. The cleverly designed check pattern immediately slims the waist and the neckline focuses the attention upwards. Style it simply with strappy black shoes to make legs look longer and slimmer.
This divine pop-art print dress from Wallis is a brilliant choice for you if your waist is less trim than you’d like – i.e. gone entirely! With its high-waist and half sleeve, this stunning 60s-inspired dress will just make your waistline a non-issue. Style with block heel courts and statement earrings, or some 60s-inspired gold or silver chains hung round your neck.
Do you like to highlight your waist, or prefer to cover to it up?
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