During the colder months of the year, it’s important to layer your outfits in order to stay warm and cosy in the midst of chilly temperatures.
For some, this might mean curating an ensemble with more than two or three layers to ensure you stay warm all day long, both inside and outside.
While knowing how to dress warmly during the winter is key to surviving the cold, it can sometimes leave you looking like an overstuffed version of yourself.
The good news is you really can build stylish winter outfits that will keep you warm while still showing your body shape.
Even with multiple layers (and a warm coat!), you can still create a slimming winter outfit by making thoughtful decisions and choosing the right clothing, outerwear and even slimming undergarments.
Here are a few tips on how to look slimmer in your winter clothes this year.
1. Underwear Matters: While you might not normally think of underwear as a way to help you look slimmer while wearing winter clothing, it can actually help you out a lot in the long run.
Wearing a pair of shaping panties underneath jeans, leggings or other pants can help define your shape and add an extra layer underneath to help keep you warm.
Choose a high-waisted pair for more coverage, smoothing power and an insulating effect. You’ll want to ditch your thongs until springtime.
2. Incorporate Shapewear: While shaping panties do a great job, you can take things up to the next level by adding in some higher coverage shapewear for women.
If winter clothing generally makes you feel frumpy or bigger in general due to thick fabrics and outerwear that seems to swallow you whole, consider wearing a body shaper underneath clothing to help smooth and slim your body.
Not only does this garment make you look slimmer, but it also acts as a bonus layer to help keep you warm all day or night. Plus, many shapewear pieces like body shapers include added lifting power in the butt and bra regions.
If you’re looking for a piece of women’s shapewear that’s dedicated to the tummy area in particular, go for the gold with a waist cincher underneath your winter clothes.
These tummy cinchers don’t mess around and will give you instantly noticeable results, even underneath thick winter fabrics and materials like wool, fleece and heavy cotton knits.
It’s the perfect way to define your waist shape underneath jeans and sweaters for daily wear. It’s also the perfect companion for cold-weather parties and upscale events because it’s undetectable beneath winter sweater dresses and tight-fitting clothing.
3. Layer Thoughtfully: As previously mentioned, layering is the key to staying toasty in winter weather. By starting off with a fitted first layer on both the top and bottom, you are essentially trapping your body heat so that it doesn’t escape through loose layers where the cold air can intervene. Don’t be fooled by thick and chunky knit sweaters that are seemingly warm, either.
While these can work well as an outer layer, the cold air can easily penetrate the openings between each stitch when worn alone, making you colder and contributing to a non-slimming look. Instead, begin your outfit with a fitted tank top or long sleeve shirt paired with shaping leggings for ample coverage and slimming power. When you have this powerful initial layer, it’s probable that you won’t feel the need to wear as many layers overall, which will help you look slimmer.
4. Choose Styles Wisely: It’s no secret that different styles, cuts and shapes make a difference when it comes to clothing. The best winter styles and cuts can also vary a lot when it comes to body types and heights as well, so it’s important to do some research before the temperature starts to get cold.
You want to be prepared with the most flattering styles during the winter in order to help you define your shape. When shopping or browsing the web for potential slimming winter clothing, giant puffer coats and oversize furry jackets or ponchos are not going to do you any favours. Sure, they’re super soft and cosy, but you can stay just as warm in something that shows more of your shape.
Thermal leggings, leg-hugging boots, fitted turtlenecks and belted dresses are all great options when it comes to creating a slimming winter outfit.
For heavier coats, go for something that accentuates the waistline with a visible button or seam. This breaks up the coat material and helps keep your body shape looking defined.
Just because you have to cover your body in warm clothes during the winter months doesn’t mean you have to hide it. Keep these tips in mind the next time you plan a cold-weather outfit.