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MY GO-TO STYLING TIPS | HOW TO MAKE CLOTHES WORK WHEN YOU'RE LOOSING WEIGHT

MY GO-TO STYLING TIPS | HOW TO MAKE CLOTHES WORK WHEN YOU'RE LOOSING WEIGHT

There comes a moment when all of the hard work you put into exercising and eating right pays off.  That moment of truth when you're getting dressed in the morning, slip on your favorite jeans and pause. Suddenly, the waistband is no longer taut to your hips.  Instead, the sewn denim drops down to your hips creating an unbelieveable amount of sagging in the crotch. When this happens, it's hard not to wish that you could suddenly gain that weight back that you lost just for the day in order to make the pants work.  But instead of running to Krispy Kreme to scarf down half-a-dozen glazed pieces of heaven in attempt to bloat yourself in the name of your favorite jeans, there are ways to fake the fit. 

PANTS

I have a love/hate relationship with losing weight around my stomach.  Yes, I love the look of a flat stomach but at the same time, I love when I can slip on a skirt or pair of pants and they fit perfectly -- which doesn't always happen in the midsts of losing weight.  I have tried the whole, "stick-your-stomach-out-as-far-as-it-can-go-the-whole-day-so-your-bottoms-can-fit" trick.  But all that leads to is hard breathing and a protruding stomach. 

I have been using my favorite trick for making pants work for a long time now.  But just recently during spring fashion week, I noticed this "style" becoming a trend on the runway: the paperbag waist.

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I accomplish this styling trick by taking a thick belt and tying it tight around my waist, creating a cinched look.  Not only is this stylish and in trend, but it allows the loose pant to fit better.

SHIRTS

There's nothing I love more than a statement belt, and when my shirts are a little bit too big for my liking, they're my go-to.  As much as I love the oversized tee-shirt style, sometimes slimming your newly trimmed waist is better than hiding it under a tent of fabric.  I discovered my obsession with the statement belt around the time when I was just starting to lose weight around my waist.  Since the vast majority of shirts I own are flowy (because of comfort and their ability to hide the problem areas around my stomach), I decided I needed something to cinch the extra material. 

As shown in Antonio Marras Spring 2016 collection, a statement belt can be used for not only just shirts, but also dresses.  It's time to start embracing your newly found curves, and what better way to do so than with a statement belt? 

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I accomplished this styling trick by bringing the belt around my waist and tying it in two ways:

1) the typical way where you gather all the fabric in around your waist; the simple look

2) pull the belt around your waist and pull out some of the tee-shirt material from the sides, its' the perfect combination of put-together-oversized

JEANS

One of my biggest struggles is jeans.  No matter if I have put on pounds or have lost some, jeans never fit me exactly how I want them to.  Thus, has led me on a scavenger hunt to find the best-fitting jeans.  Even with all of my searching, I have yet to find a pair that fits me perfectly.  This has caused me to improvise and use my styling skills to my benefit.  The boyfriend jean has become a major trend on the street style scene.  Though you don't need special skills to style these, because they come boyfriend style as-is, they are a great piece to invest in when you're in-between sizes and not sure how to incorporate your old jeans into your new-body-wardrobe.

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You can style the boyfriend jeans in several ways:

1) Tucking in a simple tee-shirt with a leather jacket; chic yet casual

2) Letting a sweater drape over the waistband of the jeans for cooler days

3) Pairing a blouse and booties for a more stylish and dressed up ensemble

THE ART OF LAYERING

My final tip is my most go-to when my clothes just aren't 100% anymore: layering.  I fully support the use of layering on an everyday basis.  By doing this, it allows certain pieces to look better on with other pieces versus off by itself.  You can incorporate layering with shirts, sweaters, jeans, pants and just about every piece in your wardrobe; the possibilities are endless.

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What styling tricks will you be trying?  Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know what tips of mine you end up trying!

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