6 Clever Tricks to Help Make Your Waistline Look Slimmer

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If you’re on the thicker side when it comes to body types, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. You’re beautiful, regardless! Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with wanting that hourglass look from time to time, with the waistline looking just a little slimmer than it really is. Fortunately, there are some clever tricks you can turn to that will help make your waistline look slimmer. The best part is that all of them are rather easy to do and, other than maybe one of these, won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

So, are you ready to make your waistline look slimmer?  Then give these tricks a try:

Invest in Shapewear

One of the easiest ways to make your waistline look slimmer is to wear what’s called shapewear, or undergarments specifically designed to highlight your body’s natural curves, compressing fats here and there to create a smooth silhouette that is sure to give you that extra confidence when trying to get that hourglass look.

In particular, you should invest in great shapes hosiery, which is body shaping legwear that will hug you in all the right places to either emphasize your gorgeous figure or even make your waist look slimmer. Other types of shapewear you can invest in include control camisoles, corsets, and waist cinchers. Whatever shapewear you buy, though, do make sure that it fits you snugly but comfortably.

Try on an Illusion Dress

A tried and tested trick that celebrities use to flaunt their figure, and give them more of that hourglass look, is to wear an illusion dress. An illusion dress, as the name suggests, is a dress that will slim down not only your waistline, but also your body. The illusion in this case is made possible by certain tricks as well, like incorporating black or near-blackish panels onto the sides of the dress that help create the illusion of a smaller waist.

This trend of wearing illusion dresses is said to have been started by Stella McCartney a few years ago, and it has since become one of the go-to tricks for women who want to make their waistlines appear slimmer. Unfortunately, illusion dresses can be a bit pricey, making this trick one of the more expensive ones on this list. That said, they are a good investment and will give you the profile you’re looking for.

Wear a Belt Paired with an Uplifting Bra

Aside from making sure that your pants fit you snugly, a belt can do for your waist what shapewear can: compress your waist to a point that your waistline looks smaller.

The trick to using these accessories properly is twofold. First, wear your belt slightly above your actual waistline. Right around an inch higher than where you’d normally put it would do. Then, wear an uplifting or push-up bra to go along with the belt to complete the slimming effect of the belt and bra combo.

What happens here is that you are creating more space separating your breasts from your belly waist by pushing your breasts up, instantly creating that hourglass shape illusion. Wearing the belt cinches your waist further, adding to the slimming effect of using this trick. A point to remember: If you are after the slimming effect, make sure you match the color of your belt to that of your pants or skirt. What this does is add to the illusion by making you look not only slimmer, but also taller.

Go Dark and Monochromatic

This next trick has something to do with the color of what you will wear. For this one, the trick is again twofold. First, wear either black or dark colors, like navy blue, brown, and purple, as these dark hues are guaranteed to make you look slimmer. Light colors, on the other hand, achieve the opposite effect of making you look stouter, so avoid them if you want the illusion of a slimmer waistline.

Second, make sure that your top and bottom are either matching colors or are very similar for a monochromatic look that will make you appear sleek and slim. You can, for example, go all black, rock a royal blue T-shirt and pair it with dark wash blue denim jeans, or wear a green floral shirt and an olive-green skirt.


Wearing accessories can accomplish a lot of things for your overall look. For example, it can show your personality, add some style to your get-up, and turn your look from drab to fab. And yes, wearing accessories can also make your waistline appear smaller, especially if the accessory you choose is a wide belt, which you can wear on pretty much anything to slim your waist—even if it is just an illusion. 

Another way accessories create the illusion of a smaller waistline is by drawing attention away from it. This is something a stylish watch, loud jewelry, colorful scarves, and fashionable handbags can do. These accessories in effect make your waist an afterthought, with people more likely to pay attention to the add-ons you have.

Just Tuck in Your Top!

One of the simplest ways to give yourself the hourglass silhouette you’ve been looking for is by simply tucking your top’s hem into the waistband of your pants or skirt. Naturally, this won’t work with every look, and doing this with a dress would not be possible, but if you’re going with at least two pieces, you can go this route. Just tuck your top neatly into whatever bottoms you’ll be wearing. Then, raise your arms slightly to tug a bit of the top’s fabric out of your bottoms, but not all of it. This will allow you to move comfortably, while still accentuating your cinched waist and showing off that silhouette.

On the other hand, if you want your tucked look to remain in place throughout the day, you may want to buy some garters. These fasten around your thighs and have clamps that keep your shirt from spilling out over your pants or skirt, no matter how much you move around. These will also give you a sleek, more polished look, with clean hard lines extending from your top down to your bottoms.

Again, it is perfectly fine to be a bit on the bigger side, with a fuller waist than others. But for those times when you feel like making that waistline appear smaller, you can simply choose from the tricks above, and—voila!—your waistline will definitely look slimmer.