Clothing That Makes You Look Slimmer?


What is a slimming type of shirt for someone who is about 5 feet tall and overweight?

By Marie


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June 2, 20090 found this helpful

Shirts that have an extra seam running down the front & back are slimming (they might be darts, but they run vertically). I think a tee shirt under a cotton blouse is slimming. Shirts with short sleeves, especially cap sleeves, to me, are not slimming. Shirts that are stretching at the buttons are the worst.

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June 2, 20090 found this helpful

Try to find a tunic top that has a bottom hem that hits you below your widest area. Don't go for a really baggy shirt -- you want it to skim over your body, not be a tent! If you are large-busted, do not pick anything that is empire waisted (has a band or sometimes stretchy gathering all the way under the bust). A V-neck or scoop neck is flattering because it makes your neck look longer. Wear a camisole underneath for modesty if needed. A long necklace is more flattering than a short one because it makes the eye "stretch" vertically and is slimming.


Choose 3/4 sleeves over short sleeves because they'll elongate your upper arm. Short sleeves are notorious for emphasizing arm flab! You can also put a loose belt over your tunic to accent your waist slightly -- this can be a chain belt, large leather belt, or a scarf. Avoid large prints -- solid colors and small prints are best for a person of your height.

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June 2, 20090 found this helpful

Also blouses that do not have straight across hems. Something with a contour helps.

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June 2, 20090 found this helpful

I have subscribed to a site called MissusSmartyPants. She tells you what clothes will look nice on your type of body. I no longer have the paid subscription, but can recommend her free newsletter through email.


MSP would tell you to try an empire waistline. That is one that sits up under the breasts. Also, she recommends form fitting clothing that has darts front and back. Be sure your top is not too long! For me, one that is 26 inches is perfect, but for you I think it will be around 24 inches because you are shorter than I am. I am 5'5". Check it out and you will see what I mean.

MSP also warns us to be careful about the edges of our clothing. That is armholes, necklines, cuffs, and bottoms edges. Be sure the end of the garment falls where your limb is slimmest. Because that is where a person's eye goes when they look at you. She says, "Dont be afraid to show a little skin." I know we all try to cover up when we dont feel we look our best, but there is a way to show some and not too much skin.


Wear V neck tops. They look best on everyone. Wear a longer necklace that creates the look of a V neck top. Draw the eye down in that fashion.

Wear 3/4 length sleeves instead of long sleeves. It can cut at least 5 pounds off your body weight to wear 3/4 length sleeves. So for you, I'd say never wear long sleeves.

Try to find a store that sells petite fashions. It is imperative that you wear garments for shorter women. that will keep the rise of your pants shorter and your tops shorter as well.

Be careful not to let your handbag overwhelm your shorter sized body. Choose a purse that is opposite of the shape of your body. If your body is rounded, dont choose a rounded or unstructured handbag.

Have your hair styled by a trained hairstylist to create the illusion you are trying to create i.e. a taller slimmer body. She should know how to do that. (I always ask them to make me 10 yrs younger and 50 lbs thinner... rofl)


Dont be afraid of bright colors. You can wear them, but be careful about where you display them. Go nuts on your handbags and shoes for example. Wear something colorful near your face to draw the eye to your face. A pin, scarf or brighter color works well there.

Layer your garments and experiment with textures. Texture adds interest to your wardrobe. MPS recommends we stay within a certain color palette. She says choose the colors that look best on you and buy garments within that color range. For example, I like grey, light turquoise, and soft white. But I can add other colors for different seasons of the year. I can add green in spring or fall as the blue has some green in it.

MSP even tells how to shop at a thrift store. You can find her site through

Best wishes always.

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June 12, 20090 found this helpful

For your height please take into consideration that colours will make you look shorter if you use two different ones, eg. top and shirt. Please use the same colour for the top and pants/skirt and use colour in a jacket that is tailored in the back. This gives you the appearance of a waist and and provides shape (I have no waist so this is a trick that I use to make me look more shapley).


You may want to use darker colours like brown or grey with a bright jacket (or shirt) of say orange, silver or copper. Something that will compliment your skin, hair colour or eyes. Use accessories to attract people to the areas you want them to look at. You can use makeup to attract people to your eyes (if they are a feature for you), a necklace to draw them to your neck, things like that.

One thing though is be critical about what you want to wear, do not wear it just because you have it (unless your are cleaning house and it doesn't matter), wear it because it makes you feel good. I have given away stuff that I have finally admitted doesnt look good on me. Ask a good friend who will be truthful to tell you if the clothes look good on you.

I have stopped buying things just because they are on special. Buy a few selected items that make you feel attractive and wear them all the time. I believe a famous actress said this - can't recall her name.

Linda of Denmark

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