Are you carrying some extra kilos?

This SS 2015 season is about rich textures likes lace, broderie or eyelet, sheer, matt and shine. In terms of tailoring it seems more on the relaxed side than on the fitted side. Pastel colours and also bright rich oranges, red and green have been spotted in different clothing stores. And when it comes to prints I’ve seen lots of bold and big florals. So this season is already showcasing some exciting and diverse looks.

Whether you are reading this blog in 2015, or in 2025 it doesn’t really matter. Yes fashion changes from one year to the other, however these styling principles outlined below will never change.

Spring and summer can be very challenging seasons if you have put some extra weight or if you are concerned about some extra lumps and bumps around your torso. So here some tips that you can use when dressing under those challenges that will make you look leaner while feeling fresh.

  1. Bring attention to your face and shoulders

A cold shoulder (or a cut off shoulder) top is a popular trend this season. Team it up with a bold necklace and keep it simple with your bottom. Having your shoulders exposed, still having a sleeve is a very clever way to bring attention to your face and shoulders and moving attention away from your tummy. Make sure the top has a scoop or deep u-neck to create that slimming effect.

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Top from Katies


  1. The more skin you show the longer and slimmer you will look

A lace detail top or broderie is a fun and fresh way to show and expose your skin while feeling fresh. Wear it with a fitted tank top underneath to give you that necessary coverage. You will still see a lot of skin through arms shoulders and cleavage. For an exciting colour blocking look chose a high contrast coloured tank top.

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           Top from Cue

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Top from Katies

  1. Opt for happy, bright or lights colours fabrics that don’t cling

The natural tendency of women when they feel uncomfortable with their bodies and weight is to wear black or dark colours. Light colours could be very slimming. Actually it’s not about the colour, it’s about choosing fabrics, which don’t cling like viscose or rayon. Black looks so heavy during warm and hot days. Please remember that lighter colours convey light and fresh energy and that’s what you want.

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 Outfits from Katies

  1. Choose natural fibres

Fabrics like cotton, linen, crayon or viscose are natural fibres which means that they breathe nicely and you don’t tend to sweat as much as with synthetic fabrics. I really like the clothing from wYse. It’s an Australian fashion label which designs comfortable garments using natural fibres plus they are proudly made in Australia. Here is the website


  1. Go a bit flowy with your top and more fitted with your bottoms

If the idea of wearing a tight top won’t be something that you may consider now, go for something a bit flowy without losing your shape (still fitted). Kimonos and oversized tops can make look even bigger and frumpier. Since you are opting for something a bit roomier with your top try to wear something fitted with your bottom such as a pencil skirt.

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 Outfit from Jacquie

  1. Wear vertical or diagonal panels

Vertical or diagonal panels in your tops and dresses can be so forgiving. It’s all an optical trick. If the panels are positioned vertical alongside your dress our eyes tend to focus on the centre section, which now looks longer and slimmer.

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  1. Layering

Layering during summer could get very tricky because of the heat. The more layers you wear the hotter you will feel. But what about wearing a light-weight cotton t-shirt or tank top and then you add a second layer like a sleeveless vest. This second layer will add an interesting dimension to your look while bringing shape to your silhouette.

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Outfit from Sussan

Remember that dressing is an attitude. Even if you don’t feel great on your body right now you won’t do anything positive if you cover yourself with oversized dark coloured garment. Dress today to highlight your best bits, i.e. face, shoulders, legs, arms, etc and bring attention to those parts you feel more proud off showing them. Try some of the tips above and you will start to feel the difference in your confidence and mood.

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