To help us create a slimming outfit for the season, we turned to Alexis Zipp, a fashion stylist and mom of one (with another on the way) in New York City.
A V-neck visually elongates the neck. Find styles similar to this blouse at gap.com.
A jacket that falls just past the hips instantly lengthens your silhouette while hiding your butt, says Zipp. The drawstring design also emphasizes the waist, the narrowest part of your body.
There's no shame in getting a little extra help from shapewear. The model is wearing the Tanks A Little tank top by Slimpressions ($54; slimpressions.com), which smooths out bulges.
It's a Cinch!
Thin is in for belts, which automatically slim your waist.
Denim "Do's" and "Don'ts"
Skinny jeans? So last year, says Zipp, who adds that the name is deceiving since their tight fit and low rise highlight hips and thighs. You'll get the opposite effect from a pair like the Cj by Cookie Johnson Felicity Flare New Vintage Jean, $185; cookiejohnson.com.
Heels are a must for looking lean. Fortunately, chunkier ones are hot, so you don't have to worry about teetering in stilettos.
Originally published in the October 2011 issue of Parents magazine.