6 Ways to Look Thinner Instantly

Neiman MarcusNeiman MarcusIf you're like most of America, you've eaten a little too much over the last week, and now it's time to face the music.

You're packing a few extra pounds right now, and until you can manage to get to the gym and sweat the extra weight off, the waistband of your skinny jeans just might be cutting off circulation to your brain.

I can't help your blood flow, but I do have a few tips on how to at least camouflage that excess baggage.

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Rule number one?

Wear black. Lots and lots of black. There's no color that's more slimming.

You could opt for the Lanvin ensemble to your left from Neiman Marcus, which will run you about $4,150. (It's on sale. Quit whining) ... or you could go with something a little cheaper. It's totally up to you.

Black is your friend right now and don't you forget it.

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Rule number two? Stick with heels. Putting on a pair of high heeled shoes or boots, like these hawt riding boots (Alexander McQueen, $2,095), will immediately elongate your legs, improve your posture, and make you look trimmer.

SpanxSpanxRule number three? Spanx. It really is a girl's best friend. Spanx will instantly take off five pounds, no questions asked. I'm particularly fond of the Hide and Sleek Hi-Rise Panty (eBay, $36). And while it's more expensive than Assets, it's totally worth the money. I've tried both and Spanx shapewear is infinitely more comfortable.

Couture CandyCouture CandyWant to know why this woman's smiling? Because her v-neck sweater (Couture Candy, $297) makes her look slimmer! It's true, ladies, and it's also rule number four. Wear v-necks -- they elongate and narrow your frame. Just like that!

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UltaUltaRule number five? Learn to use contouring makeup. A kit like this Smashbox Contour Palette (Smashbox, $45) will help you shade and highlight your way to an angular face and hollow cheekbones. SCORE.

VersaSpaVersaSpaRule number six? Get yourself a fake bake. Whether you rub a little self-tanner on your legs or opt for a full-body spray mist tan (I like VersaSpa, personally), a golden glow will instantly make you look slimmer. Just don't overdo it!

What do you do to look thinner?

Images (top to bottom): Neiman Marcus, Alexander McQueen, eBay, Couture Candy, Smashbox, VersaSpa

Written by Lindsay Ferrier for CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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