We’ve all heard the expression that the camera adds ten pounds. It’s a phenomenon that has to do with the focal length of the camera being used. But what if being in a photograph doesn’t have to actually make us look thicker?
Here are a few Hollywood tips for ensuring that you look as slim in your pictures as you feel, without crash diets or Photoshop.
Optical illusion outfits
One looks at Hollywood starlets and you’ll know what I’m talking about. These women and their stylists have mastered the art of clothing camouflage. They know exactly which styles and cuts work to flatter their bodies and slim their frames.
While we don’t all have the luxury of a personal stylist to help us choose our daily outfits, we can apply some of these tips to look slim and trim in any upcoming photos.
Slimming color-block-style Stella McCartney dresses and waist-slimming Chanel skirt suits can give the effect of a slimmer silhouette. If you can’t find or afford, couture, then opt to wear darker solids for an all-over slimming effect.
Show the right moves
To lose inches and appear slimmer it’s all in how you handle yourself in front of the camera.
Knowing your best angle, and the best position to hold your body in when posing for pictures can help you instantly shave off at least 10 pounds, if not more.
- Avoid holding your arms tightly pressed to your body. Instead, put your hand on your hip to slenderize your arm.
- Slightly twist your body to the side and stand at an angle to appear slimmer.
- Sit or stand up straight to elongate your figure.
- Pull your shoulders back to accentuate your collarbone and slim your arms.
- Avoid bulky clothing: it can make you appear heavier than you are. Instead, aim to wear thin and lightweight fabrics like silk whenever possible.
- Keep your chin up and out to avoid the dreaded double chin and elongate the neck.
- Cross legs at the ankles instead of the knee to appear leaner and avoid exposing too much thigh.
- In a group shot, always aim to get somewhere in the middle. Slightly turn your body to the next person for the slimmest angle – avoid the end position at all costs!
It’s all about the angle
Good photographers know that to capture a great picture they have to accentuate their subject’s best features. They often work all the angles to find the best side of their subjects.
While you don’t have to get as active as this guy, you may want to suggest that the photographer takes a few shots from above and avoids low angles to ensure that they’ve captured your very best side.
Is your contouring on fleet from the bust up? Opt for a well-lit angled close-up that shows off your stunning makeup, features, and other visual assets. Ensure the rest of your body is lost out of focus.
Lighting is key
Unwelcome shadows can add extra visual weight and make us look heavier in pictures. If possible, try to opt out of dark and dreary club shots that only involve a single flash, or sometimes none at all. Suggest moving the shot to an area with more ambient light for a more flattering picture.
On the other side of the equation, well incorporated dramatic lighting can also help slim a subject and draw attention and focus to important assets.
Don’t underestimate the body shapers
Underneath most every celebrity’s slim fitted ball gown is an even slimmer body shape. For cinched waists, opt for corsets and waist trainers. For other trouble spots, body shaping garments can ensure the perfect fit and slimmest silhouette on arms or thighs.
Alongside the other tips above, bear in mind that leg shapers (designed to be worn the night before an important event), butt lifters, arm compressors, and other special shapewear items, can all help squeeze, lift, and tuck your body into your slimmest outfits. There’s no shame in needing a bit of extra support on special occasions. When worn discretely, no one will be the wiser!