Great Read

9:30 AM


I just finished reading How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp. My mother passed the book on to me. Not because she thinks I look fat, but because it really is good information to have. I recommend all women read it!

[2010 HARDBACK] Charla Krupp (Author)How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner--Without Dieting! [2010 Hardcover] Charla Krupp (Author) How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner--Without Dieting!

The book is easy to read and has lots of pictures and examples. The author addresses areas such as muffin tops and flabby arms head on. She points out that we all have areas that we don't love on our body, no matter our weight, but you should never draw attention to those areas. And I know I see it happening every day. A plus-sized, adult woman wearing a baby tee or a tube top with her mid-section showing. Noooo! Charla doesn't skirt the issue by trying to be nice, she blatantly says DON'T DO IT. And I agree with her.


If you don't have time to read the book, I'll share some key points.

  • V-neck shirts are critical. They elongate your neck, making you look thinner.
  • Invest in shape wear, like Spanx. The author calls this "heavy artillery" and recommends having several different styles: high-waisted leggings, bike shorts and camisoles. They smooth, flatten and eliminate back fat and panty lines. 
  • Wear forgiving fabrics. Satin is not forgiving.
  • Buy tops and dresses in wrap styles or ruching. They hide what you don't like.
  • Invest in a pair of nude pumps to wear with dresses. They make your legs looks longer. 
  • No short shorts, no skin tight tops or dresses and no flat shoes. Wear heels or wedges as much as you can stand them.
At the end of the book the author compiles a list of the 100 Most Fattening Clothes. Some we all know to never wear:

A fanny pack
Crazy colored tights
Crocs
Floral pants
Cut offs or Daisy Dukes
Scrunchies and Banana clips
Mom jeans
Orthopedic looking shoes
Over sized T-shirts
Plaid anything

But did you know that these things are also considered "fattening clothes"?:

Ballet flats
Capri pants
Capped sleeves
Gladiator sandals
Uggs
Peasant skirts

I'll admit, I've broken a few of these rules. Not every item on the list is bad for every body type. But she has a point, Uggs are bulky and don't slim your legs. Capri pants cut you off at the shin. And capped sleeves, especially if they are tight, draw attention to the widest part of your arm. She also reminds the reader that you don't have to jump in on every trend that comes along. Some things, like super skinny jeans, just don't look good on most body types (mine included.) And just because a run way model or celebrity can pull it off doesn't mean the average person can do the same.

Go read this book! And good luck never looking fat again!

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  1. I don't know if you read Claire Turner's blog or not, but she posts awesome fashion tips there! My recent favorite was to show your ankles & wrists often! They're the thinnest parts of your body so showing them off makes you appear thinner all over! :)

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  2. I don't know if you read Claire Turner's blog or not, but she posts awesome fashion tips there! My recent favorite was to show your ankles & wrists often! They're the thinnest parts of your body so showing them off makes you appear thinner all over! :)

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