How To Fake A Smaller Waist

Let’s be real here: creating an illusion of a smaller waist could be more challenging in summer as there is no swimsuit that will hide what you want to hide without a strict workout regimen, but if we are not talking about swimsuits only, it’s actually possible. Yes, without exhausting workouts and weeks of eating tasteless foods. Because the trick with faking a smaller waist is all about dissecting the silhouette of your outfit and making tiny adjustments to how it wraps your body. Read up as I’ll be sharing my tips on how I make my waist visually appear smaller.

Tip #1: Ruffles

Not only ruffle clothes is one of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2017 season, but it’s also your best friend when trying to create an illusion of a smaller waist. Think about ruffles that way: if you wear a voluminous skirt or a top, these massive details create a contrast with your waistline and make it look tinier — in comparison with an otherwise voluminous look. The tricky thing with ruffles though is that your waistline could look bulkier if you pick the wrong ruffles placement. In my personal experience, skirts that feature ruffles on the trim and have a sleek design around waistline area are the most flattering for creating an illusion of Dita Von Teese waistline.

Tip #2: Belt It

When it comes to creating a tiny waist look, belts are your best friends as these accessories help to create a visual effect of a smaller waist. Especially if you put a belt on an oversized piece of clothes like a boyfriend-style shirt or a spacious dress. There is a whole controversy about what type of belts is better for waist-slimming purposes (some people say, slim belts while others believe that any belt will do), but if you ask me I would say it all depends on the specific outfit. A tiny belt is a great slimming tool if you wear it in combination with a mini ruffle dress (like the one I’m wearing in these photos), while a wide belt could be just as flattering if you combine it with a mini T-shirt dress (think Kylie Jenner style!).

Tip #3: Colorblock

I have a few dresses like that in my collection and these always do the trick of not only creating an illusion of a smaller waistline but also emphasizing the hourglass silhouette. The trick here is to look for a dress that features light shades of fabric in the middle and dark shades on the sides. Such color placement works like your highlighter and contouring powder: darker shades camouflage what you want to hide while lighter ones emphasize what you want to be seen. Last summer I featured a BooHoo dress that exactly reflects what I’m talking about: the dress features a white middle part and black details on the sides.

Tip #4: Shift The Focus

Whether you are picking a pencil skirt or high-waisted trousers, the idea here is to visually move your waistline up — so your legs look longer and your waist appears smaller. Another important moment is to always tuck your blouse or top in when you are wearing a high-waisted bottom. That way, this little bubble created with your top will contrast the slim-fitting skirt or pants and create an illusion that your waistline is much smaller than it actually is. Be careful with combining slim-fitting high-waisted bottoms with ruffle tops though as such combination could create an effect of bulky shoulders which is not what we are looking for.

Tip #5: It’s a Wrap

Ever since Diane von Furstenberg created her iconic wrap dress, women across the globe use this simple but effective design as universally flattering, always fashionable piece. I don’t know if you noticed, but wrap dresses never go out of style as they allow women of all sizes effortlessly emphasize the curves and look gorgeous for any occasion. Personally, I have a few wrap dresses in my collection (and, of course, I also one of the classic DVF wrap dresses) and these are my staple pieces not only for the days when I want to make my waistline look smaller but also for everyday wear.

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These were my tips on how to make your waistline visually appear smaller. I wonder if you already knew about any of these? Maybe you have any additional ideas on how to fake a smaller waistline? Please share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments area below!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Pour La Victoire Hazel Sandals // LoveShackFancy Noelle Dress
Bertha Watch // Pineapple Bag // Sarah Ho Bracelet


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  1. Nina Igwe wrote:

    this is so beautiful, plus you are so beautiful. please do cheeckout mine

    Posted 9.5.17 Reply
  2. Patricia @ Grab a Plate wrote:

    Love your tips & tricks, for sure! I love the dress you’re wearing, and your sandals as well. Great look!

    Posted 8.14.17 Reply
  3. VarunaJithesh wrote:
    Posted 8.11.17 Reply
  4. Jana Williams wrote:

    Wow, Thanks So Much for Sharing Katya! I Really Do Appreciate You Posting This Because I Used to Always Be
    Thin & Trim But Once I Got in That Bad Motorcycle Accident I Couldn’t Do a Lot of Stuff So I Wasn’t Getting as Much Exercise and Then I Developed Hypothyroidism and it Made Be Put On Some Weight! I Would Say That I Am About 30 Lbs Overweight But Over Time I Have Been Able to Move Around a Little Better So Hopefully I Can Get the Weight Off! I Really Didn’t Know Any Tips On How to Fake a Smaller Waist Except for Maybe the Old Rule of a Thumb That if You Want to Look Skinnier Then You Wear Black & Avoid Stripes But Things Have Certainly Changed Since Then! I Think Every Woman Really Wants to Look Her Best Because it Really Does Give You More Confidence and Who Doesn’t Want to Look Thinner? I Know I Do But You Don’t Even Need to Lose a Pound Because You Already Look Phenomenal! I Know So Many Women That Would Love to Look Like You But I Know it’s Also Important to Learn to Embrace Oneself, Flaws & All! Well Thanks Again for Sharing Katya, Have a Great Day My Friend! ?

    Posted 7.31.17 Reply
  5. Kimberly wrote:

    Great tips! I’ve always loved how ruffles have that effect. I’m not huge on belts, being a bigger girl, as I feel they sometimes have the opposite effect, but other than that, definitely agree.

    xo, Kimberly

    Posted 7.27.17 Reply
  6. Awesome tips! I think theShugrHed girls will love these :)
    The colourblock is a great idea – that boohoo dress is very flattering -you are really pretty too!
    Nice article :)

    Posted 7.26.17 Reply
  7. Yana Kasekamp wrote:

    Love these tips! I usually wear a belt if I want my waist to look smaller. I’m definitely trying other ways that are in your list. :)

    Posted 7.25.17 Reply
  8. Wildfire Charm wrote:

    You are so gorgeous and I love the dress. I always go for belts & dresses with a tie around the waist. My problem is hips though haha please do a post on that x


    Posted 7.25.17 Reply
  9. Taylor Mobley wrote:

    This is the cutest post! I love all of your tips and especially love this dress on you!

    Posted 7.25.17 Reply
  10. First of all, I love this look. It’s just so adorable. I agree with you about using a belt to make it look like you have a smaller waist. I use that tip all the time. Thank you for sharing!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  11. Sarah Howard wrote:

    I’m SO using these tips! Whenever I wear my wrap dress I instantly look tinier too!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
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  13. I love that big belts have come back in style because they’re the best for making a nice shape. Also your photos are so cute!!

    ? Pia

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  14. Megan wrote:

    Love these tips! That dress is beyond cute!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  15. Lotte Kerr wrote:

    These are some great tips, thanks for sharing!

    Lotte |

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  16. These dresses are so pretty and really comfortable!

    Beauty Candy Loves

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  17. Ray wrote:

    I love putting on loose fitting outfits. It’s just been a preference of mine but whenever I’m looking for a little ‘spruced-upper”, I just belt them up as you’ve suggested.

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  18. Dressed With Soul wrote:

    Thanks for the great tips! I think they work all and at the moment not only in this case a wrap dress is my favourite!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply