Wearing Layers, But Looking Slim

Wearing Layers, But Looking Slim

I’m not going to lie, it’s really annoying in the winter when you have to look like a frumpy mess just to avoid freezing to death. Being cold is uncomfortable enough, why do you have to feel 20 pounds heavier, too? Ugh.


We all know the situation is not ideal. No one wants to have to wear 4 layers of clothing to go outside. It is what it is, though, and we have to deal with it. So, from one woman to another I’d like to help you with this problem by sharing some tips on how to wear layers while still looking slim!


Photo Credit: Mica Mackenzie


Look Slim With A Fitted Coat  

Yes, fitted coats are a thing (cue heart-eyes emoji)! While warmer fitted coats are harder to find and more expensive, they do flatter your figure much more than the dreaded ‘marshmallow’ coat. You know the one I’m talking about! Yuck!


I want to clarify that you won’t usually find these listed on a website as ‘fitted coat’. The more proper terminology for them is ‘pea coat’.


If you’re not familiar with them, pea coats are similar to trench coats. They tend to be longer, have buttons, and tie in the middle. They also tend to be made from thinner fabrics than regular coats.


When I was in Europe this is what virtually everyone wore. It gets really cold in the Netherlands so I was shocked to see people wearing coats that looked so thin, but apparently they’re really warm!


Wear High-Waisted Pants

Wearing high-waisted pants are a great way to establish your actual body size so it doesn’t get lost in all the sweaters, coats, and scarves you have to wear on top!


This trick works so well because the jeans are meant to hug your hips and define your waistline- both very good things.


If you want to do your self confidence an even bigger favor, try tucking your looser shirts into the high-waisted pants! This further establishes your waistline.


The only downside to this option is that high-waisted pants can tend to be pretty uncomfortable.


After all, they do go all the way up to your belly button and can push into your stomach, making you feel nauseous. I don’t know if anyone else can relate to this problem, but this happens to me all the time and that’s why I quit wearing them.


Choose Tight Shirts for Underneath Layers

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love baggy tees and I’ll never stop wearing them, but if you’re struggling with body image, it may be best to stick to tighter shirts so you’re not getting any false ideas that you need all that room in order to fit into it.


I’ve noticed the more baggy clothing I wear, the worse I feel about myself. The fact of the matter is simply that they make you look bigger than you really are, which sucks and can do quite the number on your self confidence.


Something that I’ve been doing a lot lately to solve the comfort and self confidence issue is wearing tight shirts (long sleeve, short sleeve, and tanks) with cardigans over them for added warmth. This gives me the opportunity to preserve my body shape with the tight tees, while still having something soft and loose and flowy over the top!


To highlight your figure even more you could wear high-waisted pants or a pair of leggings with your t-shirt/cardigan duo! Both of these options will help you keep from getting lost in all your layers.


Do you have any other tips for looking slim in all your winter layers???

I’d love to read them in the comments!!! (:


Speak soon!





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