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Video : How to Dress to look slimmer over 50.

what to wear to look slimmer videoVideo interview with Judith Brady

Questions about dressing to look slimmer and disguising fat around the middle gained by many during menopause are amongst the most frequently received in my inbox!

Often when we think we are dressing to look slimmer – we are having the opposite effect, just by wearing our cloths in the wrong way.

In this video, Judith Brady shows us how we can look slimmer and fabulous over 50 just by changing the way we put our outfits together.

Do you wear black to look slimmer – most of us do- but we might be wearing black in the wrong way – Judith shows us her simple tricks to wear black and REALLY look slimmer.

Do you know the best way to wear colour to look slimmer? Again Judith shows us the right way to wear colour and look as though we have lost pounds (or kilos!)

So do watch the video for Judith’s fab tips on how to dress to look slimmer – and as always if you have any questions, tips of your own or topics you would like to see covered in future videos do let us know by posting in the comments box below!

How to Dress to Look Slimmer video transcript

Ceri: Hello and welcome to Fab after 50, and today I have with me Judith Brady. Hi Judith!

Judith : Hello Ceri, how are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine, thank you. But I know you’ve here to answer one of the questions that we get asked so much on Fab after 50 today aren’t you?

Judith : Yes, and guess what that is; it’s how to make your waist look slimmer. I get asked this all the time, especially, I think, we all have—let’s face it we have bits of us we’re not quite happy with that we wish were maybe a bit smaller or a bit of a different shape. But I think for less fabulous ladies over 50; I know for me what happens with I hit menopause, I started to jiggle up a bit around the middle. And this sort of “where did, this come from”? What I am going to have a look at today, show you today is way that makes you look slimmer overall, and it’s also really brilliant for hiding a tummy.

Ceri: Right. One thing, in fact I mentioned there, I also did an interview with Dr. Marilyn Glenville that it keeps, I haven’t seen that one yet, but why we attract that fat around our middle, in fact there’s some good reasons for it too. So it’s not all bad. We might not like it, but there’s reasons why we’ve got it. So I put a link to that video as well, with the blog so people can see a little more and how they can minimize it.

Judith : Yep. I mean that would be great. I mean obviously the health issues are hugely important, but when it’s all said and done, ok, I’d be very pleased to find out that it’s actually healthier to have, a bit of a tummy there. I’d still like to disguise it a little.

Ceri: Absolutely. Right so we can be healthy and look slimmer. Let’s go.

Judith: I think what I wanted to show you first is the way most people think you have to dress to look slimmer. And whenever you ask people how you look slimmer, the resounding response, is you wear black. That’s true up to a point. Black is the darkest densest colour. And it doesn’t reflect light unless it’s shiny material. But it isn’t that much more slimming than any other dark colour, to be honest? I mean it is-it can be especially again once you’re over 50 for a lot of us it can be quite draining. You will find you’ll have to wear maybe a bit more makeup and try and lighten things up with accessories around your face.

The other thing is, that people who are feeling a bit I don’t know, bloated or a bit unhappy with their body, start wearing baggier an baggier clothes, because they think, and quite naturally, perhaps they are disguising it. But an actual fact, that it does tend to make you look a big bigger. Because if you wear clothes that are really shapeless and then it does tend to make you look shapeless too. So an actual fact if you are above your ideal weight or how you want to be, then it’s even more important to get clothes that fit you really well. What I’m going to show you though, is a way that anybody can use, which is using—rather than just wearing all black, is using colour strategically to make yourself look slimmer as well.

I just want to show you this. I don’t think I can call them Naomi and Kate today.

Ceri: [LAUGHING] I love that you have names for your mannequins’.

Judith : Yeah. Well. Ok. So most people when their trying to look slimmer, would wear black or some sort of dark trousers. Like these ones, and then they would probably wear a dark colour jacket as well. And then they think “Oh I need a bit of colour as well” so they’ll put a colour top on underneath the blouse or T-shirt or whatever. Now, the problem with that, from a slimming part of view, is what you need to be doing, is cutting your body is half. Ok, there’s a contrast between the bright colour and the dark colour. So what that’s doing, is it’s making you look shorter. And if you look shorter you look wider. Ok? So what I’m going to show you is just the contrast between that and the other way around. Which is wear a dark colour trouser, and a dark colour top, and it doesn’t have to be black. I always wear a scoop neck so that I’ve got room for jewellery and something to bring some colour in my face. And then if you actually bring a brighter colour for the top. Now this can be a coat, cardigan, jacket, anything like that. What’s that’s doing, is it’s dividing your body up vertically. Ok and um, making our clothes look taller in effect, because the eyes’ draw up and down your body, and that’s how you look taller, and it’s also diving your body up into three columns. Ok? And as soon as you do that, it makes you look narrower as well.

Ceri: So why aren’t the eyes drawn towards the middle?

Judith: Well, the other thing I often say is; when you do it like this, the reason it works so well, to hide the tummy, is because this becomes a bit of black hole. Do you see what I mean? Anything could be happening here. Because the eyes—it’s a trick of the eyes, it’s all an illusion. They eyes are drawn to this brighter colour. So it seems–So I’ve actually got a similar outfit on here as well. So because I have this brighter colour on this is adding more vertical lines, I’ve got black all through here. I could have some spare tires behind here, and you wouldn’t know about it, because it just sort of recedes.

So when I would do this, I would tend to, because that’s just my style; I would tend to brighten up as well. Which is raising the eye upwards. Like I say it’s just something very easy. It would be great if people would have a try themselves, and have them play around, but it really works. It really makes you look taller.

Ceri: Now if you happen to be very petite would it still work?

Judith : yes it does. Because it actually makes you look taller. Those who are round and would like to look taller, and whatever weight you are, this actually works. As I say, the principle is all the vertical lines up and down your body. What I would say is we’ll be going into this in more detail in the next video. Is the length of the top is actually going to depend on your scale. I just wanted to share the basic principle and it really works.

Ceri: Lovely. Well thank you for sharing that with us today. And I should say—if people have any questions we want them don’t we?

Judith: OH absolutely. I mean I know I get asked questions all the time and I would love to hear from anybody who’s got any particular style, or dilemma’s or wants some help with something in particular. Or it’s a bout resizing that body shape, I think that’s a big issue. Yeah. I’d love to help.

Ceri: So you can find the questions on the video on the website, on our Facebook page twitter, google plus, anywhere. You’ll find us. Thank you so much for sharing those really good tips with us today. So Thanks Judith.

Judith : Thanks pleasure.


Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. facebook_DianeJPriestley

    January 31, 2014

    Excellent tips, love the idea of going for vertical use of colour rather than shortened the body with a bright top and dark pants, Well done, thanks for this! I’ve got loads of bright cardi’s and jackets so this is the way to go!

    • Judith Brady

      February 8, 2014

      Wonderful Diane, you’re all set to try out vertical dressing – would love to see some photos!

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