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It's Not You, It's Your Clothes

Author and image expert Sarah Shah explains how to dress yourself skinny.

By Shy Hardiman August 14, 2014

Unflattering clothing can add anywhere between 10 and 30 pounds to your frame. Think about it: that's the additional weight of an entire toddler, but less giggly and more jiggly. Just so we're clear, that's not a good look.

Image and TV expert Sarah Shah, who recently put on the Smashin' Fashion event featuring "real women" as models, is here to help with her book Dress Yourself Skinny: Dressing the Body You Have to Look Like the Body You Want. When you feel yourself reaching for a baggy top or too-tight pants (both of which can make your frame balloon), reach instead for Shah's book, which is filled with slimming tips and tricks, not to mention helpful illustrations that really spell out figure-flattering dos and don'ts.

“I’ve been working with individual clients since 2006," says Shah, and "I saw them getting stuck at the same point." Each woman needed help discerning what worked best for her figure, so Shah made Dress Yourself Skinny first as a manual for her clients. What she hopes all her readers take away is that it's not them, it's their clothes. 

If you are a visual learner, the illustrations should be really useful as they depict everything from the ideal Hollywood body size to real-world-size bodies and pictures of clothing. When you’re out shopping, you'll know precisely the shape and design you’re looking for.

One spoiler alert: Shah advises clients to always ignore the size on the tag. Women tend to fixate on the number, but Shah insists it’s not about the size, it’s about what you look good in.

"The theme of showing women how beautiful they really are is true of most of my work," said Shah, who is full of ideas to help folks navigate the world of fashion. Check out her book here, and see pics from the Smashin' Fashion show here

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