How to beat your body fears
We all have a body part that we hate; no matter how many times our friends and partners tell us it looks fine. And as much as we try, this body part can have a serious effect on our self-esteem.
But instead of standing in front of the mirror and feeling down about it, try out these tricks to conquer your most-feared body part and don’t avoid trips to the beach or that skimpy dress anymore.
Photos: stand with your hand on your hip and flex. This position makes your arm look as slim as possible, as opposed to when it’s pushed against your side.
Wear: a fitted black blazer: it will go with everything you want to wear (dress, jeans, skirt and top) and will keep all the attention on the rest of your outfit, while creating a slimmer visual. Long and flowing kimonos are also a very flattering to wear over your bathers in summer.
Top tip: Tan strategically. Hold your arm out straight and flex so you can see your muscles. Apply an extra layer of tan where the contours are for extra definition.
Photos: sit with your ankles interlocked and you knees resting to one side. Kind of like the Queen. This will hide your thighs completely from view.
Wear: skirts that fall from the waist and flow outwards. Tight skirts will only emphasise the size of your thighs. If you have thin calves, favour midi skirts over a maxi to show them off.
Top tip: start incorporating plie squats into your exercise routine. They’re similar to regular squats, but your knees are facing outwards, targeting your inner thighs.
Photos: always stand up straight. Bending your knees, crouching or arching your back can make your bum stick out further.
Wear: invest in a good pair of slimming underwear, and for trips to the beach stick to high-cut briefs. Don’t try to cover your bum with high waisted or boy legs bottoms as this will only make it look bigger. In this case less is more.
Top tip: start dry brushing before your shower. It will help to prevent and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Photos: pull you shoulders back and suck your stomach in slightly. Turn partially sideways to the camera, placing one foot in front of the other.
Wear: tops and dresses that are tight around the bust and then flow outwards are excellent for hiding a round stomach. Partner with a pair of skinny jeans or a tight skirt to draw attention to your more favoured body parts.
Top tip: add chilli to meals where possible. It helps to boost the metabolism for a flatter stomach.
What is your best body confidence tip? Do you strategically choose clothes based on your body shape?
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