Secrets to dressing skinny. Photo courtesy of Springboard Press
Wouldn't it be nice to always step out of the house looking your sveltest? Well, thanks to a new book by fashion and beauty expert Charla Krupp
, you can do just that.
"How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner -- Without Dieting
!" is a no-holds-barred guide on camouflaging Buddha bellies, muffin tops, bat wings, cankles, big butts and thunder thighs.
Krupp, whose first book, "How Not to Look Old
," remained on the New York Times best seller list for weeks, doesn't mince words when it comes to dishing out advice.
Her straightforward, honest approach combined with stellar tips makes her book a must-read for women of all shapes and sizes
got a chance to talk to the author on the eve of her book launch.
What are the most fattening clothes a woman can wear?
Oversized T-shirts, drawstring pants, capri pants
if you have cankles, sneakers with pants, sleeveless shirts for people who have arm flab, bright white gym shoes with tube socks, low-riding jeans for people with muffin top, wrap dresses
if you have too much cleavage.
Has the way you dress changed since writing the book?
Yes, I realized I have so many clothes I need to get rid of. I put them on, and they don't make me feel good anymore. They're either too old or too baggy
. I've made a lot of mistakes in my lifetime.
I love hot pink
, but I shouldn't be wearing it in skirts. I have this Dolce & Gabbana
python beaded-and-sequined skirt -- it's ridiculous! I can't wear all that embellishment
on the lower half of my body.
I want less. I want fewer things; I want space in my closet!
What are some ways that women can make their wardrobes less fattening on the cheap?
has great things that are very of the moment. But even if you buy something trendy, you still have to be sure it makes you look good. I think the temptation for so many women is that they want to wear the trends, but the trends are not your friend. You really have to evaluate: Is it worth it to wear the trend? You have to rethink it.
If spice colors
are in, then maybe an orange skirt isn't the answer for you. But an orange bag? Sure, why not. Or an orange cardigan sweater
. You have to make sure you're not wearing a bright color on a place on your body that's going to make you look fat.
What nonfattening pieces should everyone have in her closet?
Everyone should have an amazing pair of jeans
that makes your butt look good, a great black pencil skirt that really shows off your shape and the best pair of nude heels
you can afford.
What spring trends
are the most and least fattening?
Graphic-print dresses can be a little tricky. If you have a big butt, a Buddha belly or muffin top
, pick a print that's not so busy. If the print has a black background, that's better. The cage shoe
is tricky to wear if you're not crazy about your calves or your cankles
. They really draw attention to your feet.
A solid A-line dress that really fits you well will look great. The pouf skirt
, on the other hand, is a disaster on anybody who has fat thighs. The transparent trend
is also a disaster -- who wants everyone to see what they're trying to hide?
Which celebrities do the no-fat look well?
I think Sandra Bullock
looks good. She wears a lot of belts around her waist
. Demi Moore
, she often wears knee-length dresses, which is very age appropriate. You have to dress for your age. Michelle Pfeiffer
always looks good. Julia Roberts
What are your secret weapons in the fight against fat?
is key. I love the new line from Spanx
called Skinny Britches
. The pieces are very feminine and pretty, so if you happen to flash a little shapewear
when you're getting out of a cab, you won't be embarrassed. Sometimes I wear shapewear
all the way up to the bra band. I never wear flimsy underwear.
I wear nude heels
that blend into my skin tone and lengthen my legs. I use Revolotion
on my legs after I shave them -- I never wax, only shave! You want to look like you're wearing nylons
, without actually wearing nylons.
"How to Never Look Fat Again" is now in stores and Charla Krupp
will be making personal appearances
across the country starting this Saturday, March 13, from 1-3 pm at Bloomingdale's
59th Street flagship store in New York City.