Dress Yourself Slimmer - 8 tricks to dress 7lb slimmer this summer

Figure fixers

Our fashion experts show you the styles to flatter your shape

Whether your body shape is a classic hourglass, a pear, or a tricky-to-dress apple, we can show you how to flatter your figure and still rock this season's hottest trends. Figure fixers for your shape are the answer. They can flatten that troublesome tummy, elongate a short body, give you longer legs or create curves to soften a boyish physique.

Looking great with what you've got is as simple as adding the right figure fixer for your shape. While there is an entire market of underwear garments aimed at pulling and pushing your body into a smoother, curvier shape which work amazingly well for evening affairs and big occasions, everyday wear needs to be comfortable and lightweight, especially in the warmer seasons and on holiday.

There are a wide range of flattering and cleverly tailored accessories such as cropped jackets or dresses with flattering detail and shape that give the illusion of a flat tummy, elongate your legs and body or hide those pesky bingo wings. These savvy shaped garments are the answer to everyday day outfit dilemmas. Find the right shapes and cuts to suit your body shape and bad outfit days will be a thing of the past! Find versatile figure fixers for your shape and you can wear it with anything and everything in your wardrobe. Dressing your body shape well is as simple as adding these cleverly cut accessories. With the right item, like a well cut jacket or large clutch bag accessory, you'll feel just gorgeous.

We've put together a round up of the best figure fixers that could make you look 7lb slimmer. Read on to discover which fashion buys you should be picking up that will flatter your body shape and make you look, and feel, fabulous!

Let it go to waist

Let it go to waist

Any style of shirt or dress with a cinched-in waist will effortless highlight an hourglass figure and emphasises the smallest part of your frame - your waist! This season, midi length is the must have hemline, so embrace the trend that allows you to flash just enough flesh to leave you feeling confident and spring-ready like this striped midi dress from Marks & Spencer (£49.50) (opens in new tab)

Walking tall

Walking tall

Nude heels are easily the best way to elongate those pins, and this pair by L.K.Bennet (opens in new tab)will see you through the next few seasons. Pair with everything from occasion dresses to wide-leg trousers for extra length. They are a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge for a reason!

Show your stripes

Show your stripes

The style savvy know that vertical lines can create the illusion of a slimmer body and stripes can streamline your shape in a second. Try this figure flattering halter-neck vest, £89 by Whistles (opens in new tab).

Eye-catching accessories

Eye-catching accessories

Statement jewellery isn't done causing a stir in the style stakes just yet. This season, big, bold necklaces have been replaced with eye-catching earring in bright colours with playful pom poms or fun, care-free tassels. Use a pair of statement earrings to draw attention upwards to a slender neck or dainty collarbone, and away from any problem areas you're not so confident about. These party earring with tassels from Zara (opens in new tab) capture this summer's style and are a steal at just £12.99.

Under control

Under control

With supportive side and tummy panels, this M&S Firm Control Slip (opens in new tab) will create a smooth silhouette underneath all your favourite dresses. There's even an integral bra for added comfort.

Game, set, MATCH

Game, set, MATCH

Look taller and slimmer by taking a leaf out of Victoria Beckham’s book. The former Queen of catwalk high heels has substituted her stilettos for practical flats and comfy trainers these days, and as a result the fashionista has changed up her style to look taller and slimmer without the help of heels. Victoria’s latest trend trick is to wear separates (usually a skirt and a top or a shirt a wide leg trousers) but choose them in the same colour and fabric. This might scream matchy-matchy’, but the look is currently in Vogue – plus, you’ll instantly look taller – and slimmer!

Lighten-up

Lighten-up

Ditch heavy outerwear that piles on the pounds and opt for a lightweight trench that will ease over your shape. This French Connection Canyon Twill Trench Coat (opens in new tab) is comfortable and flattering.

Crafty accessories

Crafty accessories

A cross-body bag with a thick strap is going to cut across your body in the most unflattering of ways! Instead, be bold and carry a structured, oversized tote that is large enough to carry all your daily necessities without swamping you. Try this super chic Jet Set Travel Saffiano Leather Top-Zip Tote by Michael Kors (opens in new tab).