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How not to look fat

Posted March 4, 2010 8:22 p.m. EST

As women, we all have days when we wake up and feel like we’ve been overdoing it a little bit. But that’s no reason to get down on ourselves and our appearance. Just put your big girl panties on and get on with the business at hand – living life and looking fabulous! Here are a few tips to help you look your best, no matter what the number is on the scale:

Stick to muted, more monochromatic colors for tops and bottoms if you’re heavier all over. If you’re heavier on bottom, wear a darker bottom and choose a soft, pretty hue on top.

Get a great low-maintenance haircut that frames your face and makes you look gorgeous! Go for color or highlights, too, if you feel inspired. You’ll feel like a million bucks!

Bring the focus to your face by wearing earrings or a necklace in your eye color. It’ll make you sparkle!

Although you may be tempted, don’t wear big, baggy clothes. They’ll just make you look bigger. Opt for clothing that gently skims the body and accentuates your ever-changing shape. This may be difficult to completely avoid as the weight comes off, but just do the best you can.

Layers are a great way to camouflage a little extra weight. Layer a tank or tee under a longer top, vest or jacket. This can do double-duty as a discreet look for nursing. But beware the big, baggy jacket or you’ll risk look frumpy.

Wear a belt! This may seem counterintuitive, but a wide belt can act as a girdle to smooth over lumps and bumps. It also creates waistline definition which can be very slimming. Avoid belts in bright colors or attention getting designs.

No matter what you look like, the one thing that will stick in everyone’s minds is your level of confidence. Be proud of who you are and show off your assets. You only have one you so make the most of what you have – right now!

This is an excerpt from Mary Michele Little's book “Mama’s Little Helpers: bite sized beauty and style tips for busy moms." Little is an image consultant and owner of One Chic Mama. Find her here on Go Ask Mom every Friday.