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How to Look Thinner: A Critique of 12 Tips Article

maxi skirts are good for fat curvy women

5. Maxi Skirts Are Fab for Fat Chicks:

Yes, yes, yes. I can’t understand this. Why can’t heavy women picture a curvy gypsy queen in a long, floaty skirt dancing around a campfire while playing her green tambourine? Do you think she would look right in a miniskirt or some kind of short A-line dress?

6. Wear Black to Look Thinner:

Perrie, I can’t believe you said that. First of all, we’ve heard it 5,000 times before. Secondly, heavy women are sick and tired of wearing black… unless they are in Paris… where black is the mandatory uniform.

7. Wear High-Rise Pants:

I’m sure you’re right, Ms Samotin, but I haven’t seen my waist in 20 years, so I’ll have to take your word on this one.

how to look skinny8. Wear Vertical Stripes:

I’m fine with vertical stripes as long as your outfit doesn’t make you look like a referee. And, any woman who has read my articles already knows that Breton stripes are great for making women look thinner. (Actually, any outfit worn by Parisiennes probably makes women look skinny.)

9. Cinch Clothing With Skinny Belts:

Nope, I have to disagree with this one. I find obi belts to be more flattering than any other belts when cinching in a dress or tunic. And, I’m happiest when I have the option of wearing my “obi” a little higher or lower than my natural waistline, depending on the cut of the tunic.

how to look thinner10. Use Black as Camouflage – Color Blocking:

Yes, you can use black to mask problem areas and then draw people’s attention to good areas by wearing bright color(s) in your good areas. I just want to add that you have to be careful with this form of color blocking. People’s eyes will be drawn to any spot with high contrast… like the spot where black meets white or hot pink. So, make sure you take this into consideration when using color blocking.

11. Buy a New Bra:

Oh, God. I think we had the right idea when we burned our bras. (Bra shopping is right up there with being stuck in traffic for 8 hours.)

12. Get a Fake Tan:

Perrie, even though you are probably 10 pounds underweight, you’ve got this one right. Tanned fat looks better than pale fat.

Ms Samotin, I don’t know anything about you, but you sound rather young, so I want to help you with a little advice for when you get older and, possibly, curvier: Many women believe that it is, sometimes, more important to look sexy and to look good than to look skinny. I’m sure your fashion rules work for you and for other women, but we all need to experiment to see what works for our own bodies and our own psyches. If I wore some of the things you recommended, small children would run screaming in terror.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Karen

    I think your last statement pretty much nails it.

    I know sometimes the loose fitting clothing I wear makes me look bigger than I am but if I love the garment and I feel comfortable in it then that is good enough for me. My mother used to get on me about it to which I would reply:

    "I'd rather people think I am fat than wear more form fitting clothing and confirm the fact that I am."

  2. kay kerns

    Laughed and laughed that was great. My advice to everyone is try it on, look in the mirror --- do you feel pretty and are you comfortable? Then just go for it! Great article Tina!

  3. Syrie Marcum

    Hi Tina! I've been looking at dresses for myself on line for my daughter's wedding & came across this article. Love your funny, spot-on comments (couldn't agree more!) but have a question: The long black dress with the gold-trimmed sleeves, WHERE do I find this???? Thank you!

    • Tina-Boomerina

      I hope I can help you, but I don't see a long black dress with gold trimmed sleeves. Am I losing it or is it on a different article? I'll email you.


  4. Cathy

    I loved this article, and love the navy lace dress. Where can I find it? Thank you!!

  5. Cathy

    Loved this article. Can you help me to find the lovely navy lace dress ? Thank you so much!

  6. Brittany

    what is the brand if the green jacket on the first page for things to bring to alaska????

    • Tina-Boomerina


      I love your name (I have a daughter named Brittany). It's such an underrated, overlooked name. And, Britney Spears didn't help. It's a beautiful, poetic name.

      As for the jacket, do you mean the green vest? I don't know if I'm looking at the right photo. Well, anyway, the article is from a year ago and it would probably not be available. Let me know if you're talking about a different jacket... I may be on the wrong article.

      I have photos of several green jackets, so I might be able to help you if it's not the vest. I'm trying to remember where the vest is from, but I somehow lost the caption/credits on that. It should pop up with a mouseover. So many tech problems with site update... and that's why it took so long to approve this comment... sorry 'bout that.

      Anyway, Brittany, let me know if it's a different jacket. All Brittanys ROCK!