How To Look A Dress Size Smaller Without Losing Weight

How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Since starting my weight loss journey I’ve had more than a few comments and emails telling me that I don’t really need to lose any weight at all and, in fact, I look on the small side. I can’t say that I’m not thrilled to get such comments, but I do wonder whether some of you think I’m worrying about a couple of extra pounds.

I am incredibly keen to keep this space on the internet full of positivity, and I would be mortified if I thought any of my readers were to think that I am banging on about losing weight when I’m only a few pounds heavier that I should be, or concerned that I am going down the ‘stick thin’ road. I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.

When I started this latest journey back to a healthy weight (I have lost a lot of weight in the past, at one point I was actually obese) I weighed 10 stone and 3 pounds with a BMI of 27.9. My ideal weight for my height (5′) should be between 6 stone 10 pounds and 9 stone 1 pound. When I married 6 years ago (which is the last time I weighed myself before this weight loss journey) I was 8 stone and 2 pounds. That, to me, was too thin – I looked ‘delicate’.  So I’m aiming for about 8 stone and 7 pounds, which seems like a sensible amount to me.

The fact is I am overweight – I simply hide it well with the way I stand for photographs, the clothes I wear and the underwear I choose.

How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

How To Look A Dress Size Smaller Without Losing Weight

In order to show you what I see when I look in the mirror, I’ve decided to take a few pics (towards the end of this post) when I’m not taking note of my posture, and not wearing underwear that helps with shaping. I have also chosen a dress that is not particularly flattering. You also need to keep in mind that I have already lost half a stone (7lb); when I started back down the road to health I was bigger.

I have no illusions as to how overweight I actually am – in my mind it’s moderate. I’m not stressed about it, I’m not obsessing over it and my approach to weight loss is, if I say so myself, very measured and sensible. By showing you what I do to ensure I look a dress size smaller without losing weight and sharing with you what I actually look like bumps included, I am hoping that you won’t see a woman who is a couple of pounds overweight – what you will see is a woman who does need to lose a fair amount of weight in order to be a good height to weight ratio.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I would like to share with you my secret weapon when it comes to looking as if I’ve lost weight, or looking smaller than my actual size – shape wear. I have always been a keen advocate of shape wear so when I was sent the Shapeez Tankee Slip to try I was intrigued. Designed to be worn under dresses and skirts, the Tankee Slip claims to slim the waist, tummy and back – but did it work?

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How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic
How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight | Blue trench coat, unusual glass necklace, orange lace shoes, silver sling back mid height heels, wow bag | Fashion for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

I think the pictures of me not wearing the Shapeez Slip and not taking note of my posture below kind of speak for themselves. I found it to be comfortable and it certainly did what it claimed to do – and then some! I didn’t find it restrictive and the wide straps are a real plus point. I will definitely be ditching my usual shape wear in favour of Shapeez and ordering more.

I think the moral of this whole post is: don’t always believe everything you see. As bloggers we ALL chose the most flattering photographs to share, choose the best angles to shoot from and hide our ‘flaws’. Personally I don’t use Photoshop; in fact, although I own it, I have never, ever used it. I wanted Lightroom in order to manipulate some of my less than perfect images lighting-wise and Photoshop came as part of the bundle.

I have used Pic Monkey on occasion to get rid of spinach in my teeth (yes I’ve done that), or make a weird twig disappear in the background, but as far as manipulating the way I look, blurring my lines and wrinkles, making my skin look better – nope, it goes agains everything the Barefaced Chic stands for.

I have no issue with bloggers who choose to go down the Photoshop route, but I am comfortable enough in my own skin to share my flaws with you. You only have to take a look at some of my vlogs to see me makeup free and flaunting them! However, when it comes to my outfit shoots I will keep sharing me at my best because I believe that is what you want to see.

So that’s how I look a dress size smaller without losing weight. Do let me know in the comments what you think. Are you happy with bloggers sharing how they look at their best, or do you prefer the reality of vlogs?

Coat – Hobbs
Dress – Peacocks
Shoes – c/o Madeleine (now in the sale)
Bag – Accessorise (past season)
Bracelet – c/o Eternal Collection (past season)
Necklace – c/o Eternal Collection (past season)

How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight is sponsored by Shapeez. All opinions are, as usual, my own and 100% honest.

12 Comments

  1. June 26, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Gosh I adore this tangerine colour with grey Michelle. I also recognise those stunning silver shoes from MADELEINE, love them so much!
    I have to agree with you about Shapeez 100%. THE MOST comfortable bra/undergarment I’ve ever worn, no exaggeration. xxx

  2. June 30, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Thank you for posting your ‘relaxed’ photos 🙂
    It is so important for readers to understand your goals and what they are based on.

    • July 1, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      Exactly June! It wasn’t easy putting it out there, but I hope it will help people understand why I’m on my journey to better health.

  3. July 3, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    And I concur about Shapeez. It’s amazing. You look beautiful in tangerine darling, utterly gorgeous and may I say you are doing so well in your journey to feeling your best xxx

  4. Nicole K
    July 8, 2017 / 3:13 am

    I think there is an impulse, when you share you are trying to lose weight, for people to say “you don’t need to” or to take it as a comment on their weight or to have other concerns. I am moderately overweight, but due to genetics, have health problems associated with it. So, no, I don’t look very overweight, but the extra 10 lbs (sorry US person here), make a difference in my health. And my doc has recommended getting rid of it.

    So good luck on your journey. Which is YOUR journey. You look fabulous and I’m sure will continue to do so.

  5. July 10, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I think it happens a lot Nicole. In fact I’ve been tempted to say it to family and friends myself – you don’t need to lose weight, you look great. I think it comes from a good place, but the only person who knows how we really feel and what we really need to do in order to look and feel our best is us 🙂

  6. July 21, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Lovely post Michelle. You do look fab and I totally understand you wanting to look and feel the best shape for YOU. I am the same and a few pounds here and there isn’t a problem but when it comes to making you ‘feel’ a bit off, then it is time to do something about it…if you want to. Love that dress and I will be investing in a Shapeez! Lots of hugs, Lisa xx

    • August 1, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Absolutely Lisa! It’s how WE feel about the way we look and how WE feel about our health and fitness that counts xx

  7. September 4, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Well I’m getting myself a shapeez right now! You look super, that’s a pretty colour on you and the dress looks crazy super. x Thanks for sharing Michelle. x Jacqui http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • September 5, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Thanks Jacqui! They really are the best shaping underwear I’ve come across.

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