No matter what size, shape, or age–we all want to look good and feel good in our clothes. It can be difficult finding the colors that look flattering and feeling confident all at the same time. Luckily there are a few simple tricks that can work for anyone and everyone!

Coloring is Key

The most important thing: color! One way to give us all a sense of a “dress for success” look is certain colors that make our figure look slimmer. Darker colors such as gray, purple, brown, and navy give off a clean waist and trimming effect. If you want your legs and hips to appear thinner, opt for dark jeans or pants as opposed to khakis or light denim.

On Wednesdays We Wear Black 

The inevitable is true; black is the most slimming color. Embrace the color and the way it flatters your body. Luckily, black pretty much goes with everything. If you want to dress the color up for a fancy date night or special event, try a cute black dress or dark pants with a night fitted black blouse. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color if you want! Adding colored pumps or jewelry gives off a sleek look. If you are looking for a more casual look, a basic black v neck t-shirt can do wonders for curves! A great place to find an all-together look is with Kohl’s promo codes.

A new fad with the color black or gray is known as monochromatic dressing, or dressing head to toe in one color. This look creates a vertical and robust sense that creates a powerful slimming tool. This also plays into mixing different shades of the same color base in one look. Colors in the same family create a solid slimming unity that is elegant and extremely easy to perfect!

Powerful Patterns

Another great tip is using patterns to our advantage. Used properly, they can create an illusion and boost anyone’s confidence with a sense of fun and creativity. Try giving diagonal stripes a try; they can guide the eye in a very appealing way. The wrap-around effect can make your midsection look thinner with either thick or thin stripes. It is different for everyone, so explore and see what the best fit for you is. Large patterns can oftentimes be overwhelming, so try and stick with smaller patterns. It gives a soft and smoothness to your body.

If you are trying to look taller and want to hide some figure flaws, vertical stripes are the way to be. Whereas horizontal lines can draw the eye across, making some look wider, vertical stripes do the exact opposite. They pull the eye up and down and emphasize your height, not your weight. For work, wear pinstripe pants in black, navy blue or dark brown. If you have one piece of clothing with vertical stripes, make sure the other is plain.

Looking Chic! 

The most important thing is to be confident in your look. If you absolutely ROCK a yellow and pink dress–wear it! However, if you are looking for a general way to make your clothes complement your body, try out these color and pattern tips.