What you wear plays a significant role in how your body shape is portrayed to others. Personal stylist Jo Blankfield says the key to looking leaner is to “elongate your shape using vertical lines in your dressing”. She has these practical fashion tips to give you a slimmer silhouette: Dress in light layering: For example, wear a shorter top under a light jacket or vest. Blankfield says denim vests are very “on trend” this summer and are great for making your torso look longer and leaner. Accessorise with longer necklaces: A pendant necklace that finishes at the bra line draws the eyes to the small part of the waist and away from any larger areas you’re trying to hide. Wear prints with vertical movement: While vertical stripes have long been a slimming fashion tip, Blankfield says that prints that move the eye up and down work even better. “They’re a great distraction,” she adds. Choose flattering fabrics: Steer clear of clingy jersey and Lycra and go for soft draping linen-cotton blends. Neoprene, the material used in wetsuits, is a big trend this year, Blankfield says, and it’s great in skirts and tops as it holds its shape. Dress to suit your body and enhance your assets: For example, if you’re a bit “hippy”, wear jackets that sit at the waist and balance out your lower torso. If you’re a classic “apple” then you want to draw attention to your legs and away from your top-heavy area by wearing mid-length skirts.