Even if you haven't reached your fat loss goals yet, the key to looking your best can be right under your nose. You can look 10 - 20 lbs lighter without actually getting there. That doesn't mean you should stop reaching for them, but these tips on how to look thinner will help tide you over on your journey.

You don’t have to join a gym and hire a trainer to look your best, although the value of exercise can’t be overlooked. Of course a good trainer or some gym time also you to feel great, but even if you’re using their services you may still be interested in the following tips to look thinner. These are universal suggestions that are easy to implement in any lifestyle.

Wear the correct size
It’s amazing to witness people wearing pieces that are either way too big or way too small. Know your size and wear it with pride. If you’re self-conscience about your weight and are trying to hide behind a large t-shirt, you are not doing yourself any favors. The same goes for smaller pieces. If you have gained some weight, do not continue to try and fit into something that no longer fits. Wear your proper size and you will not only look more polished but also thinner.

Accent the right places
Pay attention to the focal point of the items in your wardrobe. If you are wearing a wide belt over a tunic with a short skirt, the eye will fall on the belt. Place it on the skinniest part of your body. This is generally several inches below your breast bone. Color also carries visual weight, so you can wear a bright pair of pumps and it will draw the eye down making your body appear longer and leaner.

Make stripes work for you not against you
Hopefully this is one you learned in elementary school and have never forgotten. When wearing horizontal stripes your eyes widen the space. The opposite is true of vertical stripes, they help to create a long and lean look. Be careful where you place strips in your wardrobe.

A little heel goes a long way
Pairing a long and skinny jean, skirt or slack with a pump or heel will visually extend your legs. Stand a little taller with a few inches that provides a sleeker, thinner look.

Never underestimate a smile
As the characters in Annie taught us, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” When you are truly happy and smile with confidence people will take note. Shed your insecurities about your size and smile because you are amazing. When your face is glowing with happiness others will focus their attention there and not at your waist or hips. Of course, for the men, using the right shaving products to create smooth and appealing skin will also keep the attention where you want it.