Brilliant way to shed pounds and not have to diet

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My great three-point plan will have you looking and feeling good with a bit of Wardrobe Angel magic

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Did you manage to lose that stone yet? Just got half to go? I have the answer to your prayers. Whichever weight and measuring system you use, shift that last bit with a little help from some wardrobe magic. It really is as easy as 1, 2, 3 …

1. Correctly fitting clothes.

Extra material adds extra weight. Simples. There is a real temptation to go up a size in clothing because it is more comfortable but you must resist the temptation! Resist! Clothing has a built in stretch factor of up to 30 per cent to compensate for your skin stretching when you move so clothes will naturally ‘give’ anyway. Sizing also differs wildly between retailers so if you have the time (and the patience) it really is worth getting a size down from your ‘normal’ size when you visit the fitting room. You may be surprised at what size you really are.

2.Correctly fitting bra.

Get your girls in the right place and watch your waist line magically appear with a nice cleavage to boot! Bravissimo launched their Boob School initiative in London last month and I was lucky enough to attend. In the most recent study of 1,000 women Bravissimo found that 24 per cent of women admitted to never having had a bra fitting and 21 per cent hadn’t been for a fitting for at least four years. Only one in five women were extremely confident they were wearing the correct bra size. Proper fit means: no wires or straps digging in, no ridges or bulges over the top or sides of your cups and the bra sitting flat against your ribcage. If you want to look and feel as good as you deserve to, you should look at your bras regularly to make sure they fit.

3. Good posture.

After your girls are in the right place you should notice a change in your posture. Rachel Withers from the Halifax company BalletBeFit points out that posture doesn’t simply mean having a straight spine, good posture means the spine feels lengthened and supported. And the benefits of good posture are many including the psychological returns such as confidence and an increased pride in appearance. Conversely, bad posture promotes ailments such as back pain, pressure in the chest, poor blood circulation and slipped discs.

So, shoulders back ladies! Think tall! I can see that last half a stone melting away as we speak!

PICTURES: This month Halifax fashionistas are rocking the Go Bold trend this SS13 with bold colours, clashing texturised prints and accessories which pack a punch. Pictured are Georgia (16), and Shannon (16), wearing a khaki jacket with black scarf. The boots and necklace belong to 18-year-old Jess

Stephanie Roper, pictured, a tea drinking Yorkshire lass is the Wardrobe Angel. She opens up a whole new world of fashion using clients’ existing clothes.

To find out more about her business go to www.wardrobeangel.co.uk.

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Style columnist Stephanie Roper.

Style columnist Stephanie Roper.

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