How to Look 5 Pounds Thinner

If a heavy rotation of holiday parties, which tend to include too much eating and drinking, has left you a few pounds heavier (as it did for us), there’s a quick trick to follow that will leave you looking lighter in next to no time. And, the best part is that you probably already have this secret weapon buried somewhere in your closet (and if not, it’s an easy and affordable purchase to make). Enter: shapewear.

The premise behind how shapewear works is simple. Worn underneath your clothes, these pieces, which come in a variety of different silhouettes depending on what you want to target (tummy, thighs, butt or all of the above), use special fabrics that hold your body in. While shapewear doesn’t physically take the weight off, it can magically make you look thinner—at least for as long as you’re wearing the garment—and smooth out any lumps and bumps. Celebrities are no strangers to the power of shaping garments. If it makes them look slimmer and trimmer in all the right places, it’s definitely an investment worth making in our book—plus, no one will know you’ve got it on except you.