I Followed Body-Slimming Fashion Tips Throughout History


– I look like a marshmallow
that someone just threw the stick and the
marshmallow into the fire and was like fuck it, I don’t want to see that marshmallow ever again. This week I’m going to be
following fashion rules from women’s magazines form
the past several decades. I think for a lot of girls
growing up, women’s magazines are sort of your first venture
into the world of womanhood. Plus size fashion has come
so far in like the last five years alone, so I feel like
in the 70s and 80s it’s gonna be like if you’re a
little heavier, you should wear a circus tent. So for day one I had to
follow some rules from a 1981 Woman’s Day magazine. So one of the things they
suggested was a chemise style dress, that’s
supposed to skim the hips and hide your problem areas. I look like the woman at
an Italian funeral who gets mad at everybody for not eating. What do you think about this? – I just, you know it just ages you. – You look like you’re
about to play an organ. – At your own funeral. – Showing this outfit on
someone who’s a completely different body type to
you is like so useless. – It seemed like the idea
in the early 80s was that like if you have figure
problems you should just go into the witness protection program. For my next outfit I also
picked something from the later 80s. So the rules suggested
that I wear something that had like fitted trousers but
like a really loose tunic that would skim my hips. So it wasn’t like a total potato sack. This feels huge on me. I look like a goth pillow case. It was like a black M&M with legs. – This does not make your
figure look slimmer at all. – It’s very shall we say, tent-chic. – [Kristin] Yeah that’s one way to put it. – It’s flowy. – I mostly just kind of
look like parts of me are censored, like from here down. I’m too hot for TV. This was a thumbs sideways for me. I saw in a magazine there was
a spread where on one half it talked about how to
make a problem waist look better and then on the
other half it talked about how to make a problem tummy look better. And they were two different outfits. If you have a problem
waist or a problem tummy, you probably have both. So I decided to follow the
waist flattering tips on day three, I wore a brightly
colored blazer with a belt and slim trousers. Alright, it’s my 90s outfit,
I got this little belted jacket situation here, I kind
of feel like a newscaster or like, I dunno Effie from
The Hunger Games on like a casual Friday. This is definitely a distinct
improvement from all black every day, I look like if
a highlighting marker went to a business meeting. – I mean, it’s flattering, it’s
just not your personal style usually, it doesn’t look
like, you’re not usually in like color-blocked things. – I think the first 90s
outfit was pretty good. 90s rules were more about
drawing attention to certain parts of my body and less
about making sure that no one could see my body at all. These rules seemed focused
on being like well, at least you have boobs, so let’s play
up the consolation prize. The second 90s outfit kind
of made me feel like I was trying a little bit too
hard, sort of trying to draw attention to one area
when I clearly don’t want you to look at the other area. This is what the first
wife wears in court to make sure that her husband doesn’t
get any of the estate. – It’s just square, it’s
very box, it’s very boxy. – [Kristin] It’s like,
I’m not a textbook I don’t need to be skimmed over. – Yeah, exactly. – Yes to the coat, maybe not to the scarf. If you had the coat open
and you show a little cleave I think that’d be really sexy. – I look like a doctor at
like the fanciest OBGYN office ever. So this outfit was also
like a thumbs sideways. So day five was an outfit
from the mid-2000s. I wore an empire waisted top
with a pair of bootcut jeans because according to the
magazines I saw, bootcut jeans are supposed to balance out your hips. Finding a pair of like really
flared bootcut jeans was really hard, they’re really
not super cool right now so people aren’t wearing them. I think what we learned
here is that I don’t so much look smaller as I just of
look like Hillary Duff. I think this is a really
good way of making sure no one knows you have feet. – These feel sort of like when
I used to wear baggy jeans because I didn’t know how
to wear clothes that fit me back in high school, like
that’s what it reminds me of. – I spent all of college
thinking that I should be wearing these things. – You look like Reese Witherspoon
in Sweet Home Alabama. – Yeah, I look like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Pairs of Bellbottoms. Everyone just kind of
thought I looked dated. This outfit was a thumbs down for me. I read an article in Oprah
magazine that talks about how wrap dresses accentuate
your curves and cinch in your waist because cinching
in your waist is cool again. Got the v-neck, ’cause
you can’t forget about my two favorite backup dancers, my boobs. What do you think? – You look nice! – I like it, it’s giving me
like, Angelina Jolie like pop at the Oscars vibes right now. – This dress never fails. I don’t think I talked to anyone
who didn’t like this dress. I think right now we’re very
conditioned to feel that like showing yourself off is good
and so you know this is kind of how black looks like in 2017. It’s the intersection of
what’s cool and what I like about my body which is these
fun little curves here. If you don’t cinch in your
waist you can’t see ’em. Take that 80s. This outfit is a thumbs up. People always want to feel
like they’re wearing the thing that’s gonna make them look the best. Fashion has such a powerful
role to play in how people view themselves and
it seems so silly to like cut yourself off from
different outfits because some dork in a magazine said it was bad. Looking your best is
about feeling your best. And you can feel your best
in basically anything.

100 thoughts on “I Followed Body-Slimming Fashion Tips Throughout History

  1. Lmao! 56 sec, “you look like you’re about to play an organ.” Hey ladies, organs can be cool. I promise, check out lady Gaga medley at organ piper here on YouTube. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. I think an angled bob haircut would look so much better on you! It would be very flattering. Your current hairstyle does nothing for you.

  3. Why do I feel like they are talking about slightly overweight women and totally ignoring the existence of obese women?
    P.S.I am totally gonna try a few of them.

  4. A black wrap dress is pretty timeless. I’m glad they’re super trendy right now but you could probably wear one in basically any decade going forward and not stand out

  5. Pair those boot cut with high heeled boots. That's what I do. It actually gives illusion that I am slimmer…because I am "taller". But I wear them because I have wide shoulders and non existent hips plus skinny legs. It balances me out.

  6. It's important to remember that these tips (not rules) reflect the fashion of the era. Women of ALL sizes wore them. ~Sincerely, a woman who's lived through each of those decades and worn all those styles-even as a size 6.

  7. You're not a marshmallow. Thick is in. Seriously. American women are all thick. On the beach, I'm sometimes the only flat chested, small, athletically, built woman. The models in magazine are unrealistic and airbrushed. Don't worry about fashion. Wear what is YOU. How your body looks, don't worry about it. As long as you're not wearing anything too tight….you're good.

  8. What do you mean "looking your best is feeling your best"? It is not the same. I see so many "confident" ladies in super-mini shorts and messy hair. They feel their best for sure (cause they don't change anything) but it doesn't look good at all.

  9. Every time it cut to the commentary Kristin, I was like wow that top/dress is so flattering and then I saw it was the present day option from Oprah and it all made sense.

  10. I‘d love to have dresses as the black one, but here in spain is hard to find them, could anyone tell me about an online shop where I can find that style of dresses?

  11. Giiirrrllll that first 90's outfit looked damn good on you chick! No it's not your reg style, but it could be! The color was pretty with your hair color as well!

  12. That second 90's peachy toned jacket looked like something Meatloaf would have worn to hide his "problem area"! lol. Or maybe Ozzy if it were in black.

  13. I love her and the idea of the video, but I'm sorry this video was not "well made". The clothes did not fit her, they were either too big or too small, so of course it is unflatering. That dress fitted her like a glove so she looks like a goddess. It would have been nice to see the rules done properly, I think many of the outfits would have looked cute done properly. Next time maybe use a taylor, or at least better fitting clothes. You should redo this video! It would be awesome. Cheers!!

  14. You say "looking like a goth pillow case" like that's a bad thing. 😨 That's my uniform. Black tee and yoga pants in the warm months, long sleeve black tee and yoga pants in the cooler. Everything matches. You don't have to think about what you're going to wear. It's slimming. You can sit on the floor, do a high kick, climb a tree in comfort. Throw on a blazer and heels to adult it up.

  15. I feel like the black tunic outfit would have looked cute had the tunic been a size or two smaller and the same with the jeans which I think were wideleg not bootcut. Also, I'm not very big (American size 12), but wrap dresses don't look good on me. They show all my lumps and bumps 🙁

  16. I saw the white top and thought, oh my gosh! That dress looks so cute on her! Then I realized that it was a top. Meh okay. Not a huge fan of the style. If that was a dress she would look so amazing!

  17. In Italy we don't usually have post-funeral receptions. We go to the funeral, then we go to the cemetery, then we go home. We are not expected to be social right after a loss, we usually stay home and cry as much as we feel like.
    So, maybe an Italian grandma will get mad at you for not eating, but that's not going to happen at a funeral.

    The best look is the one with the red jacket. I think in general red is the colour that Kristin rocks best. The one with the white imperial top and the large jeans was nice, imperial tops and dresses are amazing at hiding the belly (personal experience).

  18. It would be nice if Kristin makes it as series, trying different styles or styles from different times but embracing your curves and styling it only for you!:)

  19. Some outfits look a little odd but you look good in all of them! You know why? Because you are naturally beautiful so it doesn't matter what you where you will ALWAYS look good!

  20. I think the belted ‘waist slimming’ outfit was intended for people who don’t have a waistline, this doesn’t necessarily mean they have a ‘problem tummy’ as not having a waist is more to do with body and bone structure than weight

  21. I thought you looked really good in the boot cut outfit! Showed off your hour glass figure. As a big girl I try to find boot cut jeans.. lol

  22. Her flared jeans weren't tight enough on top to achieve the effect. I wear flared leggings so they're tight until they flare

  23. Kristin I think a thinner more oval shaped pair of glasses would look better on you, The larger frames overwhelm your face and you have kind of deep set eyes like I do

  24. Most of these clothes don’t fit you so of course they’re aren’t going to look flattering. I’m a plus size girl and I feel best when my clothes fit me properly.

  25. My first fashion magazine was seventeen that I sneakily checked out in the fourth grade in my elementary library 😂

  26. the mid-2000s outfit's jeans sucked but i loved the shirt on her?? but i do prefer her usual attire, it's more… real? i dunno, just my opinion!! great vid, loved it!

  27. My tips for body-slimming fashion is getting slim by eat healthy food and exercise regularly. After you loose weight, you can rock any dresses/clothes that you want

  28. Thicker eyebrows it's life changing. Not to be rude just a tip.
    Fill👏in👏those👏eye👏brows👏

  29. The whole "problem waist vs problem tummy" thing is a real thing. I have a good hourglass figure, my waist is actually quite small, but all the chub is at the front in my tummy, so don't dismiss it

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