Dress Thinner—Without Dieting! Our Staff Makeover

March 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm , by


We were so inspired by the new book How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner—Without Dieting! by Charla Krupp that we decided to test it out on a couple of our LHJ staff members. Then we asked Krupp to comment on our efforts. You won’t want to miss our fabulous food editor Tara Bench’s before-and-after on page 16 in our April issue. And check out how our gorgeous associate editor Jennifer Castoro was transformed from schlumpy to va-va-voom with just a change of clothes, above. Want to get the full skinny on what Charla had to say about Jennifer’s makeover?


“Even a young woman as tall and statuesque as Jennifer can look bigger than she actually is in the wrong clothes. This beige shirtdress has all the sex appeal of a burlap bag.”

“This dress has several elements that make it a ‘high-fat’ choice: the patch pockets, buttons all the way up the dress, bulky roll-up cuffs and lack of shape all obliterate Jennifer’s curves. Plus, the color washes her out.”

“Gladiator flats, among the worst shoes ever invented, shorten Jen’s long legs and cut her off at the worst spot.”


“If you have upper arms as fit as Jennifer’s, show them off! The neckline reveals skin but not too much for the office.

“Jennifer has a hot bod, and she can flaunt it in this green shift, which really brings attention to her hourglass shape.”

“She has va-va-voom legs, shown off to the max in shoes so flattering, every woman should own a pair: nude high-heeled leather pumps. Perfection.”

Photographs: Peter Ardito. Stylist: Sue Erneta. Hair and makeup: Renee Majour for Becca Cosmetics. Still life: Paula Hible. Prop stylist: Jen Everett.

32 Responses to “Dress Thinner—Without Dieting! Our Staff Makeover”

  1. love it! Jen looks amazing and so does Tara!

  2. Congrats! What a difference! Jennifer, thanks for being such a good sport…showing your high fat look to the world. The no fat look is so hot!

  3. hey thats really good.i mean if i cut down on my high fat choices in what i wear can i change the way i look?

  4. What an amazing transformation with just a different choice for her shoes and dress! She looks fabulous in her new outfit, and so much thinner!!!

  5. Thanks, Charla! I definitely agree that the potato-sack dress added at least 10 pounds – I’m far too curvy for the button-down! (And those chest pockets . . . so sad.) And the nude pumps work great with so many outfits – they pick up the slack when classic black heels won’t work.

    And thanks for the compliments, Debbie! :)

  6. It’s like during the Olympic figure skating when the women who put their flesh-colored tights over their skates created a much more elongated line. But how do they get them on??? I’ve always wondered…

  7. Great! Where can I get that green dress??

  8. I liked the Tara Banks make over but how about some examples of make over for those of us who are 5′tall and weigh about 165lbs. big boobs which seem to stretch to my waist somehow which is short waisted to begin with, ugly short legs with alot of scarring, large calves. I just don’t know how to cope with this body. Dieting or watching what I eat,low fats, high fruits and veggies, walking and lap swimming, house related projects (stacking wood, raking, etc)just isn’t enough. I’m on alot of antidepressant/anxiety meds whose side effects seem to add issues that keep on the weight. Lower abdominal tummy fat. Oh, hair is flat with colicks and is stubborn so I keep it permed all the time. I’m not into primping and hair products. Round face. But nice smile and eyes. I’m so self conscious that I tend to wear those “burlap bags”.Can you HELP?

  9. What a difference!! I’d also like to see what I can do for a ‘less than fabulous’ body. I don’t have gorgeous long gams to show off. I have a waist but in order to emphasize it I seem to have to expose my ‘less than flattering belly pooch’. I’d like to work with what I have but I could use some lessons.

  10. Just put a belt, and cute dark necklace or scarf on with the first outfit and obviously do her hair (since it isn’t done like with the other outfit) and she’ll look super cute. I see the difference, but seriously…why worry about skinny when you can look cute and be who you are and wear what you want?

  11. I have a problem with this makeover, albeit the after looks infinitely better than the before. First, Jen is thin and shapely, so no big deal putting her into that green dress. Second, high heels versus flats as a way to look thin. Some of us can’t wear heels and none of us should. Recommending high heels for everyday wear is a way of drumming up business for podiatrists and gym memberships. Nobody can be active enough for good health in high heels.

  12. I love the after picture…but I was looking at the before picture and there were acouple things I think she could have just added to her original outfit to vamp it up and not make her look fat (which she dosent look fat in either picture if you ask me). She could have added a cute brown skinny belt to cinch her waste, add a white cami or tank under the dress so she can undo acouple more of those buttons, put on some sort of big bronze earings or just hoops to match her braclet, maybe a statement necklace and keep those Gladiator sandals on! I for 1 love gladiator sandals for a casual look when your dogs just aren’t up to running around in heels!

  13. What an amazing fashion makeover. It’s hard to believe what you can do with great wardrobe selection.

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