5 Easy Shortcuts To Fake Being Fit

It may sound counterintuitive, but the last thing you should do if you’re, uh, “husky” is drape yourself in oversized garments. Baggy clothing doesn’t hide fat; it hides your entire body, giving you a billowy, shapeless profile that makes it look as though you’re hiding a torso like Jabba the Hutt’s. Instead, buy tops and bottoms that fit — if you’re not sure what that means, ask a salesperson — and pick out dark, monochromatic colors that present a solid visual field instead of dividing your body into unflattering chunks. Avoid patterns, too; they draw attention to whatever they’re covering, like the doughy area where your abs used to be.

If you’re still self-conscious, wear a compression undergarment that holds in your flabbiest parts and gives your posture a boost. Ript Fusion’s $58 crewnecks, V-necks, and tanks feature spandex panels that wrap tightly around your core, giving it a firm, smooth appearance — just like it’d have if you’d actually go to the gym!