Look slimmer in a T-shirt? These are the style tips Korean women arm themselves with

Been skipping workouts lately? Don’t worry, you can now easily fake a slimmer appearance with just a T-shirt!

If you’ve ever wondered how Korean girls always look like they’re on top of their exercise routine, the answer lies in the choice of their T-shirts. Versatile, stylish, and suitable for most occasions, we show you how to select one the next time you head out on your shopping spree.

1. Choose a lightweight, flowy material

While the boxy silhouette is stylish and a staple in our closets, try a lighter, flowy style for a slimmer look. Opt for stretchier fabrics like nylon, lycra, cotton blends, or soft cotton shirts that drape over your body rather than hold a rigid shape while wearing it, as it can add bulk to your look, especially when tucking into your bottoms.

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The Air Scoop-Neck Tee

Although this shirt is made from cotton, its loose, relaxed fit conceals any parts you don’t want to show for both comfort and style. Plus, Everlane is known to be transparent and ethical with its production processes so you can consume their clothes guilt-free.

Retails for S$40 on Everlane.

AllSaints emelyn tonic t-shirt

A cool new update to everyone’s favourite white T-shirt, this AllSaints one has a distressed collar for an effortlessly cool look, and is made of a lightweight material that will tuck into a beloved pair of jeans without bunching above it.

Retails for S$46.99 on ASOS.

2. Refrain from turtlenecks

High necked tops can give you an elegant look, but it often shortens your neck, and its tighter style makes you look larger or wider as a result. Choose a loose shirt with a wider scoop, square, or V-neck collar to elongate the neck and give the illusion of an elongated silhouette.

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Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

Available in basic colours like white and black, as well as more eye-catching colours like muted orange, this Madewell shirt is made from soft cotton for comfort, and a flattering deep V-neck.

Retails for S$19.50 on Nordstrom.

Mango V-Neckline Knit T-shirt

Who says T-shirts have to be boring? The crochet detail along the neckline gives this casual piece a little more flair, making it more office-friendly. Pair with a maxi skirt and heels for a more formal look, or dress down this versatile one with denim.

Available for S$39.90 on Zalora.

3. Ditch the oversized t-shirts

A common misconception is that oversized t-shirts hide bulk and slim, when it in fact makes you look bigger than you actually are due to all the extra fabric! Instead, choose a shirt that suits your body- shirt and sleeve length-wise, while keeping in mind the material used, for best results.

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ASOS DESIGN boxy crop t-shirt

If you still love the baggy fit and ease of movement oversized shirts provide, sport a looser crop top instead!

Available on ASOS for SGD22.99.

Treasure & Bond Mineral Wash V-Neck T-Shirt

Made with 94% rayon, a super light, soft, and breathable material with faded colouring around the neckline for a distressed look, pair this slouchy shirt with your favourite pair of denim shorts for a casual, slimming look.

Retails for S$45 on Nordstrom. Also available in black.

4. Accessorise

The easiest way to jazz up a plain shirt is jewellery, but did you know your favourite necklace could make you look slimmer, too? Opt for dainty clavicle necklaces that fall between your collarbones to draw attention to that area, or long, layered ones to further lengthen your neck and upper body.

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Swarovski Attract Round Necklace

Making a perfect gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself, this simple yet chic necklace has a sparkly Swarovski crystal that rests between your collarbones, and matches all your outfits for a timeless, elegant look.

Get yours  at Swarovski for S$119.

Pieces multi chain necklace in gold

If you have a flair for the dramatic, add a little bling into your simple T-shirt-and-jeans combo with a layered necklace like this one to instantly slim.

Retails for S$25.99 on ASOS.

Crash Landing on You inspired necklace

Inspired by Se Ri’s (Son Ye Jin) dainty feather necklace in the hit Kdrama series, this replica version is super affordable so anyone can attain the look for less.

Retails for S$2 on Shopee (select #4).