While one-third of the American population fights obesity and being overweight, a much smaller, less talked-about number is quietly fighting the opposite problem. If you struggle to gain weight and would love to pack on a few pounds, you might think that no one understands you. Being too skinny can lead to not being taken seriously, being treated like a child and a laundry list of health problems and conditions. The good news is that while you down avocados, peanuts and olive oil in an attempt to tip the scales, your clothing can make you appear larger than you actually are.

For Women

Find skirts that flare around the hips and thighs. Straight skirts paired with a fitted shirt will only highlight your thinness, but an A-line or flowy skirt will create the illusion of hips and draw the eyes wider than you actually are.

Wear shirts with a little bit of room. While very baggy shirts can look messy or not put-together, a shirt with some give will fill out your top a little bit more than a tight or fitted shirt.

Layer on the shirts. When the weather is cool or cold, wear chunky sweaters over a T-shirt or two to add some thickness to your frame. In hotter weather, pair a V-neck T-shirt with a tank top underneath for some added circumference.

For Men

Choose clothing that fits nicely, but is not too tight or too loose. Tight clothing will accentuate your skinny body, while loose clothing will hang off of you unattractively and make you seem even thinner than you are.

Pile on the layers. Wear a sweater over a button-down shirt for some extra thickness or an undershirt even under a T-shirt.

Walk with confidence and stick out your chest. A self-confident gaunt can give off an illusion of a fuller frame because people will notice your attitude as opposed to your shirt size.

About the Author

Brittney Horwitz

Brittney Horwitz started writing professionally in 2009 when she became the editor of "Mother's Helper," a bimonthly magazine geared toward busy mothers in the New York metro area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and Judaic studies from Stern College.