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Flatter Your Figure

Let's face it, ladies. Most of us have a few areas on our body we wish we could change. But while few of us were fortunate to be born with supermodel genes, the good news is that the right pair of jeans (or shirt or jacket) can work small miracles. Whether you want a flatter tummy, slimmer thighs, or a shapelier bottom, read on for a few tricks of the trade.

Flatter Your Figure
  • Disguise your hips and tummy with a well-tailored blazer. Not only is this look on trend for fall, it goes with just about everything in your wardrobe. Dress it up with pants or a skirt for work, or throw it on over jeans and white t-shirt for the weekend. The key is to buy a blazer that fits your widest part, and get it tailored to cinch in all the right places. The structure of the blazer will give you an enviable hour glass figure.
  • Downplay a curvy backside with a long, slim top. Select a top that grazes (not hugs) your body, and ends just below your hip bone. This will make your backside appear smaller without totally hiding your curves. We like blousy materials such as silk for an ultra-feminine look.
  • Amp up the volume on a flatter chest by choosing a shirt with some detail in the chest area. Try something with ruffles or a bow detail to create an illusion of a fuller cup size. Just make sure you don't go too wild, which could overwhelm a smaller frame. Bonus? This trendy look will go right from the office to an evening out.
  • Take inches off your thighs with a pair of trouser jeans. These wide leg jeans work by skimming the thighs and staying full as they go down, creating a long and lean silhouette. Getting the length spot on is a must, so invest in getting them hemmed by a professional tailor to fit with your favorite pair of heels.
  • Shorten a long torso with a high-waisted skirt or pants. This look will help balance out the proportion of your body, by shortening the torso and adding inches to your legs. You can get a twofold benefit by choosing a flouncy shirt, which will also make wide hips appear narrower.
  • Make your waist look tiny by pairing a belt at the narrowest part of your body. You can use this trick with just about any outfit, from a dress or blouse to even a fitted sweater or jacket. Just make sure the belt doesn't fit too tightly, or it can create an unwelcome bulge just under and above where the belt sits.
  • Flatter any figure with a maxi dress or wrap dress. The beauty of both these styles is that they mask just about every problem area, and play up the good parts. Don't like your arms? Then throw a wrap or cardigan over your outfit for a look that is stylish and comfortable.