With little definition at the waist, this straight-up-and-down figure is often considered boyish. Opt for styles that fit snugly at your middle but flare out at the bottom (whether it’s a skirt or pants) to create curves.
Styles to avoid: Dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist, like Empire-waist tops.
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A slim fit at the hips that graduates to slightly wider hems gives the impression of all-around shapeliness.
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“A nipped-in blazer creates a waist and the appearance of fuller hips,” says Isaac Mizrahi, creative director of Liz Claiborne.
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Ruffles and wispy sleeves add volume to the bust and shoulders, making the waist look smaller in comparison.
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A flouncy hem contrasted with a tapered waist gives the illusion of an hourglass.