How to Play Up Your Waist
What it does: Redirects focus from the bust to the waist.
An ample chest can often meld into the waist, creating the illusion of weight around the middle. But the diagonal lines of this neckline help minimize breasts while pointing to a nicely defined midriff.
To buy: Sophia Eugene silk dress, $306, 212-488-2124. Deanna Hamro earrings. Chamak at Supplements NY bracelet. Laura James ring.
What it does: Cinches in a full stomach.
Look for a top that nips in right under the bustline to highlight the narrowest part of the torso. An elastic or tie waist helps you customize the fit.
To buy: Robbi & Nikki silk top, $154, 213-629-2800 for stores. J Brand jeans, $198, Bloomingdale’s, 866- 593-2540 for stores. Alex and Ani bangles.
What it does: Downplays wide hips.
Show off a smaller top half with a tailored bodice. The full (not poufy) skirt hides the lower body without exaggerating the waist-to-hip ratio.
To buy: Maggie London cotton-blend dress, $138, Nordstrom, 888-282-6060 for stores. Julia Failey earrings. Accessories & Beyond cuff.
What it does: Adds curves to a straight body.
Go for a jacket, a blouse, or, in this case, a skirt with a strategically placed flare to create the appearance of shapely hips and a nipped-in waist.
To buy: Callula Lillibelle wool-blend skirt, $275, Gia Ventola, 978-538-0800. Ann Taylor silk blouse, $68, anntaylor.com. Jamie Kole necklace.
What it does: Accentuates an hourglass figure.
Here, the volume of the blouson top and the pleated trousers work together to create one focal point: the cinched waistline.
To buy: Brave Leather belt, $135, braveleather.com. Joie silk top, $118, Cusp, 310-552-0300. Boss Black cotton pants, $295, 212-965-1300. Vanessa Montiel earrings.