Stretch your shape
Create the illusion that you’re taller with tone-on-tone color or longer (knee or below) skirts.
Avoid allover prints
Too much design can obscure your figure, so turn to prints when you want to camouflage, not accentuate. Fabrics that sparkle and shine add interest.
The hourglass is a lovely silhouette, but only if you have the courage of your curves. Clothes need to fit-no gapping, no bagging, no hiding in a tent.
Define your middle
It’s the daintiest part of your torso, so play it up. Look for a belt (wide, please), a banded waist, color blocking-anything that will turn
your audience into waist watchers.
This dress looks good because the bulkier fabric on top (velvet, which adds oomph but still drapes nicely) balances out the hips. Silk slacks and a top in a velvety fabric would also work.
Drop the hemline
Skip miniskirts: Apencil silhouette that hits just above or just below the knee willlengthen your lower half.
velvet dress with sequin belt, $1,100; MaxMara, 212-879-6100.
silk crepe peep toes, $185; Nordstrom, 888-282-6060.
semiopaque tights, $32; Lingerie on Lex, 212-755-3312.
White House Black Market
glass-bead necklace (worn as bracelet), $48; whbm.com
Fantasy Jewelry Box
metal and crystal stone earrings, $30; fantasyjewelrybox.com
crystal and brass ring, $95; Henri Bendel, 212-247-1100.
Swarovski and glass stone metal ring, $58; anntaylor.com