Dressing For Curves

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If You’re Hourglass…

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. Control volume 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. Provide balance 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. Marina Rinaldi velvet dress with sequin belt, $1,100; MaxMara, 212-879-6100. Badgley Mischka silk crepe peep toes, $185; Nordstrom, 888-282-6060. Falke 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. Badgley Mischka crystal and brass ring, $95; Henri Bendel, 212-247-1100. Ann Taylor Swarovski and glass stone metal ring, $58; anntaylor.com.
Photo: Micaela Rossato

Belt Band

LOFT jeweled stretch belt, $40; anntaylorloft.com
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Dapper Dimensions

J.Crew sequin étoilé dress, $525; jcrew.com
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A-List A-Line

Talbots winter lace skirt, $159; talbots.com
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If You’re Bottom Heavy

Embrace an a-line The slight flare of the silhouette is flattering over hips but still sleek. Pleats and ruffles? Just say no. Make a statement up top Go for a short, interesting jacket (like this one), a plunging neckline or a mega-necklace. The payoff: You balance the bottom and draw the eye up. Lay off flimsy layers Overlapping chiffons, for example, are doing you no favors-they’re too clingy, and they add volume in all the wrong places. Try a cropped top The visual weight will minimize your larger bottom half-plus, toppers are a modern, playful way to cover arms. (Pashmina? Pshaw.) Bet on a bold fabric Dressy prints are evening appropriate, but consider this alternative: something sexy in a luxe but light-weight fabric. Avoid opaque Solid hose may seem more slimming, but resist: Slightly sheer hose let some skin show through for a lighter look. Talbots cotton blend strapless dress, $199; talbots.com. Echo faux-fur shortie, $78; echodesign.com. Jimmy Choo black glitter heels, $665; jimmychoo.com. Simply Vera Vera Wang metal and glass earrings, $48; kohls.com. Falke sheertights, $24; herroom.com.
Photo: Micaela Rossato

Cropped Coat

Marc Jacobs scalloped tweed jacket, $1,400; neimanmarcus.com
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Fabulous Fabric

3.1 Phillip Lim embellished lace-overlay dress, $525; netaporter.com
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Legwork

Figleaves Italian hosiery, $20 for 2; figleaves.com
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If You’re Top Heavy

Think monochromatic Creating a continuous line with color softens the look of a big bosom, so it blends into your overall look. Embrace empire It will accentuate a slim spot (the rib cage) while also providing a bit of extra chest support. Go bra shopping If your assets are ample, give them the undercover help they need. Nothing buries a waistline faster than sagging breasts. Try frankly feminine fabrics For a look that’s sultry, not slutty, consider satin, silk and chiffon. Their liquid lines both soften and flatter. Use a pop of color Create another focal point with a shoe in a strong, bright hue. Got great legs and ankles? Straps will show them off. Frame your face If you eschew necklaces for fear of emphasizing your chest, you’re missing a bet: The right piece will keep the focus on your face, not below it. Try something chunky and layered that lies flat and hits above the breasts. Talbots satin dress, $169; talbots.com. Christian Louboutin satin and Swarovski crystal detail sandals, $995; 214-780-0833. Kate Spade New York feather handbag, $425; 800-519-3778. White House Black Market glass crystal and metal necklace, $118; whbm.com. Badgley Mischka glass pearl and Swarovski crystal necklace, $398; Sequin, 212-398-7363. Talbots glass stone bracelet, $39; talbots.com. Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel glass crystal bracelet, $445; Brownstein Smith, 731-664-1842. House of Lavande crystal stone and metal bracelet, $648; 561-802-3737.
Photo: Micaela Rossato

Building an Empire

Banana Republic crinkled dress, $150; bananarepublic.com
Photo courtesy of Banana Republic

The Right Bra

Soma Intimates demi Desiree bra, $42; soma.com
Photo courtesy of Soma

Notice-Me Necklace

Assad Mounser necklace, $495; charmandchain.com "Find more fashion specifically picked for women with curves with MORE’s top plus-size picks.":http://www.more.com/25586/25445-plus-size-clothing#1
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Susan Baldridge02.04.2011

It's Feb, 2011.. I would like to buy this dress! A little late I realize.. Talbots does not have it online or at their Outlet online. Any suggestions as to how I could find it?
Thank you, Susan

Susan Baldridge02.04.2011

It's Feb, 2011.. I would like to buy this dress! A little late I realize.. Talbots does not have it online or at their Outlet online. Any suggestions as to how I could find it?
Thank you, Susan

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