How to Dress your Butt 10 Pounds Thinner

Instead of wishing those extra pounds away, why not dress them away? Thanks to the clever use of draping, color blocking and styling details, the clothes here will shrink the body part you care for least—an appealing idea as we head into the holidays. Note: You can buy most of these looks through

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Swap out your sheath

The skirt is deceptively roomy, and the supersoft fabric moves well. Nadia Tarr dress, $304; nadia​

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Accent with color

Cobalt blue is hot this season, and we likey: It’s livelier than black and just as slimming. This top is dressy enough for evening and provides coverage, thanks to a longer back. ​Maga-​Schoni silk georgette tunic, $368; magaschoni​.com.

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Accent with color

The Empire style of this dress hugs at your smallest point (ribs) while delicate layers float over your bottom. Diane Von Furstenberg silk and elastane dress, $375; 646-486-4800. 

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Trick the eye

The perfect pencil: Below-the-knee hem lengthens; white side panels create the appearance of a slimmer shape. Calvin Klein stretch skirt, $69; Macy’s.

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Rethink your blouse

Designed with tucks and gathers, this top is more shapely than sack-like and also provides rear coverage (it hits midthigh). A perfect jeans topper. Asos Curve polyester top, $55; Kara Ross resin and gold-plated brass necklace, $195;

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Best in shoe . . .

Elongate legs (longer looks leaner) with a nude shoe. These come in a slew of shades. Chromatic Gallerie leather pumps ($88;

Build a bust

Feeling bottom heavy? You’ll create a more balanced silhouette by building a bigger bust with this cup-boosting lace stunner. Consider it the yin to your other half’s yang. Panache T-shirt bra, $62;

Patron Saint Sophia Loren

Other Stars have boasted breathtaking booties (J.Lo, the clan Kardashian), but Loren led the way. Her famous explanation: “Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.”

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The workout way

Trainer Russo says pelvic thrusts (aka butt busters) target the caboose.


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First published in the October 2013 issue

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