Slimming Tricks for Your Body Type

Easy tricks & tips

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Jennifer Lopez: A Pear

J. Lo’s hips and famously round derriere plant her firmly in the pear-shaped category (her taut tummy only serves to accentuate both.) If a sparkly body suit, like Ms. Lopez’s New Year’s Eve outfit, isn’t quite for you, scroll on for wearable tips. Hint: It’s all about showing off your waistline.
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All Ruffled Up

Pear alert: Ruffles on-top work to balance out a larger bottom half. Lauren Ralph Lauren Stella Ruffle Top, $79.50;
photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren

Streamlined Slacks

Pear alert: Faux pockets and zip avoid adding excess to the thigh and hip area. White House|Black Market Slim Ponte pant, $78.00;
photo courtesy of White House Black Market

Waist Focused

Pear alert: Highlight the waist with well-cut pants you can tuck a blouse into. Nine West Polished Pant, $84;
photo courtesy of Nine West

The Long Route

Pear alert: Knee-length is key: Shorter styles can highlight a troublesome thigh area. Tory Burch Anya Dress, $395;
photo courtesy of Tory Burch

Chic and Cozy

Pear alert: The comfort of a baggy sweater without the camouflage factor, Donna Karan’s signature cozy can be twisted and tied to your waist’s advantage. DKNY cashmere silk cozy, $195;
photo courtesy of DKNY

All the Right Stuff

Pear alert: An empire waist will show off your skinniest section and make fabric fall in soft pleats (another pear shaped "do".) BCBG Printed V-neck dress, $158;
photo courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA

Open-Faced Front

Pear alert: Don’t let a blazer add bulk! A gentle, open front will still showcase a fitted top underneath. Theory Robena Leather Jacket, $595;
photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Shaken and Shirred

Pear alert: Slight shirring ensures a snug fit at the waist. Michael Michael Kors Leopard Print Jersey Dress, $159.50;
photo courtesy of Bloomingdale’s

Roseanne Barr: An Apple

A larger than life personality matches Barr’s traditional apple shape. A full bust and waist characterize this body type, often hearing the moniker "top heavy." Avoid frumpy pitfalls with a few fashion tricks (avoid detailed tailoring and try playing with proportion.)
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A+ for A-line

Pear alert: A classic A-line fit slims the hips and accentuates the waist. Make it a staple in your wardrobe. Coldwater Creek-Two-button Jacquard skirt, $79.95;
photo courtesy of Coldwater Creek

The Right Combination

Pear alert: Steer clear of baggy blouses that will obscure your waistline. Tuck a form-fitting top into this forgiving skirt. Jones New York Donegal Mulit Skirt, $86.99;
photo courtesy of Jones New York

The Right Cut

Apple alert: A wider opening at the leg of these jeans balances out curves up top. J Brand, 805 Mid-Rise Straight Leg in Tyro, $189;
photo courtesy of JBrand

Surprise Sparkle

Apple alert: Camouflaged beading adds a hint of sparkle without drawing unnecessary attention to the bust. Talbots Beaded Silk Shell, $99;
photo courtesy of Talbots

The Sure Thing

Apple alert: Simple lines and a forgiving fit is always a good choice. The Limited Clean Panel Pencil Skirt, $59.50;
photo courtesy of The Limited

Separates Done Right

Apple alert: Apple shaped women should avoid fitted separates. The more forgiving cut of this skirt avoids unwanted attention to the mid-section. Gap Shirred Khaki Skirt, $54.50;
photo courtesy of Gap

Go With the Flow

Apple alert: The simple shape of this jacket works with the shape of the body, rather than awkwardly fighting curves. Eileen Fisher Stand Collar Jacket in Plaited Plush Mélange, $318;
photo courtesy of Eileen Fisher

Blazer Musts

Apple alert: Pick a blazer without too severe of a cut. A little extra room means a good look and a comfy fit. Esprit Classic Blazer in Wool, $149;
photo courtesy of Espirit

The Best Basic

Apple alert: When in doubt, pick a universally flattering boot-cut style. Loft Corduroy Modern Boot Leg Pants, $59.50;
photo courtesy of Loft

The Finishing Coat

Apple alert: A smart coat covers, but doesn’t announce, curves. The shorter cut will also show off shapely legs. Elie Tahari Portofina Coat, $348;
photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Classic Camo

Apple alert: There’s a reason DVF’s genius wrap-dress is still popular: The draping works on any shape without clinging. Diane Von Furstenberg Justin Dress, $325;
photo courtesy of Bloomingdales

The Long Story

Apple alert: Long blouses and tunics are a chic way to cover the midsection. Look for tops that hit below the hips. Kenneth Cole New York Roll Tab Bib Tunic, $89.00;
photo courtesy of Kenneth Cole

First Published Tue, 2009-12-15 15:17

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