Stop hiding your waist under big and baggy. A prettier solution: layers of varying lengths
1. The jacket is made with a touch of Lycra for stretch, so while it’s tailored, it doesn’t constrict. The brilliance is in the design: Interior panels of fabric (stitched into the jacket) get tied at the belly button, allowing soft tails to provide strategic coverage. Attention, shoppers: This topper is made by Eloquii, the new plus-size line for the Limited.
2. To get the jacket size right (i.e., big enough in the bust), we had to go up a size. We then slenderized Barthole’s silhouette by taking in the blazer’s arms at the inside seams.
3. The longer, slightly A-line underlayer (a cream shell) provides just enough room through the midsection and hangs below the jacket’s hem. Short over longer—in this case, jacket over shell—creates a waistline.
4. What you don’t see in these pants is what’s inside: panels of reinforced Lycra that compress the belly and offer a slight lift. The modern, skinny ankle crop gives legs a slimmer appearance and looks best with bare legs. Heels or flats, your choice.
Eloquii by The Limited polyester jacket, $149; eloquii.com. Sizes up to 24W. Nic + Zoe polyester top, $88, sizes up to XL, and cotton blend pants, $128, sizes up to 16; nordstrom.com. Banana Republic leather pumps, $128; bananarepublic.com. Sequin enamel and cabochon bangle, $58; sequin-nyc.com. Margaret Elizabeth drusy earrings, $143; margaretelizabeth.com.
What to wear under cream and white? It should be all nude (bras) all the time.