Dress to flatter your figure

10 easy style tips to put your best body forward this spring
Dress to flatter your figure

Alvaro Goveia

For a sleeker silhouette

Body-skimming jersey in a slimming chevron pattern is both smart and comfortable. If you're under five-foot-five, a heel is a must with this maxi dress. For everyone else, anything goes.

Get the look:  Dress, $178, Bracelet, $169,

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Get longer, leaner legs

Wide-leg, floor-skimming pants in any dark hue lengthen and slim your bottom half. 

Get the look: Shirt, $185, Pants, $158, Bangle, $210, Bensimon shoes, $65, 1-800-335-7268.

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Hide your hips

Tops featuring feminine ruffles, tiers and voluminous fabrics take the focus off your hips. 

Get the look: Dress, $275, Hat, $42,

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Sexy swimwear

A halter top, whether in a one-piece or a bikini, is the best bet for most bodies: The figure-flattering neckline can provide serious support or amp up a smaller bustline. 

Get the look: Swimsuit, $18,

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Fake an hourglass shape

Our trick? An A-line dress that cinches at the waist and floats softly over the hips.

Get the look: Dress, $225, Mykita sunglasses, $510, Sandals, $150,

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Disguise your booty

This fit-and-flare skirt is thigh-slimming and wasit-defining — and great for all figures.

Get this look: Tank, $128, Skirt, $120, Bag, $18, Watch, $75, Sandals, $15,

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Bare your best assets

<p>Show a little skin up top. It's comfortable and highlights an oft-forgotten area that's super-sexy on almost every woman.

Get the look: Dress, $70,

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Love your curves

<p>Look shapely and smart in a fitted dress. A bustier-style top offers lots of support. 

Get the look: Dress, $118, Hat, $30, Maison scotch ring, $45, 1-866-240-2808.

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Reconsider shoulder pads

Don't be scared of these '80s throwbacks. Subtle shoulder pads, balanced with tailored shorts and a tucked-in shirt, make for a thoroughly modern update. And you won't believe how long and lean you'll look.

Get the look: Blazer, $178, Shorts, $118, Sandals, $280, Shirt, $24,

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Try flattering prints

An all-over pattern and soft pleats create an optical illusion that obscures bulges and wobbly bits. 

Get the look: Dress, $148,

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