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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

FLATTER YOUR FIGURE 5 Ways to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner

You may be sabotaging your shape-up efforts by wearing clothes that visually add weight to your frame. Here, a lesson in how to use color, proportion, and a few genius styling tricks to look thinner

Kate Moodie
Photo: Tom Corbett
  • Boot Cut Jeans

"Jeans should hug you in all the right places," says Jill Martin, author of Fashion for Dummies and a Today contributor.

"Dark boot legs are the most flattering. The slight flare at the ankle will give a long, lean appearance."

Add a longish top for coverage and a cropped, fitted jacket to nip in your waist.

Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket, $258, for stores; Ann Taylor sweater, $95,; Citizens of Humanity jeans, $169, for stores; Guess by Marciano shoes, $198,; C'N'C Costume National bag, $695,

  • Body-Lengthening Clothes

"Everything should be body skimming," says celebrity stylist Robert Verdi. "The most common misconception is that bigger clothes will make you look slimmer." Pile on lightweight vertical pieces (think long cardigans, scarves, necklaces) to build a body-lengthening look without the bulk.

Autumn Cashmere duster, $348, for info; American Eagle Outfitters tank, $15.50,; J Brand leggings, $158, for stores; Dolce Vita shoes, $225, for similar styles; Kara by Kara Ross necklace, $220, at Barbara Jean, 501-227-0054

Photo: Tom Corbett

  • Structured Fabric

Dresses made from a structured fabric conceal imperfections, while crisscross detailing visually cinches in your middle. "The shape of the dress has to be hourglass, coming in close to the body and then gently draping out," says The Biggest Loser stylist Liza Whitcraft. And if you're shy about doughy arms, keep 'em under wraps with a cropped, fitted cardigan.

Autumn Cashmere cardigan, $134, at Gloria Jewel, 631-613-6034; Strenesse Gabriele Strehle dress, $620, at Pour Moi Boutique, 520-577-6351; Helen Ficalora earrings, $195, 877-754-2676

  • Accentuate Your Waist

A voluminous white tunic may sound like the antithesis to dressing thinner, but it can be surprisingly flattering. "Define your waist with a skinny belt," Verdi says. "And the farther you are from the floor, the skinnier you'll look, so wear platform heels." Remember to harness the power of slimming undergarments—they're the sneakiest look-trim trick of all.

Kimberly Ovitz dress, $325, at LSK, 516-625-5463; Stuart Weitzman shoes, $375, 212-750-2555; Martine Wester belt, $59,

  • Long, Dark Pants

Shoe-skimming superdark pants create a long, lean silhouette. "If you're bottom-heavy, wear them with a white top," Martin says.

Petit Bateau top, $160,; Theory pants, $235, at Bloomingdale's, 800-232-1854; See by Chloe shoes, $285, at Bergdorf Goodman, 800-558-1855; Uniglo hat, $19.50, 877-4-UNIGLO; Tissot watch,; Dean Davidson silver stud ring, $95,; Helen Ficalora gold flower ring, $600, and plain gold band, $200, 877-754-2676; Rachel Leigh stacking rings, $40 for set of seven,

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