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It doesn’t matter what your personal style may be. Picking an outfit that fits well and flatters you is a key component of getting dressed. No one knows this better than a stylist. The industry’s top pros dress celebrities for everything from red carpet premieres to weekend errand runs, and while each stylist may have pieces they gravitate towards putting on their clients, there’s one thing they all agree on: the best way to create a figure-flattering look.
According to the pros, the key is to accentuate your waist. There are many ways to do it—whether it be through tailoring, belting, or simply choosing the right cut of clothing. But when it comes down to it, stylists all emphasize that highlighting the slimmest part of your body is the best way to create an ultra-flattering look. Curious about exactly what to do? Read on for crucial advice given by the likes of Monica Rose, June Ambrose, and Stacy London, each of whom has her own perspective on how to flaunt your hourglass figure.
Read on to see each stylist’s advice for flattering your figure and to shop stylish and slimming pieces!
“An A-line skirt is always flattering, as it nips in at your waist. It’s all about finding ways to accentuate your figure and having fun with your wardrobe.” — Micaela Erlanger
Choose a skirt that hits just aboe the knee to lengthen your leg.
A high-waisted miniskirt looks ultra-flattering on your body.
“Show off that tiny waist! Adding a belt makes your outfit look more polished. I have great belts from Phillip Lim and Alaïa. Vintage belts are one of a kind and can be affordable too.” — Kim Kardashian West
A red belt will draw the eye straight to your waist.
A wide belt can really highlight your slimmest area.
“Look for color-block tops with side panels that taper in toward the waist. At a glance, all you’ll notice is the middle panel, and everything on the sides will sort of fade away. You also can look for tops with horizontal color-blocking, where the part above the waist is one color or print and the part below the waist is another. The effect is subtler this way, but it does work.” — Charles Manning
Contrasting side panels immediately draw the eye to your waist.
Color-blocking can make for an ultra-slimming look.
“If you are more of an hourglass shape, don’t be afraid to show off the smallest part of your body. … If you pair a lighter top with a darker bottom, it will immediately give you a waist because of the contrasting shades.” — Anita Patrickson
High-waisted jeans with a flare add length to the legs.
A more relaxed high-waisted style looks super flattering with a tucked-in tee.
“You want something that’s going to create the illusion of small and wide. The way the peplum is cut is that it kicks out at the hip, giving you just what you need to make the waist look smaller. … Then it creates this illusion of [a] smaller waist and hips.” — June Ambrose
Peplum immediately accentuates your waist at the narrowest area.
A sheer peplum is a fresh way to wear the style.
“I take everything in at the waist, and I always use my tailor to fix everything. I think that’s why my styling can translate as very polished. I try to perfect every look with my tailor.” — Monica Rose
Tailoring a piece to fit your body is a trick that can make a huge difference.
Structured tailoring is made to make your body look its very best.
“Every body type should make use of a waistline. Even if you carry all your weight in your tummy, you can still create a waist with seaming or by belting at the smallest part of your waist—which is usually the bottom of the rib cage. That is the easiest way to create curves if you’re a straight ‘boy’ shape or accent your curves if you’ve already got them. A waistline also balances body proportion, so even if you have large hips or a large chest, you always want to accent a small waist in comparison.” — Stacy London
A tie waist can help accentuate your body’s narrowest area.