15 Amazing Figure Fixers (You Might Already Own)
Keep a tummy under wraps with a menswear blazer.
Something longer and boxier than your average blazer has structured volume that counters a little extra bulge. The result: a clean line from shoulder to hip. Definitely make sure the sleeves are well-fitted, lest you be mistaken for wearing something from your boyfriend’s closet.
Rex Leather-Trimmed Blazer, $495, Elizabeth and James, neimanmarcus.com
Disguise bigger hips and thighs with a full skirt.
Hollywood starlets of the ’50s like Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe were on to something with their tightly waisted full skirts that stopped just at or up to three inches above the knee: A wide hemline makes your waist look teeny-tiny, while the swishy, pleated skirt skims over curvy hips. A win-win situation.
Belted Full Midi Skirt, $50, ASOS, us.asos.com
Balance broad shoulders with wide-set straps.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but wide-set (as in, they hit the outer edge of your collarbone), wide-width straps and necklines look perfectly in proportion to your frame. (For proof of the unnarrowing effect of narrow straps, picture an Olympic swimmer in a racerback suit.)
Pure Body Box T, $25, gap.com
Slim wide ankles with ankle-strap heels.
Think of them as a belt for your ankles: This genius detail can create the illusion of a curve where there isn’t one, resulting in (ta-da!) skinnier-looking ankles. Seek out pairs with thickish straps—at least a half inch wide—that sit loosely on your ankle. Anything skinny and tight can cause bulging.
Leather “Realove” Sandals, $100, stevemadden.com
Give a boyish figure hourglass curves with a peplum waist.
A jacket, top or dress with a flouncy peplum detail at the waist will create the illusion of curves without adding bulk. For the most flattering results, be sure the peplum nips in and flares out somewhere between the bottom of your rib cage and the top of your hip bone.
Embellished Collar Peplum Top, $64, Topshop, us.topshop.com