Figure Flattery: Tricks for Every Body
If You Love Your Chest
Stylists and designers share their best advice for flattering your shape.
"Wear something fitted or low-cut. Think of your breasts as an accessory and keep the rest simple: a well-cut dress, a beautiful pair of heels, and possibly some sheer stockings."
-- STYLIST ANNABEL TOLLMAN, who works with Mariah Carey and Liv Tyler
Open necklines (scoop, square, or V-neck)
Showing too much cleavage
If You Don’t Love Your Chest
"Wide-leg pants and A-line skirts bring balance if you're busty. They make your upper body appear smaller by putting the width at the lower half instead."
-- STYLIST JEN RADE, who works with Cher and Angelina Jolie
Dark tops/vests with light bottoms
Simple, narrow sleeves
SECRET WEAPON: Panache Bras
"When you're well-endowed, you need to be supported, but your bra doesn't have to be dowdy. I use Panache bras [panachelingerie.com] all the time on clients whose cup size is D or larger. They're quite beautiful, come in every style, including strapless, and are available in triple and way down the alphabet."
-- STYLIST NICOLE CHAVEZ, who works with Rachel Bilson and Scarlett Johansson
If You're Flat-Chested
"You want to create interest at the neckline with ruffles, a loose bow, or a Peter Pan collar -- something with volume."
-- STYLIST EMILY CURRENT, who, along with partner Meritt Elliott, works with Mandy Moore and Emma Roberts
Halters, cowls, or turtlenecks
Horizontal stripes on your upper half
Thick, textured fabrics on top
Chest-length statement necklaces
If You Love Your Legs
"Definitely go for a short, full skirt, which will automatically send people's eyes right to your legs."
-- STYLIST MERITT ELLIOTT, who, along with Emily Current, works with Sophia Bush and Ashley Tisdale
Colorful and/or patterned skirts
If You Don’t Love Your Legs
"Dark, full skirts or trousers in a solid color help camouflage your legs." -- STYLISTS MARIEL HAENN AND ROB ZANGARDI, who work with Jennifer Lopez and Rachel McAdams
Plain jeans in a deep wash
Large patterns on your lower half
If You Have Short Legs
"A high-waist skirt or pants can make your legs appear longer and slimmer. The key is to create one continuous line." -- STYLIST BRITT BARDO, who works with Lauren Conrad and Kimora Lee Simmons
Skirts and pants that match your hosiery and shoes
If You Love Your Butt
"If you have an amazing butt à la Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian, a tucked-in shirt with a pencil skirt or tight, high-waist jeans is flattering and so adorable." -- STYLIST JESSICA PASTER, who works with Emily Blunt and Angie Harmon
Ruching over the rear
Loose-fitting skirts and pants
If You Don’t Love Your Butt
"To keep eyes away from the size of your rear, team a plain skirt with a print shirt. It's distraction central!" -- STYLIST CHER COULTER, who works with Kate Bosworth and Elizabeth Olsen
Fingertip-length tunics and jackets
Shirts with interesting open backs
White or ivory bottoms
If You Have a Flat Butt
"To add some body to your backside, try a simple skirt with a peplum jacket or top. This also gives the illusion of an even smaller waist." -- STYLISTS MARIEL HAENN AND ROB ZANGARDI
Rear welt pockets
"The most genius thing for flat bottoms is a booty enhancer, basically the same chicken-cutlet-type inserts you use in your bra but for your tush. Bubble Buns [$34; lovemybubbles.com] are my favorite. They're Spanx-like panties with pockets in the butt so you can slide in little inserts. They give you the curvy backside of a Rihanna." -- STYLIST GEORGE KOTSIOPOULOS, co-host of Fashion Police on E!
If You Love Your Hips
If You Love Your Hips
"Form-fitting clothes accentuate curves. Try a fitted pencil skirt or high-waist bottoms with a loose tucked-in blouse." -- STYLISTS MARIEL HAENN AND ROB ZANGARDI
Shiny fabrics on bottom
Tapered skirts and dresses