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Floaty Empire-Waist Tops
It's terrible to hear "When are you due" if there's no baby on the way. Billowy blouses invite that because they magnify the problem area; same goes for the opposite extreme—stretchy, tummy hugging tees. You need tops that are shaped but not tight. Other smart strategies:
  • Upper-body enhancers like cap sleeves, open or vee necklines.
  • Shorter hems on fitted tops—just to the base of the stomach. You might think a longer top hides all, but (sorry to be so graphic) you'll look like a snake that's just swallowed its prey.
  • Curvy tops or jackets that flare out under a nipped waist.
  • Buttonless or wrap styles (shirts and cardigans are tricky because buttons may gap over your abdomen).
    The right pants are crucial, too: Try a slimming pair of Lee Jeans' Instantly Slims You jeans or trousers with a supportive mesh front panel.


    Above: The long tie draws the eye down and away from the midsection. (Dana Buchman, $275)
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