Bright, oversize prints aren't always becoming. Smartly placed color inserts, on the other hand, help carve out an hourglass shape.
"I'm forever trying to downplay my hips," says Aimee McBain, 36, a personal assistant. But her ill-fitting dresses, with their too-bold patterns, were making McBain look larger all over (Glassman advises that the dominant motif in any print should be smaller than the size of your fist). A fuchsia knit dress (Nue by Shani, $250) skims over McBain's body; contrasting orange panels visually whittle her midsection. The dress hits just below the knee, instantly making her lower half look leaner (skin-tone platform pumps extend the leg line by another five inches). "Since the dress is stretchy, I don't feel like it's squeezing me anywhere," says McBain. "And the square neck and color blocking make my waist look tiny."
Earrings, Foxy Originals. Bangles, Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz. Ring, MixologyNYC. Shoes, Charles by Charles David.