"I'm very proud of my hourglass figure now," says Renn, 23, author of the eating disorder memoir Hungry. In this gown, no curve goes unnoticed. The black lace over a blush slip is sophisticated but sexy; the skirt's mermaid flare plays to Renn's love of dramatic shapes.
If you're curvy...
- Show off your shoulders. They're pretty no matter what size you are.
- Lengthen the lower body. This flared hem offsets the hips (they'd look wider if the skirt tapered all the way down).
- Look for structure. Don't let your small waist get lost in something loose or boxy.
- Create a diversion. A strapless or one-shoulder style draws the gaze upward—a smart tactic if you carry most of your weight on the bottom.
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