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Q. How can I look ten pounds slimmer?

Strategically designed dresses will make you look svelte and polished instantly. Use color blocking and dark panels to draw the eye away from trouble spots—and highlight what you love with patterns and brights.

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$168; Built-in shapewear smooths; well-placed insets carve out a waist.

Attention, $27; Dark side panels visually slim.

Squeem, $108; Shapewear solution: This one-piece—a softer, modern take on a corset—whittles your waist and provides all-over control. (Wear your own bra with it!)
muffin top

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Q. How do I prevent muffin top?

It's all about artful dressing—and taking advantage of figure-flattering details. Wide waistbands, loose tops, and smoothing fabrics are all your friends. Check out these star players:

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Attention, $20; Hide a pooch with a peplum top.

Ivanka Trump, $79; A flowy tunic skims over flabby bits; a subtle elastic waist conceals and flatters.

Pants on model, Rafaella, $58; A wider waistband and stretch fabric hold you in.

Yummie by Heather Thomson, $34; This tank's fabric sucks in your middle, but it's loose on the bottom so it doesn't cling to bulges or ride up.
camouflage jiggly arms

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Q. How do I camouflage jiggly upper arms?

I'm crazy about Sleevey Wonders! Slip these ingenious pieces (available in 14 styles and an array of colors) under a sleeveless dress or top, and get instant stylish arm coverage.

Sleeve, $47;

Dress, DB Fashion Studio for Dressbar at Dressbarn, $46;

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When in doubt, belt it out: Emphasizing your waist always makes you look better than when you wear something boxy, so use belts to your advantage.

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Neutral Territory White House Black Market, $48;

Wide and Woven $88;

The Classic $55;

Wrap Star BCBG Max Azria, $38;

Edgy Metallic Stelios, $85; 203-866-4000