Choose the right length

Monitor Hemlines

Skirts should end just before or under the kneecap. Your legs will look longer. Shorter, fitted jackets will also flatter your legs—and waist.

Highlight your shape with patterns

Streamline with Color

Strategically designed dresses will make you look svelte and polished instantly. Use patterns, dark panels or color blocking to draw the eye where you want it to go.

Don't be afraid of all-white

Do the White Thing

All-white works on everyone, regardless of body shape—especially if you mix textures and shades.

Choose thicker fabrics

Rethink Your Fabric

When in doubt, choose clothing made in thicker fabrics such as wool, twill, denim and suede. Jersey may be comfortable, but it will also cling to every lump and bump.

Cinch your waist with a belt

Put a Belt on It

Emphasizing your waist always makes you look better than when you wear something boxy, so use belts to your advantage. Avoid elasticized waistbands. They might be comfortable, but they add bulk to your midsection.

Be mindful of your posture

Bonus: Stand Tall

Your mother was right: Stand up straight. It's a no-purchase-necessary solution to looking schlumpy—and certainly more comfortable than wearing Spanx!

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