Larissa's flippy skirt suit

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Larissa Laurel, 29
Before: Busy prints are tricky—they can chunk you up. The bottom of Larissa's suit is uncomfortably binding, and the narrow-strapped halter top makes below-the-waist heaviness more obvious.

After: It's a myth that all skirt suits are dreary. This one (Carol Wior, $98) is short enough to flatter thighs, styled like a chic vintage dress, and, best of all, red. (Which brings us to another myth—that big women should avoid brights.) "I'm a plus size, but I love my hourglass shape," says Larissa. The flippy skirt gives her the allure of a 1940s pinup.