Photo: Michelle Holden

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SLIMMING STRATEGY #2: Step into Perfect Pants

To elongate a voluptuous figure, opt for neutral trousers with lots of stretch.

Angela Brittain, 28, a children's ministry director, attempts to minimize her chest and hips, but roomy blouses and droopy cropped pants were maximizing both. The side seams on these straight-leg pants (Magaschoni, $310) are pushed to the front, which appears to take inches off her thighs. A vivid, tailored top (Marina Rinaldi, $260) with vertical detail makes Brittain seem taller and de-emphasizes her chest. Together, the separates suit her frame. Bonus: The shirt's appliqués and scoopneck direct attention up to her face. "The blue works well with my eyes," says Brittain.

Earrings, Leslie Greene. Bracelets, M.Haskell and Kara Ross NY. Ring, Miriam Salat. Shoes, Jimmy Choo.