Soledad O'Brien in O, the Oprah Magazine

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Soledad O'Brien, TV newscaster

O'Brien's straight shape suddenly looks va-va-voom in a gold sheath and leopard-print trenchcoat. "I'd never worn metallics before," says the 43-year-old CNN anchor and special correspondent, "and my trenches are black or navy."

If you're athletic...
  • Take the plunge. Deeper necklines create the illusion of more bust.
  • Cinch it in. Belts add shape by "carving out" the waist.
  • Try gathers and texture. The ruching and gleam on this dress give the body dimension.
  • Build curves. Emphasize your top half with a dramatic collar, your hips with a slightly flared skirt.
  • Dress sexy. A less voluptuous figure means you can indulge in high-glam fabrics without looking too Las Vegas.

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