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Define Your Waist [Lookbook]

Simply put, an hourglass body shape looks symmetrical—and is considered by many to be an ideal proportional figure.

Don’t worry: no matter what shape your silhouette has, there are many ways to create that hourglass appeal . . . and ways to focus on creating a pleasing symmetry, which will streamline your overall look. 

From narrowing the waist with fabric construction, print design or a belt to adding emphasis or volume in other key areas,  you’ll find figure-flattering solutions that highlight your best features for top curve appeal. 

No Gap Waistbands

No-gap waistbands keep you comfortable and covered. Discreet tummy control smooth and stretch fabrics smooth your shape.

Hourglass Shape

It’s easy for you to have an eye-catching hourglass shape with the right print or cut! Look for a visual narrowing-in from bodice to waist and flare outward and downward. This proportion has balance, symmetry, a slimming effect and true wow appeal.


A wide neckline can broaden shoulders to help minimize the waist.

Wide Waistband

Long, lean, and smooth: we all want it. Start with a wide waistband or control panel for middle management. Narrow-style footwear close is hue to your pants also elongates the legs and trims your look.

Styling Belts

If you have fuller hips, a belt can be a stylish accessory that is often underutilized. Wearing a belt has the advantage of minimizing hip appearance.

Pulled Together

“Pulled together” works wonders here. The dress’ blend of empire waistline above plus strong visual A-line flare helps minimize the waist by contrast–with an interesting neckline to keep the eyes moving.

Wear Empire Waist Dresses

Slimming empire waist dresses with elegant prints and unique lengths are the best kind. You’ll create an empire of flattery!

Hourglass Effect

Make sure you don’t lose your midsection. Look for tops and dresses that nip in at the waistline to create a more hourglass effect.

Empire Waist Trick

A trick to a flattering empire waist is to avoid billowing or gathering and pleating under the waistline. This can add the appearance of extra pounds in the tummy area, and billowing fabrics will completely hide your shape. Instead, look for a more body-hugging design.

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