- All Eyes on the waist: go for clothes that cinch at the waist and give you an hourglass figure. Choose structured pieces with flare that is not too dramatic; an exaggerated trapeze shape will not do you any favors. Whatever you wear on top, make sure it is slim and cut close to the body to best balance a fuller-cut lower half.
- Work your middle. Your waist should always be well defined. A cinched-in middle never fails to flatter; it highlights your womanly figure. Wear a belt or choose pieces with details like beading or ruching at the waist.
- Night life style: Be tactical about where you reveal a bit of skin. A small slit on the side of a long skirt can be slimming, while showing of a little leg. Highlighting your décolletage also is a way to show off some skin without being too provocative.
- Draping shapes are good for yours. Consider simplicity, subtle sexiness, and a little structure. While a structured look always works, pliable fabrics like jersey can be your best friend. You can wrap, twist, and gather a soft, stretchy fabric around your body so it highlights some parts and hides others.
- Keep it streamlined. Your clothes should be sleek — frill free and not overly elaborate. Think flat-front skirts and pants because heavy pleats and too much volume looks too bulky. Pick tops that are relatively simple, without layers of ruffles and embellishment.
- Night Life Style: Solid color in lights or darks will serve you well. But don’t avoid brights completely. A rich red is always striking, as well as jewel tones. Big prints aren’t best, so go for one color or hue to create the slimmest line, or wear simple, contrasting shades like black and white.
- Play a trick on the eyes: The key is to create womanly curves and definition. Don’t shy away from bold and intricate patterns. Florals, stripes, and graphics will give depth and character to a silhouette, but remember to keep it in check. Choose refined motifs in classic colors to keep from going overboard.
- Enhance your figure. To transform your slender physique into a more curvy shape, accentuate your middle and create the illusion of a fuller bust and hips. That means always define the waist, whether it’s with a dress that cinches, a top with a drop waist, or a gown with a distinct Empire line.
- Add Feminine Touches: Pieces with pleats, poufs, and lace add ladylike definition. The same goes for anything with ruffles, beading, and bows, which all offer a feminine boost to your figure. Balance anything with a lot of personality or dimension by pairing it with something more streamlined.
- Select Solids for Daytime: Keep your look sleek and chic, and avoid very busy prints. You don’t want to get lost in a loud pattern. Mixing solids works, and subtle details can add personality, but stay away from things, like overly ornate embellishment, that will detract from your figure. Stripes on the bottom can make your hips look wider to make it seem like you have curves.
- Try Textures at Night Instead. Plush fabrics like brocade, velvet, silk, lace, and chiffon can add character and fullness in the right places, and combining different fabrics will increase the richness of your look. Shun lots of layers, however, because your petite figure will look too loaded down. When in doubt, add three-inch heels!