Va-Va-Voom! 10 Pieces To Get That Hourglass Figure

Whether your body more closely resembles a can of soda than a Coke bottle or you just want to flaunt the curves you were blessed with, we've got your backs. Now, more than ever before, that hourglass figure is the shape to celebrate. So, bring out those belts and start looking through your skirts; here's how to channel your inner vamp and give that oversized blazer a rest.
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Paneled "Curves" — Take advantage of the colorblocking trend and look for dresses that draw the curves on for you.

Stella McCartney Bi-Color Dress, $1,545, available at Saks.
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Nipped Blazers — Riding jackets and longer blazers with nipped-in waists can keep your waistline defined, even when you're wearing layers.

Ralph Lauren Tweed Riding Jacket, $620, available at Stylebop.
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Pumped-Up Peplums — If your derriere is less-than-there, create the illusion of fuller hips with a flippy peplum.

Miss Selfridge Black Peplum Skirt, $57, available at Miss Selfridge.
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Wide Belts — Ah, the oldest trick in the book! A wide belt worn with a looser-fit dress will help you achieve that hourglass shape, stat.

Yves Saint Laurent Studded Wide Leather Belt, $695, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Skater Dresses — With a close-fit top, a cinched waist, and an A-line skirt, skater dresses have an hourglass shape built into them. Look for versions that feature shape-defining trim or paneling to really get your point across.

Miss Selfridge Lime Piped Skater Dress, $68, available at Miss Selfridge.
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Shell-Like Mini Skirts — In a stiff material, a mini with a more voluminous cut can give the appearance of a rounder shape.

Carven Mini Skirt, $250, available at The Corner
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Strategic Ruching — Some smart tucking and draping at the waist gives the appearance of a smaller waist and more obvious curves, in contrast. Just be careful that the ruching is minimal and understated to avoid any bad prom dress vibes.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Twisted Jersey Boatneck Sheath Dress, $124, available at Nordstrom.
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A Structured Bustier — In thicker fabrics, a structured bustier can keep you looking sleek along your ribcage and trim around your waist. If you're something of a masochist, try out bustiers with built-in boning for extra support.

Modcloth Ocean Palace Bustier, $54.99, available at Modcloth.
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High-Waisted Trouser Shorts — Trouser shorts usually start at the smallest part of your waist and flare out to your thigh to give you that pin-up girl shape.

3.1 Phillip Lim High-Waisted SHorts, $292.98, available at Browns.
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Wrap Dresses — This style of dress really combines strategic ruching with a low neckline and a just-above-the-knee cut: the trifecta of hourglass dressing!

AllSaints Skull De Jouy Dress, $340, available at All Saints.

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