15 Amazing Figure Fixers (You Might Already Own)
Want longer legs? Maybe a leaner midsection? Meet the wardrobe wonders that do the work for you.
Something longer and boxier than your average blazer has structured volume that counters a little extra bulge. The result: a clean line from shoulder to hip. Definitely make sure the sleeves are well-fitted, lest you be mistaken for wearing something from your boyfriend’s closet.
Hollywood starlets of the ’50s like Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe were on to something with their tightly waisted full skirts that stopped just at or up to three inches above the knee: A wide hemline makes your waist look teeny-tiny, while the swishy, pleated skirt skims over curvy hips. A win-win situation.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but wide-set (as in, they hit the outer edge of your collarbone), wide-width straps and necklines look perfectly in proportion to your frame. (For proof of the unnarrowing effect of narrow straps, picture an Olympic swimmer in a racerback suit.)
Think of them as a belt for your ankles: This genius detail can create the illusion of a curve where there isn’t one, resulting in (ta-da!) skinnier-looking ankles. Seek out pairs with thickish straps—at least a half inch wide—that sit loosely on your ankle. Anything skinny and tight can cause bulging.
A jacket, top or dress with a flouncy peplum detail at the waist will create the illusion of curves without adding bulk. For the most flattering results, be sure the peplum nips in and flares out somewhere between the bottom of your rib cage and the top of your hip bone.
Sleeve length makes all the difference: Short sleeves hit you right where you’re the widest, so avoid at all costs. Instead, pick a silky top that has a slightly boxy cut and either long, three-quarter or no sleeves, so you get a hint of curves without looking big all over.
The key here is breaking up the surface area (so your butt seems smaller) without totally covering your curves. Slim—not tight!—tops that stop just below your hip bone do the trick, and are just long enough that they won’t ride up above your waistband.
Cover up in shapeless clothes and you’ll look shapeless! Instead, trust structured pieces—shift dresses, blazers and boot-cut pants—to create a graceful (rather than blobby) shape.
A loosely tied bow, a waterfall of ruffles, a cascade of well-placed pleats—any detail that adds volume through your chest will make it look fuller. Just don’t go overboard; too much adornment will overwhelm you.
On you, this incredibly chic cut hits at your natural waist, putting your body in proportion and making your legs seem longer.
Go ahead and say yes to the shape we saw all over the runways. With a seam that typically hits at your hip bone or just below, these languid, body-skimming silhouettes instantly elongate your midsection by blurring the location of your actual waistline (plus, they’re incredibly cool). Add heels to keep the dropped waist from making your legs look too short.
The trick here is creating a single fluid line from hip to floor—so skip the ankle-crop styles. Look for mid- to high-rise pants that are fitted through the thigh with a gentle flare starting just below the knee (anything higher actually makes legs look shorter). Add heels to sneak in a couple of actual extra inches.
Spindly heels make thicker calves look, well, thicker, but ones measuring one to two inches wide at the heel’s sole make for a less dramatic—and therefore more flattering—leg-to-shoe transition. Obvious bonus: Chunky heels are easier to walk in!
Look for slim sleeves, a nipped-in waist and a slightly raised shoulder that extends an inch or two beyond the jacket’s body. The end result: a strong (but not Max Headroom–boxy) silhouette.
Slip one on at your narrowest point (just below your rib cage), over anything from a blouse to a fitted coat. Just remember to keep the belt width proportional to your height: The longer your torso, the wider the belt—and vice versa.
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