Fake Your Way to an Hourglass Figure

Evolutionary theories aside, the figure eight continues to be a desirable shape for one reason: It's perfectly proportionate, so clothes somehow look just right. Here's how to mimic the look—whatever your body type.

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If you are a... FLUTE

Your waist-to-hip ratio is about to get a lot more dramatic.

Create your own curves with padded shoulders and a schoolgirl circle skirt.

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If you are a... FLUTE

Floaty, ruffled details instantly feminize a boyish frame.

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If you are a... DEWDROP

You've got the voluptuous hips going. Now we just need to balance them out with your upper half. (No problem.)

A boat neckline and full skirt create a beautiful out-in-out silhouette.

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If you are a... DEWDROP

A waist-length jacket flatters your curves without getting in the way of your hips.

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If you are a... DEWDROP

A thin knit shows off your slender upper body; super-straight pants slim out your thighs.

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If you are an... APPLE

The goal: to carve out a waist and—ever so slightly—play up your hips.

So cute: The peplum top nips in your midsection, and the A-line skirt adds shape where you need it.

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If you are an... APPLE

A wide scoopneck and flared skirt add up to a perfect hourglass.

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If you are an... APPLE

The open collar and sleek cardi narrow your torso; the flared trousers complete the shape.

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