How do I define my waistline?


It can be tricky to create the illusion of curves on a straight-frame body type if you don’t know the formula. Lucky for you, a straight frame can be made into an hourglass with a few quick styling tricks.

Keep reading for more tips on creating the illusion of a waistline!

Create Illusion of Waistline

Go high-waisted

From your skirts to your denim, a higher rise will do the trick when it comes to defining your waist line. When rocking a high waist, be sure to tuck in your tops to keep your look balanced. The bonus to a higher waist? Your legs will be instantly elongated as well!

It’s in the details

From ruching, to ruffles, to peplums—details around your waistline come in with the assist (hey, sports!) with creating more curves within your silhouette. Don’t discount the details that a great belt has to offer as well. When added to a boxy or flowy style, the accent at your waist will draw the eye to your middle and nip you in at the right spot.

Say yes to the dress

Fun & flirty styles such as fit-and-flares, wraps and A-lines are a great way to create a waist and add volume on your bottom half to balance out your top. Be sure to opt for dresses that cinch in at the smallest part of your waistline to maximize that desired hourglass effect.

Play with patterns and color

Mix prints! Try a pinstriped top tucked into a flouncy floral swing skirt for a chic, feminine style. Apply that same trick to your ensembles by pairing two different hues for a color-blocking effect to break up your length and create definition.

—Christina F.

What are your tips for accentuating a waistline? Tell us! 


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