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Curves Ahead: Dress to Create an Hourglass Figure

After losing 58 pounds, Rebecca Elias, 29, felt she'd gone from full to flat. With a little wardrobe Rx, we brought her sexy back.

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Rebecca before makeover
Karen Pearson
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Fake a Fuller Figure

Last year Rebecca went from a size 14 to a 6. "Dropping the weight is the best thing I ever did," says the English teacher. What she didn't count on losing, however, was her curves. "When I look in the mirror, I feel like a stick," she says. To compensate, Rebecca dressed as though her figure were fuller, but that just made her look shapeless. We showed her how to create an hourglass effect by accenting her tiny waist. "When I was heavy, I always avoided belts," Rebecca says. "I can't believe I'm wearing them now -- and with skinny jeans!"

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Balance Your Assets

A ruffled, belted blouse over stovepipe jeans looks slim and shapely.

On Rebecca: Lilla P top, $128, lillap.com. Citizens of Humanity jeans, $185, Bergdorf Goodman stores. Raina belt, $160, aquashowroom.com. Gap shoes, $40, gap.com.

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Cinch It Up

A belt is the easiest way to create instant curves.

French Connection, $78, Urban Clothing, 716-884-9145.

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Skirt the Issue

A structured waistband slims your middle.

JLee Silver, $132, fashionheist.com.

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Get Flirty

A tapered top that is flouncy at the bottom adds volume to narrow hips.

Stewart + Brown, $136, stewartbrown.com.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2010.

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msteele3939782 wrote:

All these clothes are so high-price! And I ex[ected advice for all different shapes...???

9/24/2010 09:37:35 AM Report Abuse
pamholtzman wrote:

Would love to see some things for the plus size lady

9/11/2010 10:10:20 AM Report Abuse

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