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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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Karen Pearson
Rebecca after makeover
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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, Citizens of Humanity jeans, $185, Bergdorf Goodman stores. Raina belt, $160, Gap shoes, $40,

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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,

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Get Flirty

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

Stewart + Brown, $136,

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2010.

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dkromans1 wrote:

I agree with the other comments. I don't think it makes her look better and the average person can't afford those prices.

1/28/2011 10:00:08 AM Report Abuse
msteele3939782 wrote:

Any heavy person would NOT wear that...and she doesn't really look good and she has a great figure!

9/24/2010 09:38:13 AM Report Abuse
callistas_shado wrote:

Actually, that combination doesn't really seem to help. I think it makes her look heavier!

9/10/2010 10:52:13 AM Report Abuse

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