To accentuate your waist
What to look for: Semi-fitted styles that gently follow your curves and show off your waistline, including wraps, fit-and-flared numbers, sleeves, belted shirtdresses and full dresses. Choose medium-weight knits and soft fabrics that cover well. Opt for a more open neckline for a slimming effect.
To promote the curves
What to look for: High necklines to enhance your bust, and details that define the stomach (such as belts, draping and shirring) and body-skimming bias cuts to create curves. Not worried about curves? A-lines and shifts are also chic options.
To pull focus away from your midsection
What to look for: Dresses that do not emphasize the waistline, like shifts and subtle A-lines. Basically, boxy, generous shapes are your best choice. Do lift the hemlines to show off your legs.
To balance proportions
What to look for: Build a heavier bottom with strapless or cut-out styles that extend the shoulders. Wraps also glide nicely on the full hips.