Too much cleavage can push the boundaries of good taste. Instead, opt for a cowl neck dress or top that emphasizes the neck – not the bust! – like Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks does in this metallic slim shift.
masters showing off sexy curves on a petite frame by choosing a body-hugging dress with a tapered hem skirt. – close-to-the-body, belted cuts or bottom prints will help streamline curves and put the focus on the waist.
Take a cue from Hollywood’s favorite tomboy and fake a waist. “Belts, cropped blazers, seamed sheaths and shading all help. Short skirts and prints can carve out curves,” What Not to Wear style guru Stacy London tells PEOPLE StyleWatch.
Black might be slimming, but Hollywood newcomer Gabourey Sidibe proves that big girls don’t need to be afraid of bold colors – wearing any one shade from head-to-toe has the same effect as tried-and-true black.
Choose simple, fitted pieces to get a leggy look and if you’ve got the gams – like ! – rock a thigh-grazing mini! Add on sky-high pumps for some extra height and a tailored boyfriend blazer to streamline the look.
Why clock in all those hours at the gym if you aren’t going to show off that bod! Look just as good as by “boost[ing] your [athletic] shape with deep V-neck tops, volumizing ruffles and slim trousers,” says London.