It's A Cinch

Want to look like you’ve lost an inch or two without hitting the gym or even breaking a sweat? Do something to define your waist. Yup, it really is that easy and we have some simple ways to create a more streamlined silhouette.

metallic leather belt

Belt it up

Belts are a style must and give you the illusion of a waist even when you don’t have a defined midsection. Adding a belt to anything from a shift dress to an oversize sweater can have a big impact on your look. This season, go for metallic or skinny vibrant belts.

Our pick: Add some bling to any cooler weather look with this sleek snake-embossed metallic leather belt ($42).

Peplums, please

While peplums aren’t new (they’ve been everywhere for a season or two), don’t discount them just yet. Peplums as extensions on tops and dresses are a great way to define your waist. By flaring out from the waistline, you create an illusion of a more cinched midsection. Yes, please!

Our pick: We love this lace peplum top ($56), which would look great paired with slim black trousers and heels in a vibrant hue.

Flared skirt

Flared skirts

One of the best ways to cinch your waist is by donning a fun, flirty flared skirt. Since they flare out from the waist, they create a narrowing effect that’s flattering just where you need it most.

Our pick: Add this simple flared skirt in indigo, charcoal or orange to your cooler weather wardrobe ($39). Pair with knit tights, a semi-sheer button-up and platform pumps.

wrap dress

Don a wrap dress

Diane von Furstenberg was on to something when she created the wrap dress, a design that was made for flattering a woman’s body. Since it wraps around and essentially hugs your middle, it creates a feminine silhouette, and more importantly, helps define your waist.

Our pick: While this silk Rachel Roy wrap dress might be a splurge ($448), it has the style chops to become a go-to wardrobe item. Add ankle boots and a faded denim jacket or boyfriend blazer for an on trend fall look.

Tuck it in

Creating a slim midsection and pulled together look comes down to wearing a shirt that tucks seamlessly into your bottoms. Opt for slim-cut button-ups and fitted tees and turtlenecks to avoid excess fabric that just creates more bulk around your middle.

Our pick: Every wardrobe needs a good quality crisp white shirt ($225) you can tuck into trousers or even denim for a streamlined look.

White shirt

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Comments on "Cinch it: 5 Easy ways to define your waist"

Kendra December 12, 2012 | 3:17 PM

I love wearing belts. Thin ones are nice because they're not super obvious (in other words they don't necessarily "make" an outfit), but they make you look a lot thinner. Thanks for the tips!

Tiffany December 12, 2012 | 2:20 PM

I'm always amazed at how much thinner I look by simply tucking in my shirt. It defines my waist and makes me look much more womanly than if I were to leave it untucked.

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