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.
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).
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.
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.
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.