We long for abs of steel and hourglass figures, but that kind of core work takes serious time. And we’re all for getting in shape, but to fake it until you make it, this is what to wear for a smaller-looking waist.
Anything high-waisted - Nothing cinches the waist like high-rise bottoms that smooth and shape right where we need it. Go for pants or a skirt that hits just above your belly button to draw attention to the littlest part of your torso.
Vertical stripes - While horizontal stripes can make you look wider, vertical ones do the opposite. A blouse or t-shirt with elongating vertical stripes is actually slimming.
A wide-legged pant - Your waist will look tiny in contrast to the bell-shape of the pants. Try a pair of culottes or trousers with a lot of legroom and a high waist to highlight your torso where it’s most narrow.
A peplum silhouette - This classic look from the ‘40s is still in style today because it works. You get instant curves with the “figure-hugging waist seam” and the flare of fabric.
A sheath dress with paneled sides - This fashion illusion draws your eye into the middle by creating an hourglass shape in fabric. The dark fabric on the sides is slimming and the light color in the center makes your torso appear a lot smaller.
A wrap dress - These curve hugging jersey dresses became popular thanks to Diane Von Furstenberg back in the ‘70s and they’re still a cult classic today. The fabric tie at the waist and V-neck are always flattering.
A belted jacket - Define your middle in your coat by tying it at your waist. Simple and chic.