All Dressed Up
Our favorite figure-flattering frocks
Though terms like "problem area" make us cringe, we've all got body parts we'd rather not share with the world. Luckily, the classic Little Black Dress can be as effective as any diet...provided you choose the right one. Here are our favorites, no matter what you're looking to conceal.
If you're aiming to hide a tummy, choose a dress with a trim silhouette and soft pleating just above your stomach. Draw inspiration from the Grecian Twisted Column dress ($595) from Ports, which is particularly flattering due to the dramatic and lengthening neckline. And since it's made from mid-weight silk, you can wear it year-round.
For downplaying the derriere, there's nothing better than an empire waist and a fluid, forgiving skirt. French Connection's Peacock Bazaar dress ($268) has both, plus a pretty embroidered bodice that draws the eyes upwards. It's ideal for parties, but can also be worn more casually with tights and chunky-heeled boots.
And if it's your upper arms that are the culprit, scoop-necked sleeved numbers like the elegant Anne Klein Studded Ponte Dress ($118) do the trick. The three-quarter sleeves--which are cut full and flattering--accentuate the arm's most slender part.