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We typically stand by the idea that every woman should dress according to her body type (trends aside). Still, there are some items that look insanely good on pretty much anyone. Here, the top five pieces you already own that will make you look as svelte as hell.

Black Cropped Pants

Black Cropped Pants

Corporate gals, Francophiles and just about anyone who shops at the Gap knows the life-changing benefits of a cropped pant. First of all, a hint of ankle is always flattering. (It’s your leg’s smallest part.) Secondly, black is ubiquitously slimming. Finally, they pair well with literally everything.

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Get the look: Everlane ($98)

A Fit-and-Flare Dress

You don’t need an hourglass shape to reap the benefits of this silhouette. A fit-and-flare dress is fitted at the waist but flares out into an A-line style below. In other words, it nips you at your smallest part and hides any misgivings in the hip or thigh area.

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Get the look: French Connection ($95)

V Neck Top

The V-Neck Top

The open, upside-down triangle creates a high focal point up and away from your midsection and gives the illusion of a longer, slimmer upper body. The more skin displayed between chin and chest (within reason), the more elegant your proportions will seem overall. Also of note: Wider V-necklines visually balance broad hips and thighs.

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Get the look: Tibi ($275)


A Structured Blazer

Never underestimate the power of a blazer. The crisp straight lines and narrow lapels can work magic to slim and counteract curves. Wear yours open over a V-neck tank and dark-wash jeans or toss it over a shift dress.

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Get the look: Zara ($80)


The Waist Belt

Believe it or not, a good belt can slenderize just about any look. Use it over a shift dress, trench coat or long vest to wrangle excess fabric and create the illusion of an hourglass figure.

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Get the look: B-Low the Belt ($98)

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