Best Buys For Your Body

Best Buys For Your Body - Petite
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Best Buys For Your Body

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Styling Tips for Pear Shapes

Claire Danes - Leighton Meester
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* Pair V-neck blouses with wide-leg pants or an A-line skirt to create an hourglass shape.
* Look for mid-rise boot-cut jeans with large back pockets and a wide waistband.
* Choose jackets that are fitted through the bust and waist but gently flare over hips.

STAR EXAMPLES
* Claire Danes (left), in a Zac Posen dress with puff sleeves, is perfectly proportional.
* Leighton Meester (right) is in fine form in a fitted BCBG Max Azria dress.

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Rebecca Taylor Blouse

Best Buys For Your Body - Pear-shaped - Rebecca Taylor
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Artsy floral prints add interest above the waist.

Silk, $250; call 212- 712-0473.

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Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Pants

Best Buys For Your Body - Pear-shaped
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Think beyond black-straight-leg trousers in any dark hue slim your bottom half.

Stretch wool, $400; call 212-460-5500.

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David Meister Dress

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Pear Shaped - David Meister Dress
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Flirty cap sleeves balance out curvy hips.

Cotton, $365; visit

davidmeister.com for stores.

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Gerard Yosca Earrings

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Pear Shaped - Gerard Yosca Earrings
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Geometric earrings bring eyes upward.

Gold-plated brass, $150; call 401-848-5284.

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Just Cavalli Pumps

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Pear Shaped - Just Cavalli Pumps
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Pointy-toe heels make legs look longer and leaner.

Embossed leather, $435; call 212-888-4333.

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Styling Tips for Hourglass Figures

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Hourglass - Jennifer Love Hewitt
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* Make the most of a small midsection. Cinch dresses, jackets and sweaters at the waist.
* To elongate a curvy body, wear cardigans or lightweight jackets that graze the hips.
* Avoid low-rise jeans. Ones with a fitted waist won't gape at the lower back.

STAR EXAMPLES
* Jennifer Love-Hewitt (left) has curves in all the right places in a Dolce & Gabbana V-neck dress.
* Scarlett Johansson (right) accentuated her profile in a Mango blouse and skirt with a bow cinched at the small of her waist.

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Noble Youth Dress

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Hourglass - Noble Youth Dress
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A narrow waist and a hemline that tapers at mid-thigh accentuate your feminine shape.

Wool crepe dress with metal chain strap, $312; visit

nobleyouthdesign.com for stores.

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Gryphon New York Coat

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Hourglass - Gryphon New York Coat
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A classic trench with an embellished belt emphasizes a tiny waist.

Cotton-blend twill with leather and elastic belt, $690; call 831-626-3368.

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Moschino Cheap and Chic Skirt

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Hourglass - Moschino Cheap and Chic Skirt
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An A-line skirt with flat pleats skims hips without adding bulk.

Sateen cotton, $545; call 212-243-8600.

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Furla Bag

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Hourglass - Furla Bag
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A structured clutch calls attention to a curvy figure.

Embossed leather, $445; call 212-980-3208.

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Via Spiga Shoes

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Hourglass - Via Spiga Shoes
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Cone heels are substantial, not clunky, and add the perfect dose of sex appeal.

Pearlized leather and suede shoes, $215; visit

viaspiga.com for stores.

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Styling Tips for Boyish Shapes

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Boyish - Emma Watson - Joy Bryant
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* Details like bows and ruffles around the neckline help fill you out on top.
* Shore up narrow hips with low-slung pants and a medium-to-wide belt.
* Strategic cuts like sweetheart necklines and full skirts create the illusion of curves.

STAR EXAMPLES
* Zoe Saldana (left) gets a pin-up girl figure in an Azzedine Alia halter dress.
* Emma Watson (right) enhances her silhouette in a belted Proenza Schouler dress.

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Max Azria Blazer & Rebecca Taylor Top

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Boyish - Max Azria Blazer & Rebecca Taylor Top
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A fitted blazer and secretary blouse leave a decidedly feminine impression.

Cotton-rayon blazer, $448; visit

maxazria.com for stores.
Silk blouse, $250; call 212-966-0406.

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Steven Alan Pants

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Boyish - Steven Alan Pants
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Heavyweight fabric and pleats add volume.

Wool, $240; call 212-343-0692.

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Loeffler Randall Skirt

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Boyish - Loeffler Randall Skirt
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A full skirt with a wide waistband gives hips extra oomph.

Wool-flannel, $350; call 888-822-7639.

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Stuart Weitzman Boots

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Boyish - Stuart Weitzman Boots
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Mid-calf boots bring shape to skinny legs.

Embossed leather, $475; visit

stuartweitzman.com for stores.

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Brahmin Bag

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Boyish - Brahmin Bag
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The soft lines of a rounded satchel take the edge off an angular body.

Embossed leather and brass, $340; at

brahmin.com.

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Styling Tips for Apple Shapes

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Voluptuous - America Ferrara - Jennifer Hudson
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* Patterned tops (geometrics, animal prints) are on trend, and the optical illusion trims the torso.
* Mid-rise jeans will keep your rear covered and guard against the dreaded muffin top.
* Structured shift dresses create a vertical line from shoulders to hem, cleverly obscuring the waist.

STAR EXAMPLES
* Jennifer Hudson (left) looks trim in a structured RM Roland Mouret cocktail dress.
* America Ferrera (right) looks shapely and slim in an ingeniously printed Oscar de La Renta dress.

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H&M Skirt

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Apple Shaped - H&M Skirt
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A belted skirt offsets a thick midsection.

Cotton, $35; visit

hm.com for stores.

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Julie Haus Dress

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Apple Shaped - Julie Haus Dress
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Black trim at the waist defines a boxy frame.

Silk, $365; call 917-332-8680.

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Banana Republic Belt

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Apple Shaped - Banana Republic Belt
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Worn above the natural waist, a medium-width belt plays up your slimmest point.

Suede, $60; at

bananarepublic.com.

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Sanctuary Clothing Blouse

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Apple Shaped - Sanctuary Clothing Blouse
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Details at the neck are the focus; a tent silhouette won't cling.

Silk, $118; call 818-505-0018 for stores.

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Pono by Joan Goodman Necklace

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Apple Shaped - Pono by Joan Goodman Necklace
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A showstopping choker brings attention up, up and away from the belly.

Acrylic resin and brass, $400; call 631-324-6666.

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Styling Tips for Busty Figures

Best Buys For Your Body - Busty - Catherine Zeta Jones - Salma Hayek
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* Start with a supportive underwire bra with molded cups to shape and smooth.
* Avoid high necklines, which can make large busts appear matronly.
* Go ahead, wear bold colors and wild patterns-but on your bottom half only.

STAR EXAMPLES
* Salma Hayek wears a flattering strapless Yves Saint Laurent dress.
* Catherine Zeta-Jones (right) rocks a simple neckline and a hint of cleavage in a Michael Kors cocktail dress.

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Shoshanna Dress

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Busty - Shoshanna Dress
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A bra-friendly scoop-neck sheath looks refined and makes the neck look longer.

Wool, $340; visit

neimanmarcus.com for stores.

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Nicole Farhi Blouse

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Busty - Nicole Farhi Blouse
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The built-in camisole protects against inadvertent peep shows.

Silk chiffon with glass beads, $385; call 646-638-0115.

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BCBG Max Azria Skirt

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Busty - BCBG Max Azria Skirt
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Balance a prominent top half with a pop of color below the waist.

Nylon, $98; visit

bcbg.com. Available in October.

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Kara Ross Cuff

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Busty - Kara Ross Cuff
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Leave showy necklaces to the small-busted; try a wide cuff instead.

Gold-plated brass, enamel and amethyst, $270; call 904-619-8563.

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Elliott Lucca Bag

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Busty
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A shoulder bag with a long strap takes attention away from the bust.

Leather, $148; at

elliottlucca.com.

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Styling Tips for Petites

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Petite - Christina Ricci - Eva Longoria
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* Proportion is key-always buy petite sizes and have items tailored when needed.
* Straight lines create longer silhouettes. Try sheath dresses and pencil skirts.
* Bold prints engulf a small frame; mini florals and subtle patterns suit you best.

STAR EXAMPLES
* Christina Ricci (left) makes a big impact in a mini polka-dot DKNY dress.
* Eva Longoria Parker (right) creates an illusion of tall and narrow with this Diane von Furstenberg sheath.

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Banana Republic Petites Dress

BEST BUYS FOR YOUR BODY - Petite - Banana Republic Petites Dress
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An impeccably tailored above-the-knee dress balances proportions.

Wool and elastane, $140; at

bananarepublic.com.

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Joe's Jeans

Best Buys For Your Body - Petite
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Ankle-length boot-cut jeans make for a taller look.

Cotton blend Provocateur petite in Aniston wash, $165; at

joesjeans.com.

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Talbots Petite Jacket

Best Buys For Your Body - Petite
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A hip-length jacket adds inches to a short torso.

Wool blend jacket, $219; call 800-825-2687. Available in October.

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Coach Bag

Best Buys For Your Body - Petite - Coach Bag
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A medium zebra-print bag adds flair-without overwhelming a petite figure.

Calf-hair bag with brass and leather chain, $598; call 866-262-2440.

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Charles by Charles David Heels

Best Buys For Your Body - Petite
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Nude heels create the appearance of impossibly long legs.

Leather, $125; call 310-277-4448.

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