Hourglass

Spring Trends 2009, Clothes We Love, Hourglass
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Hourglass

01 of 08

Why We Love It

Spring Trends 2009, Clothes We Love, Hourglass
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We want you to celebrate your curves. Embrace, perhaps even enhance, the shape you're in. What's more, define your waist, but not in a '60s Mad Men way. Instead, create two dramatic arcs that proclaim full-grown womanliness. We realize it's as daunting as it is natural, but you'll thank us for suggesting it. Someday.

How to Wear It
Find which proportion flatters you: Draw the focus up to minimize hips. Full-on heels are needed to balance such a powerful silhouette; alternatively, distinctive belts reinforce it. Slicked back hair lets your beautiful leg shape steal the spotlight.

Photos: left, Gianfranco Ferre; right, Dolce amp Gabbana

02 of 08

Alexander Wang

Spring Trends 2009, Clothes We Love, Hourglass
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Nylon-spandex dress, Alexander Wang , $795; at Nordstrom, call 888-282-6060.

03 of 08

Banana Republic

Spring Trends 2009, Clothes We Love, Hourglass
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Belt, Banana Republic, $125; visit bananarepublic.com for stores.

04 of 08

Eryn Brinie

Eryn Brinie
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Satin dress, Eryn Brinie, $195; Call 866-780-3796.

05 of 08

Herve Leger by Max Azria

Spring Trends 2009, Clothes We Love, Hourglass
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Stretch rayon and nylon dress, Herve Leger by Max Azria, $790; buy online now at intermixonline.com .

06 of 08

Sportmax

Sportmax
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Cotton-spandex dress, Sportmax, $1,055; Call 212-674-1817.

07 of 08

Carlos by Carlos Santana

Spring Trends 2009, Clothes We Love, Hourglass
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Leather, platform sandals, Carlos by Carlos Santana, $99; visit carlosshoes.com.

08 of 08

Thread Social

Spring Trends 2009, Clothes We Love, Hourglass
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Silk twill dress, Thread Social, $440; Call 212-414-8844.

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