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No need for a corset with illusionist pieces that cinch your waist in for you. While side stripes are a must for a leaner silhouette, black panels around the middle will whittle down your waistline in an instant. Whether it's one solid black panel or criss-cross contrasting lines, the cinching effect will bestow a waist of enviable proportions. If your tummy's a concern, seek out sculpting underwear or slips for an extra boost. Playing with proportions can have a surprisingly flattering effect too - a peplum top with its large exaggerated frill exaggerates the hips, making your waist looks smaller for added curve appeal.

Actress Kate Winslet, wearing a Stella McCartney dress, arriving for a premiere of the Venice Film Festival. Inset: PU panel illusion dress, PS18, from George at Asda (
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 4, 2013
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