WONDER WAIST.corset corset, article of dress designed to support or modify the figure. Greek and Roman women sometimes wrapped broad bands about the body. In the Middle Ages a short, close-fitting, laced outer bodice or waist was worn. By the 16th cent. with illusionist pieces that cinch cinch
a saddle girth on an American stock saddle. Tightens with a knot on a ring instead of with straps and buckles. your waist in for you. While side stripes are a must for a leaner silhouette, black panels around the middle will whittle down Verb 1. whittle down - cut away in small pieces
wear away, whittle away
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree" 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 (www.george.com)