Strategic color-blocking goes a (very) long way.
Dresses, tops, and skirts that have darker-colored panels on the outside create the visual effect of negative space—now you see it, now you don’t!—and the eye is drawn only to the slim, brighter-colored panels. A dress like this one from Calvin Klein works wonders for busty women, hip-y women, or anyone who wants to whittle down or carve out a smaller-looking waist. (And it gets bonus points for being made of ponte, a thick double-knit fabric that won’t show every lump and bump.)
Shop this dress: Calvin Klein Colorblock Ponte Dress, $118 at Dillards.com.