Fashion Tips for the Ages -- All Ages
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It's a Cinch
All women want a defined waist, recognizes "Harper's Bazaar Fabulous at Every Age: Your Quick & Easy Guide to Fashion" (Hearst Books, $24.95). So whatever your age, make a cincher an integral part of your look.
Here's how to do just that, according to the book:
Both functional and fabulously fashionable. With so many variations, this piece serves as much as a statement of your personal style -- there's life beyond the simple black leather belt -- as a way to flatter your figure.
The shape shifter. Belts, thin or thick, are the simplest and quickest way to define your body and reproportion you. They give sack dresses structure and draw attention to the smallest part of your body.
What's best for me? If you have a short torso, a thinner belt will pull you in while simultaneously masking your lack of length. A thicker belt, on the other hand, will help those blessed with long midriffs balance out their upper and lower halves.