For most women, the waist is the smallest part of their body, so why not flaunt it? For those who have an hourglass figure or those who want to accentuate what they’ve got to achieve a more curvacious look, see here for how to fake it before you make it (with a zillion crunches and a little less Christmas indulgence):

Image: Showbit, Aya Omasa outside the SS16 Chanel show in Paris


#1 Cinch it in

It’s all in the belt. If you’re wearing a baggy shirt dress and want to look more put together, cinch it in at the waist with a sturdy belt, this can apply to any and every outfit, even if you’re wearing layers like stunning Aya Omasa above. This one is a no-brainer

#2 Shop dresses and jumpsuits with built-in waist detailing

From a structured dress with boning and embroidery at the waistline to a playsuit with a drawstring waist, in-built waist highlighting details are great to look out for. 

#3 Tuck it in

If you’re wearing a billowy shirt, tuck it in and then fluff it out a bit to fully accentuate your waist and make sure it doesn’t get lost under all that material. The half or three-quarter tuck is every fashionista’s best friend. 

#4 Invest in a wrap dress

The wrap dress is every woman’s go-to if you’re looking for a flattering silhouette, Diane Von Furstenberg is the acclaimed wrap-dress connoisseur, but if her pieces aren’t in your price range try Dorothy Perkins or Mango instead for some gorgeous high street versions. 

#5 Play with cut-outs and proportions

Buy a dress with a cutout detail at the waistline and you’ll instantly draw attention to the skinniest part of your body. If you’re not feeling flashing the flesh after a huge family dinner, try playing with tailored, high-waisted pants that will pull you in and a shorter top or tucked in blouse for a put-together look that will still accentuate that itty-bitty waist!

For tricks on on how to wear heels all day in the office without pain, see here!