Fashion: Clothes that will make you look slimmer

12:30 05 March 2013

Roux hourglass strappy bandage dress, £119.99; Celeb Boutique (www.celebboutique.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Roux hourglass strappy bandage dress, £119.99; Celeb Boutique (www.celebboutique.com. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

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Worry not if your New Year resolution to lose a few pounds went awry, because a slimmer silhouette for spring is still possible with zero effort required.

AX Paris contrast midi dress, £25 (www.axparis.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.AX Paris contrast midi dress, £25 (www.axparis.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Thanks to designers like Stella McCartney and her coveted panelled dresses, favoured by countless stars on the red carpet, the high street has cottoned on to the body-boosting trickery of illusion dressing.

From trousers and skirts to dresses and coats, carefully-placed panels can transform your figure in seconds.

Hourglass body

Primark peplum mesh insert top, £8 (www.primark.co.uk).Picture: PA Photo/Handout.Primark peplum mesh insert top, £8 (www.primark.co.uk).Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Maximise curves that aren’t there or minimise lumps and bumps that are with a super-flattering panelled dress.

Clever use of black panels around the side of the dress create the impression of a Jessica Rabbit-esque hourglass figure.

Wonder waist

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.

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.

Slim pins

The 2012 Olympics sparked a sports luxe trend that’s a winner for flattering thighs.

Look to trousers with go-faster stripes. Skinny or wide, a contrasting panel that runs from waistband to ankle down the side of your leg will create the illusion of longer, slimmer pins worthy of a medal.

Try trousers that sit higher on the waist to eliminate muffin tops, and flat front pleats will flatter hips.

Add pointed toes to the equation and say hello to your new supermodel legs.

Taller torso

Those lacking in stature can gain valuable inches with some clever clothing combinations.

The matchy-matchy trend for trouser and skirt suits has really taken off on the high street, where you can opt for stylish geometric prints or bold block colours.

For ultimate figure flattery look for longer-length blazers tailored to nip in slightly at the waist.

If you’re looking for a flattering evening dress, consider a maxi-length option. Any dark colour worn head-to-toe minus frills and fussiness has a dramatically lengthening effect.

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