Showing your curves: Creating a waist in an instant

We all know that there are loads of different body types, which means there are a lot of tricks and tips you can use to make the most of yours. No matter what type of body shape you have, there is one feature that we all want to make the most of: our waists.

Unfortunately, we can't all have the perfect hourglass figure that boasts a small waist. However, you can create the illusion of this and ensure that your waist looks small and is accentuated for all the right reasons.

It's not as difficult as you might think and you don't even need to diet or do sit-ups, instead; you just need to have the right items in your wardrobe. Here are some of TJC's best tricks for creating a waist in an instant:TJC's best tricks for creating a waist in an instant:

Side panelling

A really easy way to create your perfect hourglass shape is to wear a dress that features side panels in a darker colour to the rest of the dress. This look works better with block colours rather than patterns.

It works because the teaming of light and dark colours tricks the eye into seeing a different body shape. 

The panels should shape your waist and skim your hips to slim you down in a flattering way that isn't too over the top. You may also want to choose a dress that features ruching over the stomach, as this will hide any lumps and bumps that may make you feel unsure. 

Box crop top

You might think that a crop top is a bit daring, but you don't have to wear them in a way that shows off any skin. 

In fact, teaming a boxy crop top with a high-waisted skirt or trousers will cover your stomach but instantly make your waist look smaller.

You should choose a structured crop top that creates a square shape, as this will hang over your waist. It is this, teamed with a dark-coloured high-waisted style of trousers or a skirt that will slim your waist down.

It is best to choose a lighter coloured crop top than your bottoms, as this will work in the same way as the panel dress when it comes to tricking the eye. This is a really easy look that can look relaxed or formal.   

High-waisted skirts

High-waisted skirts are always a winner when it comes to cinching you in and creating an hourglass illusion. They sit right on the waist and so help to make it look much smaller.

It is a good idea to choose a skirt that has a band going around the waist as this will help to further the look, although they still work without this.

If you're feeling brave, you can go for a slinky pencil skirt. However, longer, fuller skirts also work really well, especially if you team the style with pleats, which serve to slim down your waist.

Full-circle skirts – think 1950s – are also great for teaming with this look and are incredibly flattering for all sizes.


Of course, one of the easiest ways to create a waist in an instant is to wear a belt. Belts can be teamed with practically any outfit and will work by drawing your waist in, making it look smaller.

It is a good idea to wear a belt in a colour that contrasts with the rest of your outfit or that features a lot of texture, as this will further the effect and make an effortless statement.

Check out our great range of belts to see which one could help you create a waist in a moment.

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