8 Spring Dresses That Will Slim Your Midsection

8 Spring Dresses That Will Slim Your Midsection

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Do you carry your weight in the mid-section? The secret to a no-frills wardrobe this spring is dressing for your body type. With smart designs, cute patterns, and a few fashionable accents, these dresses hide bumps and bellies you'd rather not show. You can make anything work, as long as it works for you! Try these silhouettes on for size.

The Pleated Skirt
Coldwater Creek
This number has many factors working in your favor, the first three being key spring trends - windowpane printing, pleats, and a cool pastel shade. Getting down to logistics: the empire waistline gathers at the bottom, highlighting hourglass curves, while clever pleating conceals any flab. Mini Check DressAvailable at: Coldwater Creek, $119.95
The Pattern Play
Coldwater Creek
Patterns are excellent at tricking the eye. Larger sized polka dots (ahem, another spring trend) are designed to draw the eye up, while smaller ones shade and slim potential trouble areas. This shirtdress style is a classic winner for warmer professional days at the office. Dotted ShirtdressAvailable at: Coldwater Creek, $129.95
The Peplum
When shopping for the right day-to-night dress this spring, keep your eyes peeled for peplum. Peplum, a pretty and feminine detail, is in the simplest terms a really clever flap to conceal your tummy!Ponte Peplum DressAvailable at: Talbots, $129
The Twisted Front
The twist-front design adds a little visual interest, sprucing up an office or after hours look. An attractive v-neckline combines with artful knotting, ensuring that fabrics won't cling onto the problem areas of your shape. Donna Ricco Twist Front Jersey Sheath DressAvailable at: Nordstrom, $118
The Ruching Waistline
Coldwater Creek
Side-swept draping and ruching is elegantly feminine and forgiving to your midsection. Dresses and tops have benefited from this little touch of magic practically since the beginning of fashion's time - what are you waiting for?Abstract Plaid DressAvailable at: Coldwater Creek, $119.95
The Sexy Shift
Ann Taylor
The sexy shift dress is a fun alternative for evening dressing, and is ideal for those who have a bit of a belly, but are blessed with great gams. Try this shorter (not too short!) hemline style, which should sway away from the body, creating a look full of movement. Longer sleeves provide balance for showing off your legs. Diamond Cross Border Shift DressAvailable at: Ann Taylor, $139
The Belted A-Line
The belted A-line silhouette is fabulously "fit-and-flare" - meaning it's fitted against your waistline, and flared away from your tummy and hips. This classic shape is never out of fashion and never short on variety. Meet your go-to style!Belted Boucle DressAvailable at: C Wonder, $168
The Maxi
Victoria's Secret
The maxi dress is spring's perfect silhouette - and especially useful on your most casual of days. The blouson bodice shown here defines the waistline with a layer that delicately falls over the tummy, and helps to lengthen the lower half of the body. Short-Sleeve Maxi DressAvailable at: Victoria's Secret, $118

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