Sure, empire waist dresses, wraps, pouffy sleeve numbers and billowy tunics help hide flaws, but this fall is all about streamlined, femme-fatale dress styles with tapered waists and slim silhouettes. Illusory colorblocking and delicate belts help to create the illusion of a thinner waist and are glamorous ways to update your cool weather wardrobe.
Professional: You can look office appropriate and stylish in this Tibi Kensington Knit Pencil Dress ($350) featuring a slimming dark bottom accented by an elongating chevron waist.
Mod: Oh, behave… or not. This geometric Cynthia Steffe Sloan Shift ($265) in candy apple red with contrasting black trim and a popping white mock belt thins as much as it impresses. Wear it to work or to your next soiree for major impact.
Bargain: This asymmetrical print, cap-sleeve Lelya Dress by Antonio Melani is made of comfortable stretch material for an easy fit ($159).
Luxe: The fashion mavens were all about this dress in September's glossies. The high-charged fuschia and contrasting lime green are tied into this architecturally satisfying 100 percent silk sheath Rocket Dress by Roksanda Ilincic ($1895).
Sexy: Get your groove on in this devastatingly slinky rayon blend dress by BCBG Max Azria ($288). The deep scoop neck and ultra-cling shape is settled by the neutral taupe and black color combo.