Waist Management

Waist Management
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 13, 2008

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Three cheers for “Heroes” cast member Dania Ramirez’s belted ensemble. The Dominican beauty looked purrfectly pink in a deep v-neck dress paired with a skinny mini buckled belt.

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Supermodel Chanel Iman knows how to strike a pose. The Georgia-born beauty was the belle of the ball wearing a long shirt dress that perfectly accentuated her tiny waist at the Fashion Group International’s 25th Annual Night of Stars.

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Wifey to “Lost Without You” singer Robin Thicke, Paula Patton was all smiles at the New York Rainbow Room. The actress looked red carpet-ready at her hubbies “Something Else” album release party.

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“NYPD Blue” alum Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon has the right to remain stylish. We think she can do no wrong. Take a cue from her and update your favorite skirt with a sassy belt.

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A true “Diva Deluxe,” singer Kelly Rowland did not go wrong belting it out. Rowland’s scoop strapless dress paired with a teal double hook belt hit all the right notes.

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Bronx beauty Joy Bryant knows how to shut it down on the red carpet. The model-turned-actress is always one step ahead on fashion trends. Bryant proves a hot belt can instantly provide an hourglass shape.

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We think the original “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” should have starred in the 2005 movie and we are waiting for the Will and Jada sequel. Mrs. Smith looks gorgeous in this ruffled off-the-shoulder blouse with an artsy clasp belt and pencil skirt.

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Singer Ciara brings it where ever she goes, and she brought glam to the MTV VMAs in September. Ciara looked rock star-fresh in a sliver metallic minidress and black leather belt.

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Vanessa Williams, the beautiful “Ugly Betty” star, knows that mixing prints can alter the monotony of a bold fabric. Williams revs up this classic leopard print dress with a thin yellow and black striped waist belt at the September preview party for “Ugly Betty” in New York.

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Actress Raven-Symoné plays up her womanly curves in this satiny black number. A cinched waist, whether it be belted or corseted, is the perfect way to add definition to your waistline and accentuate your curves.

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Classic khaki isn’t tacky, but it sure is boring. We suggest adding some fun and sophistication to your workplace ensemble with a timeless belt or a colorful pendant. Actress Rosario Dawson looks uptown-chic in a sleeveless dress worn at an Evening of Fashion & Photography. And her cute pumps seal the deal.

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Grammy-nominated British singer Estelle looked stellar in a gray halter dress and waist-accentuating belt at the Mercury Music Awards.

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Take your look from day to night. A belted waist can make any oversized tee look elegant. Jennifer Hudson adds definition and shape to this playful top, sported at “The Secret Life of Bees” press conference in Toronto.

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Belts were all the rage at the New York premiere of “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys.” Nailing the 1950’s-inspired pinup girl look, leading lady Sanaa Lathan, right, is adorable in a purple belt and costar Alfre Woodard, center, works her belted white dress as well. We don’t know why Taraji P. Henson, left, didn’t get the belt memo, but we like her style just the same.


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