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Cheap & Chic: The Real Skinny

Check out these tips on how to wear slim-legged pants and denim leggings

Sizes 8–10

If you’re lean and toned, go for a slimming look from head to toe by topping off your skinny jeans with clingy knitwear. And try this look with flats—they’re all the rage this season. Nine West sweater, $79, Macy’s stores. Newport News leggings, $35, newport-news.com. Girlprops.com hoops, $5, girlprops.com. Yochi Design rope chain, $35, maxandchloe.com. Kenneth Cole Reaction leather flats, $79, 877-REACTION.

Size 16

Choose skinny pants with stretch. They’re comfortable and more accommodating to curves. Try roomy blouses and sweaters that fall past the hips on top. Jones New York Sport wool sweater, $89, Macy’s stores nationwide. Avenue silk top, $44, avenue.com. Metro 7 cotton-stretch cigarette pants, $30, walmart.com. R.J. Graziano earrings, $65, R.J. Graziano, New York, 212-685-1248. Baby Phat mary janes, $90, Baby Phat, New York, 212-533-PHAT.

Sizes 12–14

Oversize tops are great if you’re into camouflaging your tummy and hips. Don’t forget the high heels. They add a slenderizing effect. Avenue cotton tunic, $35, avenue.com. Metro 7 jeans, $30, walmart.com. Isaac Manevitz for Ben-Amun bangles, $110 each, by special order, 212-944-6480. Stuart Weitzman pumps, $285, select Macy’s West stores.