Excerpt: 'Sam Saboura's Real Style'

Choose skirts with a slight A-line. The shape of this skirt prevents the fabric from clinging to the parts that you're trying to conceal.

Avoid shorts and skirts that stop at the fullest part of your thigh. They can make your legs look heavier by emphasizing their broadest point with a horizontal line.

No hips

Wear wide belts and choose wide waistbands on pants and skirts. Wide belts add visual width to slender hips, giving you volume where you need it.

Choose pants with pockets. These add size and fullness to the hips. Cargo pockets and elaborate pockets that sit higher on the leg and closer to the hip are best.

Wear slightly tapered pants. The slim lower leg plays up your hips and makes them appear wider.

Thick ankles

Wear longer, flared pants. This tip works like an A-line skirt for your ankles. You get coverage and no cling.

Wear sling-back shoes. They make the front of your foot look longer, minimizing the fullness of your ankle. The back strap rides low, so it will not call attention to your ankle's widest part.

Look for dark-colored boots that hug the ankle tightly with elastic panels. Any bunching around your ankles will add to their bulk. A tight, streamlined boot will make ankles look slimmer, just like a corset.

This book is not called "The Constitution of Style." Amendments are always allowed, and there are exceptions to every rule. If you can pull off a look that's on your don't list -- fantastic. This means you're learning to see what looks right on your body no matter what the experts say. And that, girls, is what real style is all about -- knowing what works best for you.

Excerpted with permission from "Sam Saboura's Real Style," by Sam Saboura. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House. Copyright © 2005 Sam Saboura.

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