The Parisian Secret to a Slim Silhouette Is a Cinched Waist

Seriously, the designers at PFW were all about an accentuated midsection

Rochas proves that even a polo deserves a ladylike update.
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A tulle Rochas belt pairs well with, well, more tulle.
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Lemaire perfects the art of the cinch.
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Off-white's waist bag is an easy way to draw (flattering) attention to your midsection.
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Look closely for a delicate belt on this Off-white coat.
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At Loewe, Jonathan Anderson created a new waist accentuating device.
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The belt apparatus came in a slew of colors.
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A peek-a-boo style at Balmain featured an obi-style tie.
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Balmain also offered up waist cinching at its most luxurious form.
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Even more luxe cinching at Balmain.
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A kimono-inspired top come with a tie, at Chalayan.
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A waist bag also offers flattery, at Chalayan.
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A modern day double breasted coat was smartly cinched at Dries van Noten.
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Floral prints clash with waist cinching at Dries.
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Carven makes the case for a sparkling belt with a pastel skirt.
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Even a white flowing lace top got the cinch at Carven.
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Chloé's loosely wrapped belt, with a D-ring closure, also does the trick.
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High waisted pants are ever flattering, as seen at Chloé.
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Corsetry was fun at Isabel Marant.
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Floral waist accessories, at Marant.
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Despite the recent onslaught of oversized silhouettes and flowing sleeves this season, French designers are circling back to the flattering trick of a clearly defined waistline. You can definitely call this a trend, as nearly half a dozen Paris Fashion Week collections were accessorized with waist cinching belts, in the form of fabric obis (at Chalayan), laced up corsets (at Isabel Marant) and, of course, in opulent weaves of leather and snakeskin (at Balmain). It really seemed as if every designer on the PFW schedule received a memo that read: “please offer women flattering, waist accentuating options.”

Some of the creatives, including Dries Van Noten, didn’t bother adding additional accessories to draw attention the smallest part of a woman’s body. Rather, he factored the flattering detail directly into the design of the clothing, strategically pleating fabric right under the ribs on a white double-breasted jacket and a floral splashed duster coat. Same with Clare Waight Keller at Chloé, who allowed wide legged, high-waisted pants to do the flattering, as the wasitbands circled in on teeny waistlines.

We all know that drawing attention to the smallest point of our bodies, which is the waist, leads to a slimmer silhouette and a more striking figure. But if you’re unsure of how to add this look into your own repertoire (or you’re wary of just fastening a belt on top of any old dress), the French designers have offered up plenty of inspiration. Perhaps a fanny pack, also known as a waist bag, is the best option for you, or maybe it’s a fabulous dress with an empire waist will do the trick. Regardless, this is an epically flattering trend that can be universally adapted, so start culling inspiration now…

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