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Hide Those Holiday Pounds!

If you are like me, you sampled all the delicious holiday treats wherever you went last month. Just one bite added up to just a few more bites and then a few pounds. What is the best thing to wear to hide those newfound inches while you work them off at the gym (alongside everyone else in the Metroplex)?

First of all, a compression garment is your new best friend. In addition to Spanx, there is a new product that I love from T.C. It is a waist cincher that is truly a miracle. It is long enough that it stays put underneath your waistband and fits snug so it doesn’t roll. Goodbye muffin top! It is available at Dillard’s and Nordstrom.

What to wear over your new waist cincher? Your second new best friend: the modified trapeze/chemise dress. The key to looking slim (and not pregnant) is all in the cut of the dress. Opt for a somewhat fitted bodice that eases into fullness from the waist or a softly pleated bodice that falls straight from the shoulder. Trina Turk offers some great printed dresses and tunics with interesting neckline details that will enhance your features (think v-neck or ballet neckline paired with a ¾ sleeve). This is especially flattering if your arms are bit larger than they used to be or you are large busted. You can find Trina Turk in Dallas at Tootsies.

An empire waist dress will also help you camoflauge holiday pounds, by giving emphasis to your bust and neckline. Michael Stars makes it easy to achieve this look. Check out the empire dress in his signature shine fabric at Elements in Dallas or online www.michaelstars.com.

Add a pair of Spanx tights, boots or flats and you are instantly looking glamorous and five pounds slimmer.

Don’t forget to layer in some jewels. Again, you want to take attention from your midsection and bring the eye to your beautiful face. Amanda Sterett earrings and necklaces are one of the best looks out there. Delicate, classic, yet modern. Find her original designs at Stanley Korshak in Dallas.

Is there a replacement for your too tight Juicy sweats? YES! Twisted Heart sweats, available H.D. Clothing in Dallas or Sussie’s in Frisco, feature an easier fit than Juicy with a higher rise, yet still remain sexy and comfy. The collection features mix-and-match hoodies, tanks and pants (we love the Kate/Goldie combo).

And, if all else fails, hide behind a pair of “celebrity shades” from Tom Ford (at Melanie Gayle in Dallas). (They also double as a chic headband.)

Nancy Klompus, owner of Buy Request, a personal shopping service, is the secret weapon to many well-dressed Dallas women. Got a burning fashion question? Shoot it: editorial@dallaschild.com.