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New Body, New Style

There's a right way to dress for any body change, whether it's newly toned shoulders or a muffin top. Let the pros show you how.

By Leslie Goldman

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Karen Pearson
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Tennis has bulked up my thighs. Can I still wear skinny jeans?

Just like you don't have to be chunky to rock a chunky knit sweater, you needn't be skinny to wear skinny jeans. The key is crafting a balanced look to avoid an unfortunate bowling pin effect (narrow on top, oversized at the bottom.) Start with a tunic that fits close to the body and hits past the widest part of your thighs. You could also go with a top like a button-down oxford, says LA-based celeb stylist Nicole Chavez (she dresses Catherine Zeta-Jones and Scarlett Johansson). Next, pay attention to shoes, which can make or break this look. Tuck skinny jeans into a chunkier boot to counterbalance hips (a ballet flat will just draw attention to the tapered ankle, making thighs and hips seem even wider in comparison) or choose a high heel or wedge: "The higher the heel, the longer your leg looks, the thinner your thighs look," Chavez says. Her fall go-to look: A fabulous trench coat topping a simple white tee, skinny jeans, and chocolate or black riding boots.

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