We can't help but crave the kind of curves Christina Hendricks is blessed with. Of course, if like us, that figure doesn't come naturally, there are also tricks and tips for creating happy illusions, like the womanly curves of an hourglass shape. To hint at the right proportions, look for dresses with fitted bodices and cinched waists to help create the right structure and form. You'll want the fit to hug your curves and reinforce that hourglass illusion from the bust to the hips — and steer clear of empire waists and sheath silhouettes that can lose your shape. Look to curvy icons like Scarlett Johansson and Christina Hendricks, both of whom are clad in Dolce and Gabbana at left, or take cues from Jennifer Lawrence, who works a belt to maximum effect, for inspiration. Ready to shop? Click through for our editor's best dress picks to create that curve-perfect shape.
How to Create an Hourglass Figure