Diane Kruger impressed in a silver formfitting Azzedine Alaia gown at last night's screening of Farewell, My Queen in NYC. While we're consistently awed by her effortless glamour, it's her dress's impeccably sleek tailoring and body-hugging silhouette that takes the cake. Sure, Diane maintains a diminutive figure pretty much always, but we can't help but notice that the soft textured material of the gown accentuates every curve — a sexy way to show off all those gym sessions. Like any perfect look, we're inspired to rethink how we dress, style, and flatter an athletic build. Before you shop our handpicked pieces to flatter your form, read our no-fail styling tips now.
- Know your shape. From an enviably defined back to toned calves, an athletic, toned body type appeals to many silhouettes; your styling strength stems from knowing how to highlight your best features. Example: have muscular quads? Steer clear of skirt hems that stop midway on the thigh — elongate your leg by letting the skirt hover at the knee.
- Opt for an open neckline. For most athletic builds, a scoopneck or V-neck shape, as well as contoured straps and spaghetti straps, flatter the upper body best. Why? A lower neckline offsets stronger features and can visually elongate the torso.
- If you've got it, flaunt it. You've been blessed (and worked very hard) for your lean frame, so show it off. Make sure that the tailoring is just right — but not too tight — so that a well-defined form can reap the benefits.
- Master the art of illusion. If you want to create the look of curves, opt for a waist-cinching silhouette. It will instantly provide a more feminine shape.
- Tap into your feminine side. To draw attention away from hard lines, gravitate toward soft materials (silk, jersey, washed cotton), subtle intricate patterns, and pretty colors. Don't overwhelm your outfit with bold graphic prints and harsher palettes.