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What lies beneath matters. We take three figure-hugging looks and reveal how to feel 10 times more confident in them

The outfit: pencil skirt

A hip-skimming wiggle skirt nods to old-school glamour (think Marilyn Monroe) and is always a chic choice for parties. Outfit-wise team with a cashmere jumper and metallic shoes before adding red lipstick for the final flourish.

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The shapewear: big knickers

Hang up any hang-ups you might have about wearing a pencil skirt and invest in a pair of magic knickers. These hip-whittling, tummy-smoothing wonder pants have come a long way since Bridget Jones’ unbecoming beige pair circa 2001, and the latest styles now elegantly fuse glamour and comfort. Opt for a pair with feminine lace panelling for a bombshell-worthy look.

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Luxe it up with cashmere
Try a form-fitting pencil skirt
A bra for every occasion
Nipped-in knickers

The outfit: bodycon dress

If your invite calls for smart attire, a chic little black dress is your safest bet. Just add undone waves and high heels for instant polish.

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The shapewear: firm-control slip

Create the illusion of hourglass curves under your bodycon dress with a waist-cinching slip, giving clean lines under fitted clothes without restricting movement (hello, dancefloor). Forget any notions of old-fashioned corsetry or fiddly hook-eye fastenings with a pull-on style.

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Back to black
Hold court
Take the plunge
Top-tipped slips

The outfit: tailored trousers

Not everyone is a dress or skirt person - some of us prefer the ‘nice top and trousers’ combo every time. Contrast the textures on top and bottom to keep things interesting, and always team with fabulous shoes.

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The shapewear: waist cincher

High-waisted trousers may look effortlessly chic, but they can also feel a tad restrictive. Conjure up a nipped-in effect in seconds with a waist cincher, which sculpts an hourglass silhouette while being so comfortable you’ll almost forget you’re wearing it.

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Camisoles to covet
Your one-stop black trouser shop
T-shirt bras forever
Turn the hourglass

Editor: Dulcie Emerson / Photographer: David Gubert / Stylist: Chloe Forde / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke
Make-up artist: Emma Kotch / Manicurist: Charley Avenell / Model: Iza at Milk

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