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9 Ways to Fake a Waist

When your midriff goes AWOL, here are ways to bring it back

Mary McCormack, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey wearing dresses

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Where'd it go? My waist was here just last year. It's no secret that after age 50 extra subcutaneous belly fat (the inch you can pinch) and visceral belly fat (the deeper kind, buried around organs) sneak up and body-nap our middle, causing it to expand. Blame menopause, metabolism slowdown, stress and insomnia but the battle of the bulge eventually arrives. "Eat less, move more," we tell ourselves, but what about today? Resist the temptation to hide out in shapeless clothes. Here's how fashion editors and stylists like me reboot silhouettes with nine shape-making tricks (even celebrities benefit!):