Figure Face-off
Posted by on April 10, 2012 | 10:38 am EST

Women’s hunt for a shapelier figure started with bandage dresses, which then progressed to skin-baring cutouts. These days however, this has blossomed into a lineup of optical illusion-inspired dresses for high-octane accentuation. Bound to shoot up the ranks of spring’s most desirable trends, this optical trick affords women a more conservative means to tame down their abundance of curves or highlight their lack of it. With high-profile personas such as Kate Moss, Gloria Estefan and Kate Winslet embracing this style trend, we’re rounding up three dresses we simply cannot shun.

Victoria Beckham | Fall 2012

Emerging from Victoria Beckham’s Fall 2012 collection, this bottle green-and-black combination departs from the usual curvy paneling and instead opted for sharper lines to accentuate a woman’s body.

Monique Lhuillier | Spring 2012

Monique Lhuillier’s gift for dressing a woman hits another homerun with this chic tube dress. Basking in the simplicity of black and white, Lhuillier fashioned a dress that speaks loudly of femininity sans the frills.

Stella McCartney | Evening 2012

Stella McCartney has created some of the most covetable illusion dresses we’ve seen so far and this navy blue evening gown is no exception. The nude fabric looks like second skin when set against the navy blue and black fabric, creating a superbly svelte silhouette without actually revealing anything other than your arms.

Images from Victoria Beckham, Monique Lhuillier and Stella McCartney

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