Last Updated on 6th June 2008

I have a handful of voluminous trapeze dresses hanging in my closet (thanks to the big trend last year). Although they were cute and stylish at the time, not-to-mention incredibly comfortable, it’s safe to say that the preggers wannabe phase has safely passed, and now we’re seeing sleeker and more body-conscious silhouettes. Because of this, and the fact that I’m not quite ready to give up on my airy frocks quite yet, I’ve been investing in some waist-defining belts to cinch some shape into them.

Unique pieces like this leather Cummerbund Belt by Mayle (pictured above) help the cause just fabulously. The bow embellishment on the front, and the tie closure in the back add a flirty and very feminine touch, while helping to accent the waist. It’s the perfect accessory for a solid colour dress with simple lines. On sale for $72.50 on

For a more polished look, a skinny version like this Rick Rack belt, also by Mayle, would show off curves without detracting too much from other details of the dress. The thin, leather, woven belt is more refined and simple, so if paired with a dress with more elaborate design elements or patterns, it would help to create a more balanced and cleaner look. $175 available on

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