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    Tights are the 'frenemies' of the world of intimate apparel. Especially with all the runs they get. That's why we've got 5 ways of saving you and your tights when you're on the run.

    Sure, tights can make us look great, sleek, pulled-together -- But they all get runs in them. It might happen as soon as you pull them on, or it could take months, but eventually every pair of tights gets a creeping ladder. Most of the time when we notice them, it's too late to do anything about it. 

    That's where we come in! Because there are things you can do, even in a pinch, to stop those runners right in their tracks. They might not all be permanent solutions, but they are all guaranteed to keep you from worrying about the damage spreading. Read on for 5 of the best ways to stops runners without having to head for the hills! 

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    You've probably noticed them popping up everywhere: bright, colorful, "skinny belts." They're the kind of thing that I love on other people, but am not quite sure how to approach myself, not really being a belt person in general. So I asked my style expert and author friend Bridgette Raes to give me some tips on how to work those fun, fab pieces into our wardrobes even if they don't quite seem like "us."

    Here are 4 tips on how to wear the bright belt trend and some colorful options out there for inspiration! Pair them with bright lipstick and you've got yourself a whole fresh new look!


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    You'll never guess who's not so happy with the assets that made her famous. Kate Upton wishes she had smaller boobs! The Sun claims she told them, "I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life as I would love to wear spaghetti tops braless or go for the smallest bikini designs." NO! Yes! As a member of the smaller boob clan, I am flabbergasted. All this time I've been seeing photos of Kate and wondering what it must be like to own a set of naturals like that. (Okay, fine, now Kate is saying she never said she wanted smaller boobs.)

    But here's the brilliant thing fictional Upton added: "If I could just take them off like they were clip-ons ..." OMG, that's perfect. If we could really have that kind of versatility, how amazing, right? Well, we do have boob size options, sort of. Here are the best ways to change your breast size without doing anything radical, like getting plastic surgery or (gulp) getting pregnant. I guess they'll have to do ... for now.

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    While an illusion dress won't give the illusion that you've dropped 10 pounds (a girl can wish), it will give the appearance of a more contoured shape. It highlights your figure through color blocking and lines, essentially making this the most flattering dress style this season. I'll even go so far as to say the illusion dress eliminates the need for shapewear because the design does the shaping for you (without restricting your breathing).

    Over at The Prowl, we rounded up our favorite illusion dresses for spring that are as bright and colorful as spring dresses should be. Check out this preview of illusion dresses for spring style inspiration!

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    Here's some shocking news ... swimsuit shopping can actually be lots of fun. You just need to know which styles of swimsuits to look out for. Some styles are universally flattering (can you say ruching?), while others highlight your best assets. It's all about finding what looks best on you!

    At The Prowl, we rounded up swimsuits that are designed to flatter your figure without forcing you to cover up. Take a look at this preview of slimming swimwear and get ready for lounging poolside this summer.

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    Happiest of birthdays to the bra! The undergarment that holds our "girls" in place, keeps our clothing looking sleek, and is probably indirectly responsible for the birth of at least a few million babies throughout modern history, turns 100 today. To be fair, the very first bra-like contraption, which looked and felt more like a torture device, dates way back to the 14th century, but women are breathing easier these days thanks to New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob, who patented the design for a more comfortable backless bra on this date in 1914.

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    Since its inception, the brassiere has been reinvented and reimagined so many times it barely resembles Jacob's original concept, which basically consisted of two handkerchiefs tied in the back with a ribbon.

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    Here's a look back at 14 of the most memorable moments in the history of the bra.

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    Plenty of women absolutely swear by them, but would you believe there's a new report going around saying Spanx are hazardous to your health? Yep. Spanx. The shapewear that smooths, sucks, and makes us appear thinner than we actually are.

    According to medical professionals, Spanx literally squeeze your organs when you wear them, which can lead to things like acid reflux, heartburn, and can interfere with digestion. Oh, and supposedly shapewear can restrict your breathing too. You know, kind of like back in the olden days when women wore corsets. (Same concept.)

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    If you're beautiful enough to not only be chosen as a Victoria's Secret model, but as one of their exclusive "angels," chances are pretty good that you possess what is considered a universally accepted type of beauty. A silly statement, I admit, since we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I'd still place money on the fact that most people would at least consider Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio "cute," if not downright stunning. 

    But just because she's snagged a high place on a few hundred "most beautiful" polls in major men's and women's magazines over the years doesn't mean the mom of two feels totally secure with her looks. And it certainly doesn't mean she hasn't had plastic surgery to improve her appearance. The difference here -- and what makes this woman so refreshing -- is that she is at least admitting it. 

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    As hard as we work to look amazing in our clothes, sometimes it’s easier for our clothes to do the work for us. The miracle-working illusion dress does just that. Illusion dresses are at the top of our favorite trends list because they’re designed to flatter your figure. As a result, they work for just about every body type. The key to these super-slimming dresses is colorblocking, which gives the appearance of an hourglass shape. It’s the perfect, go-to outfit for when you want to look your fittest and show off your figure. Over at The Prowl, we’ve rounded up the sexiest illusion dresses that will have you looking your best.

    Check out this preview of our favorite illusion dresses, then go to The Prowl to see the rest!

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    We already know that feeling your best in clothes depends on the fit; however, there are certain styles that can do even more for your figure. Fashion that color blocks, cinches, lifts, and shapes takes well-fitting clothes to the next level. Over on The Prowl, we’ve rounded up clothes and heels that work to highlight the parts of your figure that you want to show off while flattering the rest. No woman actually likes having to layer shapewear under her favorite dress, so finding the right style dress can eliminate the need altogether!

    Below is a preview of our stylish lineup of figure-flattering clothes. Then you can head over to The Prowl to see the rest!

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