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1. Slip on leather
Whether it’s a buttery-soft shift dress, tailored shorts or a classic biker jacket, adding a little leather to your ensemble is a short cut to seductive style. Be sure to pair it with sky-high stilettos.
2. Wear red
It’s a well-known fact that women who dress in red are seen as sexier than those who dress in any other colour. Go head-to-toe a la Michelle Williams’ va-va-va-voom Valentino look at the SAG awards or try just a hit of crimson in the form of lipstick, stilettos or a hot house clutch.
3. Reveal a little lingerie
Call attention to an alluring neckline with a lacy black push-up bra peaking ever so slightly out of a low-cut dress. The hint of frills is flirty and feminine while the sexy lift will play up your décolletage.
4. Try strategically placed bijoux
Have a standout brooch. Follow the lead of the red carpet set and pin it at the base of a deep-V neckline. Not only will it accentuate your cleavage, it’s an easy and unexpected way to add sparkle to a little black dress.
5. Do clever cutouts
The stomach is spring fashion’s new erogenous zone. From Bill Blass to Prada to Preen, a diverse group of designers banded together in support of the exposed midriff. The key is to keep the belly button under wraps, exposing just a tasteful sliver of skin below the bandeau or a flash along the sides. If your abs are less than fab, try sophisticated slashes along your shoulders and legs.
6. Skip the slip
A gauzy midi-skirt or ground-grazing gown that are sheer enough to show off your legs is a perfect combination of sugar and spice. Take a cue from Diane Kruger who turned heads recently at the Sidaction Gala dinner in a see-through lacey Erdem gown.
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More sexy fashion tips on the next page ... 7. Choose a curve-creating sheath
Vertical colour-blocking gives the illusion of a perfect hourglass, even if you indulge in a few extra Valentine’s Day treats. Look for a body-con sheath or bandage dress with black panels at the sides for a sexy slimming solution.
8. Rock a sheer top
This season, you'll want your bra to show through. Play peek-a-boo with your tailored separates by layering it under a flowy, translucent top like the ladylike-with-a-twist looks at Proenza Schouler's spring show. Try a cheerful (read: not overtly sexy) colour like neon lemon or cobalt blue or trick the eye with flesh-toned underpinnings. Just be sure to stick with a full-coverage style to avoid turning the suggestion into a full on peep show.
9. Wear touchable fabrics
Warning: you may have to steer clear of the touch-feely types. Choose a luxe plush like soft cashmere, crushed velvet or louche fur for a look that will be (almost) irresistible.
10. Flash your wrists
Sexiness isn't simply confined to the cleavage or legs — the wrists are surprisingly very seductive. Psychotherapists will tell you that their glands emit pheromones, which, on an unconscious level, cause people to become aroused by seeing this body part. So pile on the arm party with a gob-stopping array of bracelets, bangles and cuffs.
11. Stride out in patterned stockings
Sometimes what you put on is more enticing than what you take off. While the weather is still cool, add some sheer Swiss dot stockings to a LBD for instant ooh-la-la.
12. Slit your skirt
A maxi dress or fitted pencil skirt looks extra sultry with a high side slit. The leg-baring look is both daring and dramatic, not to mention a fabulous way to show off a killer pair of shoes.
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