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An athlete's guide to Fashion Week

Regular Vogue contributor Molly Creeden walks us through the looks most becoming to our biceps, triceps, glutes and more.

On the heels of the recent collections shown in New York, London, Milan and Paris, we’ve assembled the looks that most flatter the muscle groups we painstakingly tone and sculpt. While the models depicted may not illustrate the killer athletic bodies we strive to hone, the clothes they're wearing will complement them to a tee.

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  • Defined Abdomen - Jil Sander

    Defined Abdomen - Jil Sander

    Queen of the stripped down suit, Jil Sander’s take on working wear has a long history of shaking up looks for professional women. The latest iteration? A crop top done conservatively. It's rendered in a sturdy fabric, and paired with a knee-grazing skirt, high enough on the waist that the stomach peeks through. The slit in the top guarantees bending and motion, showing off a toned torso as your abs move.

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  • Sleek Thighs - Valentino

    Sleek Thighs - Valentino

    An ultra wearable brand, Valentino played with various lengths this season—often simultaneously. In this look, a short, patterned dress is offset by a long sweater coat. The result? Attention trained on the legs—an outfit perfect for well-defined thigh muscles.

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  • Muscled Shoulders - Missoni

    Muscled Shoulders - Missoni

    The Missoni collection rested heavily on the shoulders (quite literally), with lines and patterns that drew the eyes upwards, not least of which was this silk crepe one-shouldered dress. Whether covered, exposed—or both, as is the case here—shoulders stand out in an asymmetrically-draped piece. The one bearing the fabric garners equal attention as the one left bare.

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  • Sculpted Calves - Celine

    Sculpted Calves - Celine

    Virtually all the looks in Phoebe Philo’s much-lauded Spring show featured the mid-length skirt or midi dress—the length of the season, seen on sidewalks and runways alike. With a hem hitting at or below the knee, all eyes are on the calves. 

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  • Rounded Glutes - Balenciaga

    Rounded Glutes - Balenciaga

    Though Alexander Wang’s sophomore season at the French house was characterized by the precision and authority for which the brand is known, a few looks, like leggy shorts, gave a nod to Wang’s eponymous New York label. These knew none of the slouch and irreverence of a downtown Wang girl’s wardrobe, however. The high waisted shorts shown in Paris were stiff, made from leather bound twine, and perked up in the back—giving a sculpted backside a platform of its own.
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  • Defined Collarbone - Marchesa

    Defined Collarbone - Marchesa

    Of course, there are looks on the runways with necklines that plunge and plunge for days, but a subtler, softer piece that just grazes the breastplate can accentuate the area, too. This transparent silk blouse, accented with ribbons that wrap around the body, does just that—a less severe way of calling attention to the chest.

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  • Angular Obliques - Rag & Bone

    Angular Obliques - Rag & Bone

    With a band that hits directly at the hip, firm oblique muscles curve perfectly into Rag & Bone’s fitted overalls.  To really highlight the area, pair them with a cropped shirt.

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  • Triceps - Victoria Beckham

    Triceps - Victoria Beckham

    Go sleeveless all you want—Spring 2014 collections offered ample examples of ways to do so—but Victoria Beckham’s lineup, which sent models down the runway in multi-layered looks that recalled a 90’s aesthetic, offered a different way to look at the arm muscles. After all, a woman knows she can count on Beckham for a body-con sensibility. In this layered, baby doll-esque dress, the three-quarter sleeves hold tight to the upper arms, outlining the tricep muscles from all angles.

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  • Traps - Tom Ford

    Traps - Tom Ford

    From the back, this long-sleeved mini dress with mirrored stones traces the perfect outline for trap muscles, with a sheer material widening and narrowing with the natural contours of the back.

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  • Biceps - Oscar de la Renta

    Biceps - Oscar de la Renta

    Oscar’s never been one to shy away from a bare arm or shoulder—his voluminous ball gowns are typically strapless, his feminine, off-the-shoulder party dresses never fail to charm. In this sleeveless look, the blue herringbone pattern draws attention to the upper regions of the arms—glance to either side and your eyes train on a toned bicep.

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