One minute you’re brunching in your awesome tunic dress and loving life (and the fact that you don’t have to button any pants). The next, you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed and realize that, whoooops, you look like you ate 14 brunches and maybe carried an octuplet or two. Here, ten flattering pieces that lengthen, slim and always photograph well.
A SNUG SWEATER
Save your oversized knits for another day (or perhaps every other day because they’re so dang comfortable). On photo day, opt for a form-fitting style in a lighter fabric to avoid adding any bulk to your frame. A simple sweater also helps to tone down flashier bottoms or accessories.
Get the look: Need Supply Co. (€42); Everlane (€75); Alice + Olivia (€166)
Much more forgiving than skinny jeans, a wide-legged pant skims your hips and creates the illusion of longer, leaner legs. Wear them with the aforementioned fitted sweater to keep proportions in check and the overall look streamlined.
Get the look: Madewell (€160); Tibi (€310); Rag & Bone (€350)
A MIDI SKIRT
As far as fashion trends go, the midi skirt is the great equalizer in that it works on anyone--and is appropriate for any occasion. Bust out your trusty fit-and-flare one or try this season’s popular wrap style for an extra-slimming effect (see next).
Get the look: Forever 21 (€25); Anthropologie (€113); Rachel Pally (€183)
STRAPPY NUDE HEELS
The most popular shoe on the red carpet for good reason, a nude two-strap heel lengthens your legs, straightens your posture and doesn’t clash with anything else you’re wearing.
Get the look: Steve Madden (€71); Sam Edelman (€89); Stuart Weitzman (€353)
A COLLARED SHIRT
This classic layering piece does for your neckline what the nude heel does for your legs: elongates. Just make sure to undo a button or two up top to keep it from looking stuffy.
Get the look: J.Crew (€87); Cheap Monday (€89); Equipment (€193)
Standout earrings frame your face and pick up light, which helps to brighten your overall look and complexion.
Get the look: Rebecca Minkoff (€34); Dannijo (€129); Lizzie Fortunato (€155)
OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOPS AND DRESSES
This trendy style is also supremely flattering because it shows off your shoulders and collarbones while keeping your upper arms (aka the widest part of your arm) covered. If you have a larger bust, look for something that's more fitted than loose (which can make things appear bigger) and opt for darker colors like black or navy.
Get the look: Urban Outfitters (€61); ASOS (€91); Club (€150)
JEANS WITH A TUCK
So what do you do with all of your oversized knits and blouses? Tuck them into a pair of high-rise jeans to show off your waist and give them some shape.
Get the look: Gap (€62); Rag & Bone (€165); Citizens of Humanity (€175)
A FITTED BLAZER
There’s nothing like a good structured shoulder to make the rest of your frame look lithe. Go for a sharp suiting look or tame a maxi dress with a sleek blazer that hides a multitude of sins (like those aforementioned brunch food babies).
Get the look: H&M (€31); J.Crew (€149); Club Monaco (€203)
AN UNBUTTONED COAT
Like the fitted blazer, a loosely draped overcoat gives your outfit a little frame. Just make sure you’re not drowning in fabric beneath it. Keep the rest minimal and close-cut (think: skinny jeans and pencil skirts).
Get the look: ASOS (€99); Zara (€150); Topshop (€150)