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)
We’re a mere two days away from the official end of winter. But truthfully, it may be a while until things actually warm up enough to step out on the town in your new lace-up sandals. So I've decided to take this time to embrace that awkward stage between the worst of winter and the best of spring. Take a look at my list to find my six essentials for a foolproof transitional wardrobe.
This season, try a piece that’s tailor-made for the in-between season: the sleeveless trench. I suggest wearing it now over black pants or jeans, then later alone with chic lace-up sandals.
Culottes are staples when it comes to transitional dressing because they can be worn with multiple forms of footwear. Keep your calves toasty on those chilly mornings by teaming your culottes with ankle boots, and then lighten things up with pom-pom sandals come those glorious 35-degree days.
FRESH PAIR OF SUNGLASSES
Contrary to popular belief, sunglasses aren’t just a warm-weather accessory, they’re a year-round necessity. That’s because damaging UVA and UVB rays are always present, even on the coldest, cloudiest days. I recommend investing in a pair you look forward to wearing so that you’ll be sure to always have them on hand.
CROPPED LEATHER JACKET
Shearling-lined leather bombers may have populated every fashion trend page this past winter, but we’re staying strong to the tried-and-true moto version. A leather jacket that’s on the thinner side (bonus points if it’s slightly cropped) is great for the changing seasons because it can be worn under a robe or blanket coat.
PEEP-TOE ANKLE BOOTS
Popping up like daisies, peep-toe booties are an “it” shoe for spring. These babies offer the structure of a stacked heel bootie with the carefree feeling of a fresh pedicure. They also happen to be perfect if you’re not quite ready to part with your ankle boots.
Honestly, this is a year-round essential--there’s nothing as versatile yet chic as the cashmere cardi. Buy yours in a slightly oversized style so that it drapes nicely over whatever you choose to pair it with (hint: see culottes above).
With winter not quite behind us and spring ever-so-slowly creeping back into our lives, March is a month in limbo. Luckily, there are five fun new things to keep our spirits high until we can bust out those off-the-shoulder sundresses (weeee!).
DRY CONDITIONER DEBUTS
It’s safe to say you’ve heard of dry shampoo. In fact, you’re kind of the master. Now you’re ready for the next iteration: DryBar’s brand-spanking-new dry conditioner. It’s another great way to keep your blowouts looking fresh. Instead of soaking up oils from your roots like its cleansing counterpart, this one lightly hydrates and refreshes the rest of your hair without any heavy or oily residue. Spray it liberally from the middle to the ends to eliminate frizz and quench dry strands. Bonus: It also smells like heaven.
THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS BLOOM
While the cherry blossoms in Tokyo would be the ultimate spring destination, Washington, D.C. also has its fair share of beautiful blooms just waiting for you to admire. Stay at The George Hotel, convenient to Union Station and the local sites. While you’re there, hit up the Cherry Blossom Beer + Wine Festival before you stop for Mediterranean eats and an impressive wine list at Iron Gate.
MADEWELL + DARYL K COLLABORATION LAUNCHES
This limited-edition fashion pairing brings rock ‘n’ roll ’90s vibes firmly into present day. Think fringe, denim, high waists and all-around downtown cool. They’ve only just recently hit the Madewell site, so go ahead and score the pieces you’ll be living in for the rest of the season before they’re gone.
BULLET JOURNALING CHANGES TO-DO LISTS FOREVER
Just because you can type everything into your smartphone doesn’t mean you should. Enter: bullet journaling--a new organizational method for people who prefer a physical notebook to a smartphone app to keep track of their daily tasks. The system uses hand-drawn symbols to signify if a task has been completed or if it needs to be moved or changed. It’s also a way for all the purists out there (aka those who prefer a good ol' journal for spring cleaning tasks) to stay competitively organized in the digital era.
GROW LAMPS HAVE THEIR MOMENT
The long winter months can take just as big a toll on your plants as they can on your aforementioned tight muscles. As for the plants, snag a sleek grow lamp that brings light into your home and refreshes your beloved greenery with specialized LED lights. At the base of this new lamp-planter hybrid is a natural hydroponic soil substitute called rockwool. Just pop in a few succulents, herbs or ferns then add water and watch as your house comes to life.