From a slimming, paneled dress to a timeless trench, read on for the ten pieces we’ve deemed universally flattering.
1. Pointed Pumps
Nothing lengthens the leg like a classic heel, especially when they are a similar shade to your skin. Kate Bosworth demonstrated this technique with a pair ofJimmy Choo Agnes Suede Pumps ($575), which complimented her Alexander McQueen Leaf Crepe Flounce Dress ($1720) and Karen Walker Deep Freeze Sunglasses ($250) as she made her way to an appearance on The Today Show in New York City.
2. Silk Blouse
As a veteran Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio knows how to play down problem areas. Take note of the way the fabric on the champagne-hued silk blouse, which she wore to the Chloe fashion show in Los Angeles, drapes to camouflage any flaws or unfavorable angles.
3. Trench Coat
There’s a reason the trench coat never goes out of style: the built-in belt is ideal for enhancing an hourglass shape. At the Trilogy store launch in London, Laura Whitmore’s figure wasn’t lost thanks to her Warehouse trench, despite layering up for the weather.
4. Slim-Cut Trouser
Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the most flattering pant cut of all? The slim (not too tight, not too loose) trouser with a slightly cropped hem, of course. Take note of the fit of Ashley Madekwe’s Topshop Unique trousers (pictured here at brand’s S/S 14 show).
5. A-Line Skirt
Why does an A-line skirt look good on everyone? It’s all about the cut: it nips in at the smallest part of your waist and then conveniently flares out over the hips. See how Hannah Holman’s printed skirt cuts a flattering silhouette at the book launch of Chloe Attitudes in London.
6. Menswear Coat
Whether or not you’re bold enough to go for the electric blue Tibi Bonded Techy Twill Coat ($835) that Lucky Editor-in-Chief, Eva Chen, wore to the Ann Taylor S/S 14 preview, you can’t deny the appeal of a menswear-inspired coat. Trust us, a sharply tailored piece looks good on just about everyone.
7. Paneled Dress
For date night at Hakkasan restaurant in Beverly Hills, Rita Ora pulled out everyone’s favorite slimming secret weapon: the paneled dress. The dark sides of her Vionnet Pre Fall 13 dress blend into the background, creating the illusion of a thinner frame.
8. Motorcycle Jacket
The magic of a moto jacket is twofold: it fits close to the body, and the thick leather material has an overall smoothing effect. Check out the ultra-flattering Balmain Black Leather Quilted Jacket ($6425) that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore with AG Jeans' The Beau Cords ($178) in Sulfer Dark Charcoal to the airport.
9. Collared Button-Down
You can’t go wrong with a classic button-down shirt. Wear it tucked in if you want to highlight your waist, or if you’d rather draw attention away from your hips, leave it loose like Jessica Alba did with her Bella Dahl Patch Pocket Button Down Shirt ($96) In White.
10. Structured Blazer
A properly tailored blazer, like the one Karlie Kloss wore for an editorial shoot in New York City, is always a smart decision for defining your shoulders and waistline.
Tibi Embroidered Panel Dress ($595)
Vince Camuto Hallee Pump ($70)
Zara Printed Top ($70)
Madewell Tailored Blazer In Chambray ($85)
J.Crew Collection Café Silk-Jacquard Capri Pants ($200)
Equipment Brett Embroidered-Collar Silk Blouse ($250)
ASOS Classic Trench ($107) in Camel
Carven Collage Print A-Line Skirt ($488)
Elizabeth & James Culkin Biker Jacket ($495)
Topshop Wool Boyfriend Coat ($196)