Celebrities have many things we want: the latest in designer bags, large Instagram followings, closets full of the hottest runway trends, and, of course, personal stylists to help guide their looks. Seriously, what could be better than having an expert provide us with an array of wardrobe options every time we have an event to attend? Or better yet, to help us carefully curate our closets with the most flattering pieces for our body types? We may not have these pros by our sides 24/7 like the KenGis of the world, but over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to discuss styling tips with some of the best in the business. From Kate Young (known for dressing Selena Gomez and Sienna Miller) to Cher Coulter (who works with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), these experts have kindly shared their wisdom on the subjects of tailoring, drawing our waists in, elongating our legs, and so much more.
Read ahead for some of the life-changing tips these star stylists have granted us, and shop the essentials they recommend.
“[We] always try to look beyond trends because they tend to get repetitive. Comfort is [another] secret to styling. Top tips include shoe inserts, hair spray on the sole of new shoes to stop skipping, using top-stick tape if needed, and lining items in the correct fabric so the piece will still feel light. With lining, always go for something as light as (or lighter than) the actual garment fabric, unless you are fur-lining a winter coat, of course! But you never want to weigh down a delicate fabric, and if the fabric is detailed, make sure you go for a good nude—ideally similar to the color of your skin.”
“If the silhouette fits you well but the length is off, take it to the tailor and make it your own! A pair of men’s trousers can be cropped and rolled, and a long dress can become a cocktail frock. You can also nip in a waist, pull in a shoulder width, or mend small rips and holes. A tailor can work miracles.”
“If you have an hourglass figure, a fit-and-flare shape will look great. If you have amazing shoulders, a halter style is a good choice. If you have legs up to there, short is the way to go. If you’re slender and boyish, a sheath will look classic and chic. Whatever you decide on, make sure the fit is precise.”
“Any top that draws in at the waist and has a slightly longer length naturally creates a subtle hourglass, a look that will never go out of style.”
“Flared jeans are one of the best investments to make in your wardrobe because they are easily the most flattering cut. Especially with the right heels or wedges, they can make you look long, tall, and slim. Flared jeans are also a versatile style that pair well with a variety of rises. If you’re curvier, consider a high- or mid-rise pair. If you have a more narrow figure—or if you have a six-pack and want to show it off—you can do low rise. Flares give your silhouette shape and balance, which is the key to making any outfit work.”
“I say this as a girl who wears black almost daily, but it really helps to avoid dark colors when it’s blazing hot outside. Think like the navy and invest in some ‘summer whites.’ A nice white fit-and-flare dress with colorful ballet flats or sandals is cute for work or a weekend afternoon. Prints are also great at hiding sweat marks.”
“We are seeing a lot of deep-V necklines lately, which is a great trend, but for many, having to go braless can be unflattering. For this, we suggest using what we like to call suspenders. This requires taking a piece of black electrical tape purchased at your local drug store and, starting at the waist below each breast, applying it vertically. Then when you get to the breast, lift it up with the opposite hand and, while that breast is lifted, apply the tape along the breast extending around the shoulder. Apply tape until you feel secure.”
“Cropped jeans are a great way to do it; they add a little length. I think flats, even nude flats, make sure that the further down it goes, the longer your legs are going to look. Pointy flats are great, as opposed to round flats. Pointy flats make your legs look longer, while round flats cut your legs more. If you do an ankle strap, obviously that does cut your leg off a little, so go for nude. It really is about dropping the top of the shoe down.”
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