The #1 Piece That's Universally Slimming

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.

In my experience, there are two things to keep in mind on your hunt for a flattering addition to your wardrobe: shape and material. With these factors under consideration, you can make any purchase the new most versatile new piece in your closet. But this rule rings especially true with one summer-perfect piece: a dress. Not sure where to start? Not to worry. Plenty of street style stars follow these dress commandments, so see below for examples.

Here are my two must-know tips for picking the most flattering dress for your wardrobe—plus several to shop, naturally.

Submit a style question for Erlanger in the box below, and check back next Sunday to see if she answers your query!

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