Fashion Tricks Everyone Should Master
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Style Wise1 of 11
by Mariel Goodson
Celebrity styling doesn't have to come with the celebrity price tag. From perfecting the art of mixing prints to layering jewelry and tying a scarf like a pro, we've got ten insider tricks for taking your look to the top of the best-dressed list—even if you're the only one keeping track.
Total Jean-ious2 of 11
The key to wearing denim on denim: pairing different denim washes with different textures, like a soft chambray shirt with structured trousers, suggests L.A.-based celebrity stylist Jessica de Ruiter. "While I love a great pair of boyfriend jeans, when you're wearing denim from top to bottom, it looks best to go for a more sophisticated silhouette," like a pencil skirt or wide-leg slacks, she says.
Boys Club3 of 11
To pull off the menswear trend without looking like you're in drag, "Remember to accentuate your feminine curves, whether it's your waist, wrists or ankles," says de Ruiter. "If you're going to wear a man-tailored shirt, don't let it envelope you," she warns. "Tuck it in and belt it or roll up the sleeves of a starchy blazer to show off delicate wrists embellished with bracelets."
The Beltway4 of 11
A belted dress looks polished and flatters your figure. To elongate short legs, aim for the empire area right beneath your bustline, advises Alexandra Suzanne Greenawalt, author of Secrets of a Fashion Stylist. To balance a wider upper body, sling a sash around your hips. And if your middle is little, play it up by placing a belt at your natural waist.
Tie One On5 of 11
"A scarf always adds interest to an outfit—even a distressed tee and jeans," says Elle Strauss, style director for Shopbop.com. Her trick to perfecting the look? Reach for a long rectangular scarf and wrap it loosely around your neck twice; then knot it underneath and allow the ends to hang loose. "Scarves can sometimes feel a bit too preppy, but this is fresher and more free-spirited," says Strauss.
Mix Master6 of 11
Afraid mixing prints will leave you looking like you got dressed in the dark? Try coupling patterns in a similar color palette. "I also like blending busier prints with something more uniform, like stripes or polka dots," says de Ruiter. Lastly, when your patterns walk on the wild side, keep silhouettes classic so they don't compete.
Take the Plunge7 of 11
Wearing a blousy top with a dangerously low neckline? To avoid a wardrobe malfunction, secure it with double-sided tape. To make sure it stays put, start with freshly washed skin—no oils or lotion—and "apply the tape to the garment first, then adhere the garment to your skin," suggests Greenawalt.
Color Correction8 of 11
When you're sporting the same tone from head to toe, select separates with clean lines and opt for colors that are complementary, rather than exact matches. "If I'm wearing all pink, I might also water down the look visually with a camel colored cardigan draped over my shoulders," says Strauss.
In a Pinch9 of 11
To banish blisters and make too-tight shoes more comfy, slip on a pair of oversize athletic socks, suggests Greenawalt. (Wear them around the house to break them in before going public—sans socks, of course.) If the shoes are still too snug, take them off and use the heat from your hairdryer to soften up spots that are prone to pinching.
Hat Trick10 of 11
Let your face shape be your guide when looking for a hat to cap off an outfit. According to the experts at Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, long faces look best in styles that sit low on the forehead, like a newsboy or wide-brim floppy. Add angles to a round face with a high crown and slanted brim, found on cowboy hats and fedoras. Soften a square jaw with a big brim and a rounded crown (try a cloche or bowler).
Happy Tiers11 of 11
Whoever said less is more wasn't talking about jewelry. A chic combination of layered necklaces adds instant personal style to any outfit. The secret to making it work? "Pay attention to length," says de Ruiter. "If your necklaces are too perfectly staggered, it looks like you're trying too hard." For just the right amount of consistency, stick with chains forged from the same metal like yellow gold or silver.