Looking for fresh ways to play up your curves? So are we. That's why we turned to three style pros, who outfit A-listers like Mindy Kaling, Elisabeth Moss, and Taylor Schilling, to give us the latest and greatest strategies for looking fab at any size.
“Most importantly, it's about finding the right fit,” says Salvador Pérez, the costume designer for The Mindy Project. “Most clothes that you buy off the rack need some tailoring to flatter your body better. A few simple alterations like nipping in the waist or slimming a sleeve can make a huge difference.”
Read on for three more tips to keep in mind the next time you're browsing the stores—or just shopping your closet.
Find Your Best Feature and Amp It Up
Stylist Penny Lovell, who dresses Anne Hathaway, Rose Byrne, and Taylor Schilling, among others, says to focus on the body part you love most instead of getting hung up on a flaw. “I always ask, 'Do you love your boobs? Do you love your legs? Then let’s accentuate it,'” says Lovell. “If it's your boobs, try wearing a shirt dress open to show a little cleavage with a simple top and jeans. Add a beautiful necklace to focus the attention even more,” she says. Want to play up your waist or legs? Wrap dresses should be in your rotation, according to Lovell.
Make Patterns and Color Work Hard for You
“Color blocking is an easy way to flatter your figure, whether it’s with bold contrasting shades or varying degrees of a similar color,” says Perez. "Look for a dresses with bands of solid color on the sides, which can be super slimming, or do it yourself by adding a belt in an opposing color to highlight your waist.” If patterns are more your style, “wear prints on top and keep your bottoms solid,” he adds. “Repetitive patterns can sometimes look like upholstery, so I like scattered ones the best."
Play with Unexpected Proportions
If you're plus-size and petite, stylist Kemal Harris says it's all about waist definition. “Cropped jackets and tops can be a great staple for this body type because they draw the eye to the smallest part of your waist,” says Harris, who counts Elisabeth Moss, Robin Wright, and Amy Poehler as clients. “Try layering one over a jumpsuit. Your legs will look super long and it’s a cool combination,” she says.
For more genius styling tips from the pros, check out our "Love The Bod You're With" feature in the February issue of InStyle, now available on newsstands and for digital download.