Styling Tips and Tricks For Your Body Type

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Styling Tips and Tricks For Your Body Type

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Petite—Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson - Look Your Best - Petite
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The Hart of Dixie star Rachel Bilson is such a fashion giant, it's easy to forget that she's only 5-foot-1. How does she do it? It's all about fit!

The vertical lines on this minidress (in this case, leather straps) keep the eye going up and down for a long, lean look.

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Petite—Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson - Look Your Best - Petite
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A blouson maxidress would overpower a less-than-towering type, but wear one with a slim-fitting bodice and the result is a slimming success.

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Petite—Rachel Bilson

Look Your Best - Rachel Bilson - Petite
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Head-to-toe nude

gave the illusion of legs (and a body) that go on forever.

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Petite—Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson - Look Your Best - Petite
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A micro hemline is a great way to make legs appear miles long.

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Petite—Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson - Look Your Best - Petite
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A cropped jacket

was the perfect topper to a multi-print dress. The key measurements? A flawless fit through the shoulders and a hemline that hit right at the hipbone.

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Tall—Taylor Swift

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At 5-foot-11, Taylor Swift is a statuesque stunner and proud of it. Instead of hiding her height, she emphasizes it with high heels and bold patterns. Check out more of her tall-girl tips!

Swift's quick fix for a too-short dress? Layering a longer slip or skirt beneath it.

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Tall—Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Look Your Best - Tall
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A deep-V neckline echoed her rangy frame while amping up her femininity.

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Tall—Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Look Your Best - Tall
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High heels

put Swift well over six feet tall and make her legs look their best.

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Tall—Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Look Your Best - Tall
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When you have a canvas like Taylor's to work with, you don't shy away from bold prints! With her height, oversize polka dots were in perfect proportion.

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Tall—Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Look Your Best - Tall
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Horizontal stripes

add volume to a boyish figure. Swift emphasized her top half with a long-sleeved tee while downplaying her legs with an all-black skirt, tights and shoes.

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Curvy—Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian - Look Your Best - Curvy
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Kim Kardashian

makes the most of her famous shape with formfitting, waist-centric pieces.

A statement belt brings Kardashian's little middle into focus.

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Curvy—Kim Kardashian

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When you have an hourglass figure, you never want to obscure your waist-Kardashian used a well-placed knot to make a blouson top work for her.

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Curvy—Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian - Look Your Best - Curvy
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Kardashian loves pairing a strong-shouldered jacket with leather leggings. The wide shoulders balance out curvy hips.

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Curvy—Kim Kardashian

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A magical ruched sheath is universally flattering, slimming voluptuous spots while adding volume where needed.

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Curvy—Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian - Look Your Best - Curvy
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A sculpted dress with a full skirt is a ladylike (and waist-flattering) alternative to a fitted sheath.

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Pregnant—Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba - Look Your Best - Pregnant
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Although she gave birth to Haven Garner Warren in August, we can't stop thinking about Jessica Alba's amazing maternity style. Using a combination of bold color and unexpected layering pieces, she looked flawless throughout her nine months.

Trendy colorblocking beautifully camouflaged her bump. A bright melon hued bodice drew eyes upward while a less bodacious purple skirt downplayed her stomach.

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Pregnant—Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba - Look Your Best - Pregnant
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Alba took tunic dressing into new frontiers with a fashion-forward neon number. The loose fit of the T-shirt-style piece hid her stomach (and kept her comfortable).

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Pregnant—Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba - Look Your Best - Pregnant
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New layering piece alert! Alba added some edge to a print maxidress with an unexpected (and perfectly proportioned) cropped vest.

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Pregnant—Jessica Alba

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A flowing striped top echoed her wide-leg jeans for some '70s-style chic.

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Pregnant—Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba - Look Your Best - Pregnant
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An A-line coat kept Alba cozy, while keeping the focus on her skinny jeans and studded heels.

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Full-Figured—Adele

Adele - Look Your Best - Full-Figured
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We love how Adele plays up her voluptuous curves in retro '50s and '60s-inspired silhouettes. Clearly a fan of black, the gifted singer emphasizes her beauty with subtle details.

For the MTV Video Music Awards, Adele chose a Burberry dress with an embellished neckline that drew all eyes upward to her stunning features.

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Full-Figured—Adele

Adele - Look Your Best - Full-Figured
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A shirtdress gone sexy! Sheer lace sleeves revealed a seductive hint of skin without baring all.

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Full-Figured—Adele

Adele - Look Your Best - Full-Figured
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An A-line dress glided over her body, while a subtle front-panel of pleats added interest (but not bulk) to the LBD.

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Full-Figured—Adele

Adele - Look Your Best - Full-Figured
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Structured fabric

(like this metallic brocade) ensured a sleek silhouette, no tight shapers required.

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Full-Figured—Adele

Adele - Look Your Best - Full-Figured
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A classic belted trench

drew emphasis to her waist, while revealing her gorgeous legs clad in slim trousers!

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