Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out at Night

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Hourglass body types, go with something bright and bold for a night time look. Keep the blazer on or toss it to the side:

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sources: Vanessa Bruno Crepe de Chine Blazer (www.net-a-porter.com), Otte Ellen Dress (www.otteny.com), Zara High Heel Vamp Shoe (www.zara.com), MICHAEL Michael Kors Clutch (www.farfetch.com), Venessa Arizaga Cabo Sunset Necklace (www.matchesfashion.com), Rag & Bone Simone Belt (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: Cinching-in the sheath dress accentuates your naturally balanced, Hourglass body type proportions. You don't want to cover those up. The belt is going to help bring that out. In case you don't love the belt action, you can leave it out and just go with the blazer. The lines will streamline and hug a bit where the dress won't. Again, go with the curves, no covering up please, thanks.

The bottom: Well, it's a dress so let's look at the hem. It falls along side the hips and then opens up a bit right at the leg. This is great for movement, it's like you're wearing a men's dress shirt (ridiculously comfortable), and it flatters by not enveloping you whole or squeezing too tight.

The rest: A statement necklace works well back to the pop of pink going on here. This is where you get to play and make the look your own. The pump is classic. Depending on where you're headed, you can swap it out for something 'strappy' (less coverage), drop the blazer for a fitted black leather jacket, lose the belt, and go into full-blown cocktail mode. As an Hourglass body type, you have so many options.

The ONE thing you really need to know when trying to pull this look off is, should you want to bring it into fall, avoid anything heavy when it comes to the shoe. The silk going on in the dress and even the blazer (yes, you can wear white for winter) won't play well with a heavier boot of any kind. The safe bet is to stick with a pump. If you need some warmth, go with a black opaque tight and switch the blazer to black as well.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear to Work

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Rectangle body types, take your work look to the next level in 6 steps. Liven up the office a bit why don't you?

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sources: Vanessa Bruno Crepe de Chine Blazer (www.net-a-porter.com), Otte Ellen Dress (www.otteny.com), Zara High Heel Vamp Shoe (www.zara.com), MICHAEL Michael Kors Clutch (www.farfetch.com), Venessa Arizaga Cabo SunsetNecklace (www.matchesfashion.com), Rag & Bone Simone Belt (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: The blazer is going to add some volume where there may not be much when it comes to the column-like Pear body type shape you're working with. The statement necklace also helps with that. The top of the dress buttons down to a v-neck which is one more reason this look works in your favor. The v-neck will elongate, not that you need any more of that, but it doesn't hurt one bit.

The bottom: The hem of the dress falls away from the body slightly so it will create movement, be ridiculously comfortable, and also add some volume on the bottom half of the fashion equation which will balance out proportions for you. Love, that and so should every Rectangle body type out there.

The rest: A clutch, for work? Really? I know, I know. The clutch is there as an add-on that will make this look versatile and that is a very good thing. Go for a classic black tote or shoulder bag (shop options in the closet, they're always coming in so you're covered; see the link below), pop the clutch in there, and you're set to transition into happy hour. It's not rocket science right? This should be easy, don't forget that. The pump is a classic. Stick with something streamlined and easy there. If you want, you could also go with a neutral peep-toe or possibly strappy sandal depending on the season of course. If you want to go further into Fall, throw in an opaque tight, keep the pump, swap the white blazer for a black leather moto version or just a classic black blazer, toss the belt, and you're good to go.

The ONE thing you need to keep in mind to pull this off: Make sure if you're wearing a dress with very little definition and structure, that you have either a belt or top layer in the form of a fitted blazer or cardigan to create some curves for your Rectangle body type. Never, ever throw on an oversized cardi, boxy blazer, or other piece that will swallow you whole. You'll lose any flattering aspect of the look and that's just really sad, let alone a waste of a perfectly on-trend, pop color dress.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear to Work

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Apple body types, try something new at work. Your office makeover begins with you:

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sources: Vanessa Bruno Crepe de Chine Blazer (www.net-a-porter.com), Otte Ellen Dress (www.otteny.com), Zara High Heel Vamp Shoe (www.zara.com), MICHAEL Michael Kors Clutch (www.farfetch.com), Venessa Arizaga Cabo Sunset Necklace (www.matchesfashion.com), Rag & Bone Simone Belt (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: When it comes to the Apple body type V-necks are your best friend. If you haven't already figured it out with the help of our Style Guide, here's just one more way to illustrate the stylish point. Make sure your closet essentials include basic tees and tanks with this flattering neckline. The jacket is also perfect for you. The lapel is simple and clean, extending out at the hem to bring the focus downward from your top half.

The bottom: The hem on this dress flares out slightly which Apple body types should always keep an eye out for. Keep the bottom half of your ensembles balanced out to your top half which means, you don't want anything too narrow. If you go with a skinny jean for instance, make sure you have a substantial pump or ankle bootie to draw the eye line down. This will balance things out for your shape.

The rest: The necklace shouldn't hit too high on your chest so if it does, opt out on that accessory and go for something a bit more demure in the way of a long gold pendant necklace. The belt works if it sits right above your hips. If it sits too high, you're going to mess up proportions a bit so again, this is a 'try-it-out-and-see' style sitch. Give it a whirl. You've got nothing to lose. Finally, the pump. This should be in your closet already. If it isn't, or the pump you currently have is not one you're loving, then head to the Closet and shop the latest picks (link below).

You can go for a nude peep toe or strappy heel on this depending on the weather. Oh, and the clutch, fine fine, you caught us, you're probably not heading into work with just a clutch. Use the clutch for cocktails later and toss it into an oversized tote our slouchy black shoulder bag that will get you through the day.

The ONE thing you need to know: If you're short-waisted, or a more petite Apple body type, the belt is NOT necessary. It's only going to cut the vertical eye line and that, is not a good thing. There's nothing wrong with losing the belt on this one. Just go sans-cinched waist and keep the rest as is.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Pear Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear for a Casual Night Out

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I'm a Pear Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear for a Casual Night Out

Pear body types, upgrade your casual fashion game in 6 steps:

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sources: 1 Jonathan Saunders Poppy angora-blend sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 J BRAND 'Maria high rise' skinny jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 Jerome Dreyfuss Ponyhair Carlos Tote (www.barneys.com), 4 Manolo Blahnik Pointed Toe Suede Pump (www.hirshleifers.com), 5 House of Harlow 1960 Metallic Flatpick Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6 Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: When it comes to the Pear body type, you always want to use your silhouette to play a bit on the top half of the ensemble. In this case, we're keeping it a bit more toned-down with the v-neck sweater, but with the addition of the statement necklace, you can make things instantly interesting. Work with your basics and accessorize to make a look your own. The most important thing to have is a strong core Closet/foundation.

The bottom: The skinny leg in a dark wash is your friend. A lot of Pear body types shy away from skinny leg jeans, and if you're petite, that makes sense. A boot cut would work better for you. But overall, the skinny jeans can work in your favor IF you keep them dark with limited embellishments like pockets or whiskering/distressing. Also, if you're going to go for a skinnier leg line keep the heel. Don't get mad at us, we know you'd rather prance around town in a flat (unless you're like some of our Editors who have yet to master that skill; flats make them nervous the way platform pumps do the rest of the world), but you need a heel to elongate your lower half.

The rest: P to the S, yes, you see sunnies on this. Sunnies, for a night out? Well, if it's spring/summer, this is a viable options. With daylight savings, not so much when you're 'falling back' an hour. The sunglasses show you this look works for day just as well as it does for evening. Loving the versatility on that.

The bag is a great way to take a basic look here and add some oomph. You're everyday bags are ones you should invest in, the trend pieces like this you can play a bit more with when it comes to materials. Check out the latest handbag picks to browse more (budget friendly) options in the Closet (link below). The pump keeps the lower half clean and polished. No cluncky boots please. Actually, a boot with a skinny leg for a Pear body type is a tough combination to pull off. If you had a black jegging with a streamlined black, heeled, mid-calf boot, you would be ok. The most flattering take on this though, is going to be something more polished and minimal like the pump.

The ONE thing you need to know: If you have a sweater like this with a bit more volume to it that extends out from the body at the hem, make sure that it stays above your hips. If this sweater brings weight past that natural waistline you're defeating the purpose of dressing for your body type entirely. Opt for something that wraps or fits snugly to the body instead.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something Casual But Polished to Wear Out & About Today

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Apple body types, elevate your go-to look for running errands during the day:

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sources: 1 Jonathan Saunders Poppy angora-blend sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 J BRAND 'Maria high rise' skinny jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 Jerome Dreyfuss Ponyhair Carlos Tote (www.barneys.com), 4 Manolo Blahnik Pointed Toe Suede Pump (www.hirshleifers.com), 5 House of Harlow 1960 Metallic Flatpick Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6 Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: The v-neck, check. Go for a v-neck whenever possible. You'll see examples on how to do this in the Style Guide if you haven't had a glimpse of it yet. Overall this sweater is super simple. Really, there's not much to it outside of the color and a little extra volume at the hem. A word to the wise for petite Apple body type women out there, make sure the volume on this sweater doesn't overwhelm your silhouette entirely. You'll throw everything out of whack by adding too much bulk and throwing off proportions. Instead, opt for a more fitted version of the same shape which, ps, you can find oh, everywhere (start with the StyleShaker Closet and go from there; link below).

The bottom: You can streamline to your heart's content on this one. Why? Because you have the height of that heel that will keep the vertical line extending. Usually, we'd recommend something more along the lines of a bootcut or slight flare in the way of denim, but skinnies work as well. The balancing out of your proportions is helped with that classic pump.

The rest: The statement necklace can be a tricky thing for Apple body types. Try out something a bit less substantial along the neckline, especially if the necklace you're going with sits a bit higher on your décolletage (cue: fancy fashion word). No need to draw focus where you're trying to do the exact opposite. If it is long enough, it will actually help focus the eye on the vertical line of your body which is always a good thing. Sunnies, yep, sunnies. The classic Ray Ban Wayfarers are still out there. They've be around, gone away, and come back with a vengeance, The trend is slowing but that doesn't mean they don't work well. It really all depends on the shape of your face so go with what you know works whether it's a larger frame, wayfarers, or aviators.

The ONE thing you need to know: There's one really quick, simple way for you to take this look from what to wear to what NOT to wear and that is to pair it with a flat. Flat shoe, flat boot, flat whatever, don't do it. If you have to go with a flat shoe because you need to walk like a normal human being or just don't have anything in your closet you feel like wearing with a heel (um, shop our closet, link below), then go with a bootcut jean in the same dark wash. Have it hemmed to fall right at the arch on the top of your foot so there's  not too much creasing, and go to town.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out and About Today

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sources: 1 Jonathan Saunders Poppy angora-blend sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 J BRAND 'Maria high rise' skinny jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 Jerome Dreyfuss Ponyhair Carlos Tote (www.barneys.com), 4 Manolo Blahnik Pointed Toe Suede Pump (www.hirshleifers.com), 5 House of Harlow 1960 Metallic Flatpick Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6 Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: Rectangles, the extra volume on this top is not going to be a problem. If it flares out too much at your natural waist however, you may want to throw in an extra layer of a fitted jacket (leather, maybe a blazer, etc.) just to be sure you don't lose your shape entirely. Since the sweater is basic and you do want to have a little something going on up there, the necklace comes to the rescue. You can definitely afford to go big with this or any other statement necklace (there are always new options lining the virtual shelves of the closet, link below).

The bottom: Skinny jeans aren't for everyone, but when it comes to the Rectangle body type, you will have no problems. For most types, if there's a skinny, there should be a heel, but Rectangles, you have options. Go with a ballet flat, a flat riding boot, or keep the pump. You can also play a bit with the wash on those jeans. If you wanted to do something a bit more distressed, possibly in a grey back to the pink, it's possible and it will flatter you silhouette.

The rest: We already touched on the pump. Feel free to swap it out depending on the agenda or your mood for the day. You're good to go with the necklace (per above). The bigger the better, especially when worn back to a substantial knit like this sweater. As far as sunglasses go, work with your favorite pair. The Wayfarers are a classic, and relatively universal, but they're really being used more as a placeholder for this look.

Then you have that bag. Really, this is a sweater and jeans look that you have elevated with a couple of key accessories. The bag is a big one. Not into animal print? No prob. The goal here is to use accessories to pull the look together, update it, and polish things off a bit for what would have been your run-of-the-mill daytime look. Go with a neutral if you're feeling, well, neutral. Or bring in a print, etc. This is the addition that let's you make the look your own and just gives good style street-cred. You know how it is. You see the look, then you see the bag (or shoe, or both) and you think, "Wow, ok, she knows what she's doing." That's what's going on here. It's simple, see?

The ONE thing you need to know about this look Rectangle body types is, you don't want to have that sweater steal the show. Don't let a knit cover up your body too much. Hiding behind your clothing never works. Instead, go with a more fitted sweater option or just layer a blazer or streamlined black jacket over this one.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear This Weekend

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sources: 1 Theyskens' Theory Crochet-Back Open-Knit Linen-Blend Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 Pietra Croc Braiden Wedges (www.ssense.com), 3 J. Crew 3" Chino Short (www.jcrew.com), 4 Tory Burch Resin Band Bangle (www.toryburch.com)

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The top: The sweater has a lot going on. You've got the shoulder embellishment, the open back, plus it's pretty sheer which means you'll most likely be wearing a lightweight tank underneath or bandeau bra, depending on how daring you're feeling that day. Rectangle body types can handle all of this. Everything will add emphasis to your top half, which is a good thing as you move through the look to balance out proportions and add some curves where there may not be many.

The bottom: Shorts are both loved and hated. We get it, some women shudder at the thought of showing off those gams. If you're one of them, opt for a white skinny jean instead. But if you're into the shorts look, go with a pair of brights to bring out the Spring in the situation. The J.Crew 3" chinos are a personal favorite of editors around these parts. Get the longer length if you feel it's more age appropriate, or if it just makes you feel more comfortable. At the end of the day, the point is to feel good in what you have on so if you don't, make necessary adjustments or else what's the point right?

The rest: That neutral wedge is a must. Rectangle body types lend themselves to long and lean silhouettes, so you can afford to wear a flat sandal, or flip flop (with hopefully a little something to it ok?). The wedge, however, is going to give you legs for days. And really, let's  be honest, what woman doesn't want that? From there, the addition of a wooden bangle keeps the spring/summer story going strong. Swap it out for a woven chain bangle, leather, fabric, whatever, just keep it light and neutral because the rest of the look needs to have it's color cameo.

The ONE thing Rectangle body types need to keep in mind when pulling off this look is to make sure the top, whether it's a sweater or tee, doesn't hit too far below the natural waist. You want there to be a clear separation between the two so you can create some definition without using a belt or wrap cardigan. Easy.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear This Weekend

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sources: 1 Theyskens' Theory Crochet-Back Open-Knit Linen-Blend Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 Pietra Croc Braiden Wedges (www.ssense.com), 3 J. Crew 3" Chino Short (www.jcrew.com), 4 Tory Burch Resin Band Bangle (www.toryburch.com)

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The top: Hourglass body types, make sure you have something neutral underneath the sheer sweater. Maybe a bandeau bra if  temps allow. It would be tragic to lose the open back with a layer of fabric covering everything. Random summer side note: it's also perfect as a beach cover-up.

The bottom: The shorts are fine if they don't send into a full-blown panic as they have a history of doing for some of us leg-conscious women. Do a few lunges, get beyond it, and pop on a bright short for summer, OR, if you really can't see yourself feeling good in a shorts look, by all means, throw in a pair of white or light wash skinny jeans. At the end of the day, you're supposed to feel good in what you're wearing as you elevate your personal style so without that, it's just not worth it. Don't over-think it, (easy to write).

The rest: The neutral wedge will extend the leg line, check. The bangle is a nod to the summertime trend that may or may not stick around. So, as a place holder, you could always substitute loose fabric bracelets, a gold chain bracelet layered with something colorful, etc. Pick and play here, there's nothing to lose and for now, you can keep it simple with one key bangle.

The ONE thing you need to know on this look if you're an Hourglass body type is, IF you're short waisted, a trick to elongating your torso would be a tank (super-thin and lightweight since you'll be covering up the open back; minor sacrifice) that extends slightly past the hem of the sweater over the shorts. Don't let it hit past your hips, just right past your natural waist. It's a little trick to play with if you have a shorter waist and you're going to wear a flat sandal instead of the wedge.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something Classic to Wear for a Night Out

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sources: 1 Ralph Lauren Black Label Fluted Sleeve Top (www.farfetch.com), 2 Theory Nenna Pant (www.farfetch.com), 3 Clare Vivier Foldover in Green Apple(www.stefanibags.com), 4 Steve Madden Reeldeal Wedge Sandals (www.macys.com), 5 Oasis Elastic Metal Petal Waist Belt (www.asos.com), 6 ACNE Wilde Black sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 7 BCBGMAXAZRIA Modern Cuff (www.bcbg.com)

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The top: You cannot, I repeat, cannot go wrong with this top. The top is universal, and Rectangle body types, that means you're all set. The wide neckline flatters and lends itself to some serious earring action if you're up for it. The tapering in at the waist is also perfect for accentuating, or in your case, creating a more proportionate silhouette, and it's black so yes, it goes with everything.

The bottom: Every woman needs a well-tailored, perfectly fitting pair of black pants in her closet. They don't have to be over $150, or $100 for that matter. Ok fine, you can get a great pair for less than $70, tailor them, and wear them to death if you know where to look (cue: the Closet, link below). Just make sure this essential is in there. You can get SO much use out of these pants, and once again, the cut is a wide-leg one so it's pretty universal to all types unless you're petite (walk away if you're petite and go for something a bit more fitted/straight leg/boot cut). The tab waist, the slight flare at the hem, all  of it is causing a swoon-like reaction over here, and Rectangles, you should feel free to join in. These, are, gorgeous, and completely essential to have in your core wardrobe.

The rest: Black, black and more black can get boring. The kelly green clutch throws a colorful wrench into the equation, and thank god for that. A little color is important. It not only allows you to show who you are, but it can also brighten someone's day. Color therapy is a real thing, might as well start in your closet right? If you have color on the clutch, you can keep the shoes toned-down with a neutral that in this case, comes in the form of a faux exotic print. The pant is going to cover up what you have on so don't make this part into a science project. Not worth it. The belt draws in the narrowest part of your body, the waist (see below for the one thing you need to keep in mind if this isn't the case). The sunglasses are chic, glamorous, and very you-mean-business-but-you're-going-to-look-good-taking-over-the-world. And finally, the cuff, should you feel your inner Wonder Woman clawing to come out. This is a power cuff ladies. Use it for good.

The ONE thing you need to know if you're a Rectangle body type attempting to pull off this classic look is, should your rectangle shape be very column-like and you have little to no definition at your waist, drop the belt. The belt may end up bringing attention to a part of your body that distracts from creating a balance in your proportions. How will you know? Try on the belt, look in the mirror, if your waist doesn't look significantly smaller than your torso and hips, there's no need for the belt. Don't go in another notch by the way. You're going to want to be able to function normally in the look (i.e. breathe) so if the belt cuts off your air supply, you're trying to make yourself work for the look. No no, stop that, and flip the fashion script. Make the look work for you. See? Ah, exhale. That's better.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something Classic to Wear Out Tonight

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Hourglass body types, go with something a bit more streamlined for a dinner out. Try a classic black-out look with a pop-color in 7 steps:

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sources: 1 Ralph Lauren Black Label Fluted Sleeve Top (www.farfetch.com), 2 Theory Nenna Pant (www.farfetch.com), 3 Clare Vivier Foldover in Green Apple(www.stefanibags.com), 4 Steve Madden Reeldeal Wedge Sandals (www.macys.com), 5 Oasis Elastic Metal Petal Waist Belt (www.asos.com), 6 ACNE Wilde Black sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 7 BCBGMAXAZRIA Modern Cuff (www.bcbg.com)

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The top: Could it be any easier than this top? Nope, well it's possible, but for the sake of nailing home the point that this is probably one of the most universally flattering tops out there, we'll stick with n-o, no, it just doesn't get much better. The neckline, flattering. The sleeve length, classic. The color, um, it's black so you KNOW you'll get use out of it. The fit along the torso, slimming. Gold stars.

The bottom: Every woman needs a classic black pant in her closet, and yes, that includes you Hourglass body types out there. You can do this for well under $100 too, just have a tailor in mind and make sure you get the pant fitted to you, not the other way around. The leg is a little wide, but still follows the leg line which is exactly what an hourglass should strive for. You have a naturally balanced silhouette so why obstruct that with a pant right?

The rest: Black, black, and more black can be a little 'snoring,' (spoken out loud in a nasal, snoring voice for added emphasis). Use the clutch to pop it up a bit with color. Kelly green? Sure, why not. Metallic something? Absolutely. Animal print? Meow. Have at it. Just make sure to balance out whatever you have going on in the handbag with the shoe. Less is more, let one of the two shine and have their cameo. We suggest you give the handbag it's moment because let's face it, the shoe is going to be covered up by the pant anyway. Speaking of the shoe, we kept it neutral with a subtle, faux, exotic print. Easy enough. The belt, well as an Hourglass, you just going to emphasize what you're working with so keep it to make the look a little edgier, or drop it if you want to simplify for the day. It really can depend on the day, time of the month (you know exactly what I mean), mood, and then some. Go with your gut. To cinch or not to cinch should NOT be a science project.

The cuff revs it up a bit and takes it into the Wonder Woman realm. That's your power cuff. Use it for good and not evil please. Oh and of course you're going to want black-out shades to conceal, keep it chic, glam it up a bit, oh right, and shield your eyes from the blinding rays of the sun out there. Even if it's an evening look, some of us are out the door while the sun's still shining. For those ladies, sunglass-it-up. For the Alaskan women out there, some of you have six straight months of sun right? You need sunnies, and bad. Granted, your native terrain probably won't lend itself to an open toe, wedge sandal, or pants that don't wick away snow and water, but hey, at least we've got the sunglasses covered right?

The ONE thing you need to know about this look as an Hourglass body type is, less really is more. Just because you have a the black clothing canvas to work from, does not mean you need to cover every inch of you with something. Sure, there's the Coco Chanel line, "remove one item before you walk out the door,' or something like that (loosely quoting here), but which piece is the one left on the closet floor for next time? How DOES one choose? Think of it this way, if you have a couple of bold accessories (couple=2) you're good. Hair, nails, makeup, they all come into play. The more you put on, the more confusing it will be for anyone to really find the beauty in the entire look. Sure, you're gorgeous, but you don't want to send onlookers into a tail spin when they're checking you out? Not the good kind of tail spin, the dizzying, overwhelming, toothpaste aisle (so many tubes of toothpaste, why are there so many, I can't handle the choices, I'll just crouch down into fetal position for a minute until my heart rate gets back to normal) tail spin. Go with a couple picks that make the look your own, the pieces that make you feel like you (and that means good, or your best self) and leave it at that. You'll make plenty of time to wear the rest of your goodies. Patience grasshopper, patience.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out at Night

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sources: 1 Ralph Lauren Black Label Fluted Sleeve Top (www.farfetch.com), 2 Theory Nenna Pant (www.farfetch.com), 3 Clare Vivier Foldover in Green Apple(www.stefanibags.com), 4 Steve Madden Reeldeal Wedge Sandals (www.macys.com), 5 Oasis Elastic Metal Petal Waist Belt (www.asos.com), 6 ACNE Wilde Black sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 7 BCBGMAXAZRIA Modern Cuff (www.bcbg.com)

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The top: When it comes to the Apple body types, we usually steer you towards clean lines and classic cuts on top. Should there be a v-neck on top of that, bonus-round. This black blouse covers the clean lines, the classic cut, and sure, may not have a v-neck on it, but who needs it when you've got something this universally flattering to work with?

The bottom: The slight flare at the hem on this pant is perfect to balance out an Apple body type's proportions. You need a pant just like this in your closet. Go pick it up, get it tailored to you, and take care of it because it is gold. You can get warmed up on all of your shopping, pant and otherwise, in our virtual Closet of course (link below).

The rest: You are going to need some color on this one, unless you're going through a goth period, in which case, we will kindly direct you to another site because we just aren't skilled in that area. But for those Apple body types out who like a little color in their lives, play with the accessories. In this case, the kelly green clutch is where you can make the look your own. Go for your favorite color, print, metallic, whatever. You have options to pair back to the all-black clothing background. The sandal, although in a faux exotic which sounds bold, acts as a neutral in this equation. Not to mention the fact that it is going to be hidden under the pant hem, so definitely don't put too much styling energy into that. Keep it simple, neutral, and move right along. The cuff is pure power. It's bold, it's great for Apples because it brings the focus below your waist and will balance out your proportions further. Sneaky right? Ah, so simple, so easy. You've got to love it. Or at least we do, but by now that should be obvious.

The ONE thing you need to keep in mind when wearing this look Apple body types, you may be tempted to lay a necklace over this top. Don't. Earrings are ok if they're understated. If you're petite, lose the belt. It will just cut you off rather than elongate, and you'll most likely feel ridiculously uncomfortable sitting down in any position. Comfort is key to feeling good in a look. Don't sacrifice it completely (let's be honest, a four inch heel isn't necessarily comfy, but it's do-able, unless you live in San Francisco and plan on walking somewhere for more than two blocks) for the look or else the whole point of elevating your personal style goes out the window. Feel good in what you have on and get out there. It's totally contagious. Share the style love people.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear to Work

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sources: 1 Markus Lupfer Silk Jersey Dress (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 River Island Black Blazer (SOLD OUT www.riverisland.com), 3 Nine West Kenie Gladiator Sandals (www.macys.com), 4 See by Chloé Taupe April Leather Zipped Tote (www.my-wardrobe.com), 5 Gorjana London Hoop Earrings (www.asos.com)

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The top: The blazer is a great layer to have on hand if you want a little additional coverage, to keep it pro-fesh (yes, more unnecessary abbreviating as the expense of the english language because it's just fun), and/or if you want to stay toasty. Keep in mind, you can easily lose this layer at any time. This dress was built for accentuating everything enviable and fabulous about an Hourglass body type. The print is fine, it will draw attention to your chest, but you're covered up so you're not crossing any lines. The sewn in waist detail is the most comfortable cinching definition a girl could ask for. Proportions=instantly balanced, or in your case, accentuated.

The bottom: Well, it's a dress so we'll discuss the hem. The dress is fitted through the thigh so there's a little narrowing going on here. As an Hourglass body type, if the bottom half of the look continues to narrow further, your top half will start to look disproportionate. A heel is a great way to fix this. It will elongate a bit, which we all love.

The rest: The bag stays neutral and at the perfect size for an everyday tote. The earrings are subtle mainly because you have a whole lot of look going on with that print. There's no need to distract from it with any additional statement accessories. Clean lines, basic shapes, keep it neutral. Speaking of neutral, cue the sandal. If you're heading into a fall look, close things off with a nude or putty/beige leather pump (preferably not patent). Or you could add in a heeled knee high boot BUT if you do that, go for browns which means you'll want to lose the blazer and make it a sweater dress look. Note: you can always wear black with brown, it just needs to be done in a way that makes sense. How do you know? You hit up this site, keep an eye on the latest Lookbooks, or contact us directly with your question. Problem-solved. Style stress, averted.

The ONE thing you need to know about this look if you're going to pull if off for an Hourglass body type is, the blazer should not fall past your hips. Why? Because woman, you have a shape that should be shown off, not covered up! And, B., when the hem of the blazer falls below your hips, or even worse, covers your bottom completely, your proportions are sent out of whack and it looks like you have more volume at the waist than you really do. The blazer is there to add to the look, not cover you up. Keep that in mind when trying this look out.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear to Work

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sources: 1 Markus Lupfer Silk Jersey Dress (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 River Island Black Blazer (SOLD OUT www.riverisland.com), 3 Nine West Kenie Gladiator Sandals (www.macys.com), 4 See by Chloé Taupe April Leather Zipped Tote (www.my-wardrobe.com), 5 Gorjana London Hoop Earrings (www.asos.com)

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The top: Rectangle body types, use this dress well. The print and the built in waist definition are your friend. Make sure if you layer with the blazer that it isn't too boxy. You're going to want something with a bit of streamlining and construction to it that will create an hourglass-effect.

The bottom: The hem of the dress is pretty narrow. Usually we'd edge you towards more of an a-line or something that has a bit more volume. This works for two reasons: first, you have the waistline seam distinguishing between the top and bottom half, and second, there's a bold print that actually curves for you. Love when there's a little eye-line trickery right?

The rest: The nude shoe is just going to extend the long & lean'ness that is your Rectangle body type. Not super long? Not a problem, that's where the heel comes into play. Boom, height. You can also go with a black d'orsay pump (check out the Closet to shop more options, link below) as well if you want to polish it up a bit. From there, the bag and jewelry (just earrings in this case) are toned-down so you can let the print on that dress have it's day in the sun. No need to overwhelm here, less can be so much more.

The ONE thing you need to know to pull this look off is the previously mentioned note about the blazer. It definitely shouldn't be too boxy on your frame. You have a naturally straight shape that needs some great construction (courtesy of layers and seaming details in this look) to bring out your best. If the blazer swallows you whole, gets too boxy at the hem, or runs to parallel to your column-like silhouette, you're just going to go in the opposite direction of flattering. So, go for something a bit more body-conscious. It doesn't have to be super-snug mind you, some great seaming detail will do.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type Looking for Something to Wear Running Around on a Weekday

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sources: 1 James Perse Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton T-Shirt (www.stylebop.com), 2 Michael Kors Pleated wool and silk-blend skirt (www.net-a-porter.com), 3 Need Supply Geneva Wedge (www.needsupply.com), 4 OrYANY Tanya Satchel (www.shopbop.com), 5 Philippe Audibert Matte Black Spiked Uma Cuff (www.stylebop.com), 6 Ray-Ban Original Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: You can't go wrong with a black, long sleeve, scoop neck top, Hourglass body type or any other body type for that matter. This is what we call a closet essential, something that every woman needs to have on hand for all seasons. Buy one each year, or just go big and buy three when you find the basic that a. fits perfectly, b. holds up after a few washes, and c. you feel good in. Well actually, if you hit a, b, and c, you might as well buy stock in that top. Must-have, essential, get the picture yet? The shape is classic, flattering, and ridiculously versatile.

The bottom: This skirt works for an Hourglass body type as long as it's balanced out with what's going on on the top half of the look. The print on this skirt is hard to miss, so you're definitely bringing focus to your bottom half. As long as you use something on top to balance out proportions (in your case, balancing them out is just working with your natural shape), which in this case is a scoop neck tee that will bring a little drama to the neckline, you're good to go.

The rest: Since there's plenty of black and white going on here, there's room for a pop of color. One of the easiest ways to incorporate that into a look is through the handbag. You could always keep the bag black and go with a red lip, or red shoe, but in this case, the bag was one of our favorites so it needed to make it's way into a look. The cuff and sunnies add a little edge and let the bag have it's rightful color cameo. The strappy wedge works for Spring. If you head into Fall, you can always opt for a classic black pump, or if you have the height, a knee-high, heeled black boot back to some opaque tights (go bare leg if the temps allow, but keeping one color will extend the vertical line on the lower half of the look). Bring in a scarf and classic trench to complete a more wintry look (shop the Closet for options, links below).

The ONE thing you need to know when you're an Hourglass body type pulling off this look is to make sure you have the right shoe for your proportions. That wedge, albeit fabulous and comfy, will cut you off at the ankles with that strap. So, if you want height or are vertically-challenged, you will definitely want to go with a pump or boot (ankle or heeled knee-high) with opaque tights. Every Hourglass is a little different obviously. There's no, one cookie-cutter hourglass shape out there so work with what you've got. We're all a little bit of a hybrid, that's what makes life interesting.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Running Around During the Week

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sources: 1 James Perse Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton T-Shirt (www.stylebop.com), 2 Michael Kors Pleated wool and silk-blend skirt (www.net-a-porter.com), 3 Need Supply Geneva Wedge (www.needsupply.com), 4 OrYANY Tanya Satchel (www.shopbop.com), 5 Philippe Audibert Matte Black Spiked Uma Cuff (www.stylebop.com), 6 Ray-Ban Original Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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Here's the deal Apple body types, this is YOUR look. Love it, know it well, wear it often (or variations on the theme) and you'll be good to go. See how to pull it off for Fall as well in the notes below:

The top: This is an essential for every woman's closet. You're not alone on this Apple body types, your shape just happens to benefit the most out of all four types when it comes to this top. Why? Because it's simple, it streamlines (no embellishments on the shoulders, along the neckline, or on the arms PLUS it's black which slims), and the scoop neck is wide, yet narrow enough so that it will elongate your upper half.

The bottom: This skirt, in all of it's striped-panel glory, is going to pull the focus to your bottom half. This is a good thing, it will even out proportions. What also helps balance things out is the a-line shape of the skirt. The fabric extends out and away from your legs which, you guessed it, is going to help create some balance for you.

The rest: You have the gladiator wedge which you can certainly swap out for a classic black or neutral (beige) pump. If you're on the petite side, err on the side of a pump as the ankle strap may end up cutting you off right at the shin and consequently, do the exact opposite of elongate. The bag is the perfect way to infuse some color into the black and white'ness of the look. There's also an option to pop the color in a pump, just make sure it's either one or the other, red bag or red shoe. Both would be overkill. From there, the sunnies and the cuff take it from classically polished to a little edgy. If you want to keep it clean, go with a more demure bracelet, possibly some layered gold chain bracelets (two at most, again, clean and simple), and a wider-frame, more glam'd up version of of the sunglasses.

The ONE thing you need to know when you want to pull this look off for your Apple body type is, the only adjustments you should be making here are the accessories. Swap out the shoe for a pump or an ankle boot/knee-high heeled boot to be worn with an opaque tight. Sure, you can go for a more subtle bag, no problem. But when it comes to the clothing, you want simple on top and drama on the bottom (in this case, an a-line printed skirt). Stick to balancing out proportions and above all, feel good. Take the look and make it work for you, not the other way around. K? K. embed_appleclosetfooterapple

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear this Weekend

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Hourglass body types, here's a look that will take your casual weekend routine and polish it up a bit in seven shoppable steps:

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sources: 1 Zara Cotton Blazer (www.zara.com), 2 J.Crew Vintage  V-neck Tee in Stripe (www.jcrew.com), 3 MiH Jeans Marrakesh Kick-flare Jeans (www.matchesfashion.com), 4 Madison Harding Ben Woven Sandal (www.madisonharding.com), 5 MADEWELL The Transport Tote (www.madewell.com), 6 Tory Burch Jordan Wire Hoop Earring (www.toryburch.com), 7 NARS Semi-Matte Red Lizard Lipstick (www.beauty.com)

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The top: Don't freak out about the stripes. They're subtle, tone-on-tone, and will be partially covered by one of our favorite white blazers out there from Zara. Actually, you could leave the blazer out, keep the tee and jeans, and be perfectly fine. The stripes won't widen things, because you have that v-neck going on. The blazer is showing you how easy it can be to take a classic tee+jeans combo, and make it look on-point by pairing it with the right jacket from your clothing arsenal. Jackets are an investment, this one happens to be ridiculously well priced (thank you Zara), but overall, this category is one of the easiest ways you can take a basic look and elevate your personal style. They're one of the best tricks to have up your sleeve when you want a versatile wardrobe so shell out a bit more for the right piece. And yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. This goes for Hourglass body types and everyone else.

The bottom: Look closely at the fit on these jeans. Ok, got it? If you don't want to buy the pair pictured here, or you just want to keep shopping around as we women love to do (you can warm up with additional options in the Closet, link below), take a mental note. Hourglass body types, this is the shape you want to look for when you're buying jeans. Get them in a medium blue wash, distressed is fine, and get them in a dark blue wash as well. Hem the medium blue version for everyday shoes (possibly for flats if you're into those, or lower heels). Keep the darker washed jeans as is for heels. These will be your go-to daytime and wearing-out-at-night jeans. They are definitely on the essential shopping list for each season. Why? Because they will make your life SO MUCH EASIER. Sidenote: buy the size that is comfy and not the size you say you need to do another round of '6 Week Abs' to fit into. You'll be golden for Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall.

The rest: We're showing a great, pyramid heel sandal on this one. It's fun, you won't see much of the print under the jean, but you'll know it's there and they're versatile enough to wear in plenty of other ensembles. Bring the look into Fall with an ankle boot, black or brown. Either will work, and nope, you don't have to match the bag to the shoe. Another random styling myth.

Keep it clean and simple with an everyday tote. Speaking of simple, a subtle gold earring is perfect. The lapel brings some 'oomph' to the look, so let it do it's thing without much distraction. And if you're dying to inject some color, go with a bright red lip, or just a gloss if you're not into the whole big-girl-lipstick thing. Sometimes it can be more maintenance, we get it.

The ONE thing you need to know about the look Hourglass body types is, you absolutely do not need to wear a heel here if you don't want to or if you're dying to give your feet a break. Just put on the pair of jeans you have hemmed for flats and be on your way. Make sure they're a boot cut to keep things in-line with your naturally balanced proportions, and you're good to go. Keep it simple.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Running Around on a Weekday

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Rectangle body types, here's a look that elevates any weekday style routine you have going in seven shoppable steps:I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Running Around on a Weekday

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sources: 1 Zara Cotton Blazer (www.zara.com), 2 J.Crew Vintage  V-neck Tee in Stripe (www.jcrew.com), 3 MiH Jeans Marrakesh Kick-flare Jeans (www.matchesfashion.com), 4 Madison Harding Ben Woven Sandal (www.madisonharding.com), 5 MADEWELL The Transport Tote (www.madewell.com), 6 Tory Burch Jordan Wire Hoop Earring (www.toryburch.com), 7 NARS Semi-Matte Red Lizard Lipstick (www.beauty.com)

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The top: Rectangle body types can work a stripe like none other. Why? Because you have a natural column-like shape, so the horizontal striping won't draw the eye-line too far out to the left and right. Actually, the addition of a few curves on top balanced out with a little emphasis on your lower half is what you're going for, so, the tee works well to start things off. Bring in the white blazer with a dramatic lapel, and you bring even more volume/attention to the top. It's all fine and good because you have plans for the bottom half of the ensemble that will balance things out. The bottom: Speaking of the bottom, these jeans are perfection. They hug right at the hip, fit through the thigh, and flare out slightly at the hem. That small flare at the hem, even though these are a boot-cut, is going to be what flatters your Rectangle body type. They're a universally flattering shape in then denim world. The next time you're out shopping (or in shopping in the Closet, link below) you will be able to recognize that, yes, this is the kind of jean you should go for. The rest: Since you have a lot of black-and-white going on here, a little injection of color is called for It's as simple as throwing in a bright red lip. Easy. Blot to tone it down a bit, or opt-out of the lipstick and brighten things up with a gloss. Little touches like this elevate any look. They're small, yet effective.

The tote is going to be a go-to, everyday, wear it to work or running around, kind of tote. Perfect for travel as well (read: if your laptop is your traveling partner in crime, it just found it's new home). The pyramid heel on the sandal is THE most comfortable thing in the world. Fine, it's not a slipper, and yes, a wedge does pretty well too, but the pyramid heel is something to keep in mind if you want some height that will get you from point A to B without wanting to cry your eyes out (read: if you've ever felt like wearing a three inch platform pump through the streets of Manhattan running to market appointments or [insert your agenda here] was a good idea only to find yourself buying two dollar flip flops three hours in at the closest Duane Reade, you know what I'm talking about). A subtle earring finishes things off. Every woman should have a little something like this in her closet that isn't a statement piece but isn't a stud either. This is your middle-man earring. Know it, love it.

The ONE thing you need to know when you pull off this look is that you want to keep the jewelry super simple. You may be tempted to throw in a necklace or larger earrings. Fine, a hoop is an option, but less is more. The lapel and the striped v-neck tee bring plenty to the table without having to add anything else. The goal is to keep your top half balanced out with your bottom half, and Rectangles, that means you need to create emphasis on those two opposite poles of your body. It's easy to do, you just want to be wary of how much you're adding into the mix. Follow the look above as a guide and go from there. Above all, you should feel good when you leave your closet and walk out into the day so take this inspiration, make the look your own, and hit the ground running (um, because you actually CAN in those shoes! ah-mazing).

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Pear Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out on a Weekday Running Around

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Pear body types, here's a look that will upgrade any weekday look in 7 steps:I'm a Pear Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out on a Weekday Running Around

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sources: 1 Zara Cotton Blazer (www.zara.com), 2 J.Crew Vintage  V-neck Tee in Stripe (www.jcrew.com), 3 MiH Jeans Marrakesh Kick-flare Jeans (www.matchesfashion.com), 4 Madison Harding Ben Woven Sandal (www.madisonharding.com), 5 MADEWELL The Transport Tote (www.madewell.com), 6 Tory Burch Jordan Wire Hoop Earring (www.toryburch.com), 7 NARS Semi-Matte Red Lizard Lipstick (www.beauty.com)

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The top: The striped v-neck tee combined with that blazer from Zara (current obsession over here) is a great way for the Pear body type ladies out there to bring focus to the top half of the look. This is exactly what you want to do, and there are plenty of ways to pull that off without going overboard. A simple stripe and dramatic lapel combination does the trick in this case.

The bottom: These jeans are universally flattering for pretty much every body type and that includes the Pear body type. You want to hug your curves, they're fabulous and should be celebrated (right? let's start the revolution where women actually have great things to say about their bodies as opposed to the opposite), you just want the entire look to be balanced out. These jeans pull that off via the wash, the fit through the thigh (no added bulk, not too tight, just right) and then the slight flare at the hem which will draw the eye down past the hips and balance out the volume you have going on, on top.

The rest: Every girl needs a basic gold and silver earring that isn't a stud but also isn't a statement earring. They come in handy all the time when you want to go out during the day and need a little something to polish a look off or elevate things a bit from your run-of-the-mill basics-on-top-of-basics look. The red lip is a welcome pop of color back to the black and white going on. Why NOT wear a red lip during the day? Seriously? Why not have fun even if you're running an errand or picking the kids up, or just grabbing a cuppa (the recent overload of British lit is rearing it's head)? Just because your agenda is nothing all that new doesn't mean you can't mix it up a bit and make the mundane interesting. Right, all that from a red lip. Whew. On to the classic brown tote that you can carry your life in. It also happens to be the perfect travel tote. Finally, the sandal which can be swapped out for a brown ankle boot when fall comes around, or even a comfy black pump that also has that amazing invention, the pyramid heel. This heel is a go-to for SO many clients because it will add height (flatter) and is actually comfortable (kind to your foot as you walk from point A to point B). Fashion myth, no longer a myth. And, go.

The ONE thing you need to know about this look Pear body types, is that when it comes to the jeans, follow the guidelines here. You definitely want a solid wash, something that leans more towards dark than light, and none of that whiskering please, thank you (those little horizontal stripes at the hip crease denim houses put on distressed jeans). Extra pockets are off limits as well. The name of the game is streamlined because that's exactly what you want to do when it comes to your lower half so you can balance out proportions, flatter your shape, and then go out there and show it off. The red lip is going to help with that by the way. It's practically like wearing a super hero cape.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out Running Around Today

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Hourglass body types, here's a look that will upgrade any weekday look in 7 steps:

an hourglass body type looking for something to wear during the day

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sources: 1 Tucker by Gaby Basora Papa's Cover Striped All Wrap Jacket (www.my-wardrobe.com), 2 MiH Jeans Marrakesh Mid-rise Kick-flare Jeans (www.matchesfashion.com), 3 Geneva Wedge (www.needsupply.com), 4 Paul's Boutique Stella Leather Tote Bag (www.asos.com), 5 ACNE Wilde Black Sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 6 Kendra Scott Rochelle Ring (www.zappos.com), 7 Coach Leaf Chain Bracelet (SOLD OUT www.coach.com)

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The top: Hourglass body types, this top works for two main reasons, first, you're going to balance it out with the bottom half of the look or else it would be a little overpowering to your top half. Second, because it should hit only slightly below the waist and not run past your hips (i.e. don't use this as coverage for your bottom; why would you want to cover up one of your best assets anyway?). You're also going to want to pair this wrap jacket over a basic black or grey tee/tank. Either will do.

The bottom: These jeans are a fabulous shape for you to go for if you don't already have them in your closet. The wash here is dark, but you could also go with a medium, more distressed version when it comes to a daytime look. Overall, the shape of these jeans are going to flatter your hourglass proportions like none other, so make sure you have them as a go-to in your wardrobe.

The rest: If it's warm out, go with a sandal of your choice that is either black  or neutral. In this case, the wedge is both, but it's going to be covered up by the hem of the jeans so it's not a big deal. Put your energy elsewhere. You could swap that sandal out for a neutral (a beige or butterscotch would be ideal, and black would work but it's not the first choice as it is a little severe back to what it a warmer look) pump or boot.

The tote is a classic to have on hand. This is your workhorse tote that you can beat up during the day and will take the punches, not to mention, it will look good doing it.

Finally, the question we ALWAYS hear over here is, "what jewelry and accessories go with this look?" It's a great question and worth asking because a couple of small additions will elevate your style and update any look you can pull out of your closet. In this case, we went with a chain bracelet (depending on the fit of the jacket, this will either be covered completely, peeking out here and there, or a nice little accompaniment at the end of the sleeve), and a bold statement ring with a gold, vintage vibe. This is where you get to personalize, pick something you love, and throw it into the mix. It shows thought and makes instantly look like you know what's up when it comes to your personal style. The sunnies here glam it up a bit. Aviators would bring it into a more American-sportswear vibe, and Ray Bans would take it borderline 'hipster' (but to pull off full hipster you'd need a skinny jean of course). See? One piece can change it up that easily.

The ONE thing you need to know when pulling off this look for your Hourglass body type is, make sure with the wrap jacket, that you don't have too much volume in the way of extra fabric. The look is cozy, but it's still clean and it shouldn't come across like you're wearing a robe. Keep that in mind when you 're out and about trying on (or on-line browsing the virtual shelves of our Closet, link below). You will definitely always want to wear a heel with this one or your bottom half will struggle to stand up to your top half, read: proportions will be out of whack.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear This Weekend

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I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear This Weekend

Rectangle body types, here's a look that elevate your weekend look in 7 steps:

I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear This Weekend

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sources: 1 Tucker by Gaby Basora Papa's Cover Striped All Wrap Jacket (www.my-wardrobe.com), 2 MiH Jeans Marrakesh Mid-rise Kick-flare Jeans (www.matchesfashion.com), 3 Geneva Wedge (www.needsupply.com), 4 Paul's Boutique Stella Leather Tote Bag (www.asos.com), 5 ACNE Wilde Black Sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 6 Kendra Scott Rochelle Ring (www.zappos.com), 7 Coach Leaf Chain Bracelet (SOLD OUT www.coach.com)

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The top: Rectangle body types, the top half works for your mainly because it's going to add a bit of soft emphasis to your shoulders with the lapel on the jacket. The stripes are fine on your frame, and the wrap also works since you have a bit more volume on top that's going to allow proportions to balance out with the bottom. Side note: you're going to want to put a basic tee or tank on under this jacket to layer.

The bottom: The boot cut silhouette on these jeans is universally flattering, which means, it works just as well for a Rectangle as it would an Apple. The slight flare at the hem is going to add a bit of volume to the bottom of your leg which will balance out with the jacket on top. Win, win.

The rest: If it's chilly out, opt for an ankle boot instead of the sandal. Keep it clean, classic, and streamlined because really, you won't be seeing much of the shoe under the hem of the jean. A few accessories are always in order, and since you have such a strong neckline with the jacket, it's easy to go with a chain bracelet and statement ring. No need for a necklace that will get swallowed up or distract from the draping on that wrap jacket. The black frame sunnies are perfect for the look, but it all really depends on the shape of your face. These add a bit more of a 'glam' feel to everything whereas an aviator would make it a bit sportier. You've got options which is why having multiple pairs of sunglasses is always a good call. It's a simple accessory that can elevate any look in under a second. Top it off with an everyday tote and you're good to go.

The ONE thing you need to know: You could absolutely turn this into a casual evening look, going out to dinner, or whatever you're up to with just a couple of changes. Put the look on double duty for your Rectangle body type by bringing a great black tank into the picture, and layer it under the jacket which you can wear open. Swap a classic leather clutch in for the tote and bring some color to the face with a pop of color on your lips, one of the quickest tricks in the book when you want to amp up an outfit without going overboard.

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