8 outfit formulas that work on every body type, every time
Neons + Neutrals
Bright-color-phobes, take note: With an earthy army green, vibrant hues are far less shocking but still so much fun.
Splendid tee, $68; splendid.com. American Eagle Outfitters pants, $49.95; aerie.com. JustFab bag, $39.95; justfab.com. Golden Thread necklace, $135; goldenthreadshop.com. BaubleBar bangle, $34; baublebar.com (20% off with code REDBOOK20). T+J Designs bangle, $42; tandjdesigns.com. Ring on left hand, Moon & Lola ring, $34; moonandlola.com. Rings on right hand, from top, Melinda Maria, $25; melindamaria.com, and Kelly Wearstler, $85; kellywearstler.com.
White lace + black leather
Pairing a girly item with a tough one is sexy in a sophisticated way—plus, a boxy top over a fitted skirt is all kinds of flattering.
Melanie Auld earrings, $65; melanieauld.com. H&M blouse, $24.95; hm.com. Mango cami, $39.99; mango.com. Ann Taylor skirt, $109; anntaylor.com. Dolce Vita heels, $49; lulus.com (20% off with code REDBOOK20).
Low-key pieces + fancy accessories
The brilliance of this luxe bag and love-'em-forever booties? They make a simple T-shirt dress—and any other basic piece—look like a gazillion bucks.
Gap dress, $49.95; gap.com. Loft necklace, $34.50; loft.com. Calvin Klein belt, $50; Macy's. Vince Camuto bag, $248; vincecamuto.com. Cole Haan booties, $278; colehaan.com. Luv Aj ring, $55; luvaj.com.
Floral + tweed
A cozy (but still quite elegant) jacket takes a pretty summer dress all the way into fall.
Line & Dot jacket, $149; thelineanddot.com. Club Monaco dress, $199; clubmonaco.com. Chloe + Isabel earrings, $28; chloeandisabel.com. Melinda Maria ring, $35; melindamaria.com.
Sporty + sexy
When a cute boyish piece like this soft sweatshirt meets a super-girly one, things are guaranteed to be flirty.
Aerie jacket, $39.95; aerie.com. Henri Bendel necklace, $128; henribendel.com. BCBGMaxAzria skirt, $158; piperlime.com. Melie Bianco clutch, $68; meliebianco.com (25% off with code REDBOOK25). Nissa ring, $68; nissajewelry.com (25% off with code REDBOOK25). JustFab heels, $39.95; justfab.com.
Volume + …more volume!
A loose shift like this lets you breathe and still comes off as cool as can be. Equally oversize go-withs, like this bangle and bag, raise the chic factor further.
Zara dress, $59.90, and cuff, $15.90; zara.com. Quel Object bag, $58; quelobjet.com. Clarks wedges, $120; clarksusa.com.
BEAUTY HINT: When showing your legs, give them a sexy sheen with a dry body oil. Try Jergens Shea Beauty Oil, $9.99.
White clothes + white accessories
Swathing your whole body in creamy shades is fresher than head-to-toe black, but just as figure-forgiving.
525 America sweater, $148; 525america.com. Sorrelli earrings, $30; sorrelli.com. Kitsch necklace, $32, and ring, $9; mykitsch.com. Joa skirt, $55; lulus.com (20% off with code REDBOOK20). R.J. Graziano bangle, $45; rjgraziano.com. H&M pumps, $34.95; hm.com.
A print top + a matching bottom
It's an insta-outfit with benefits. Worn together, a top and pants in the same print look cohesive and cute… and then you can wear 'em separately, too!
Top, $128, and pants, $128; frenchconnection.com. Sorrelli earrings, $30; sorrelli.com. Simply Vera Vera Wang sandals, $59.99; kohls.com. R.J. Graziano bangles, $25 (left wrist) and $35 (right wrist); rjgraziano.com.