Still, we were able to spot the styling tricks that’d work for women who don’t have a modeling contract under their belts. Even better, these 20 tips work with the clothes you already own. Consider them the best winter-survival kit, ever.
There’s a reason that peplums, waist belts, and overskirts are so flattering. Tap into all three by tying a long-length, patterned jacket around your waist (take it a step further, like Kaelen did, by matching the prints!).
Kaelen Photo Courtesy of Krupp Group
For evening gowns that are a touch too big, try cinching it with a body harness like the ones Zana Bayne made for Prabal Gurung. Pro tip: If the dress features a wrap bodice that’s too loose or draping that’s too cumbersome, a harness holds them in place, as well!
Prabal Gurung Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Create the illusion of an oversized collar by belting a flat scarf against your body.
Thakoon Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
To make jumpsuits a whole lot less intimidating, wear it with a solid-colored, neutral blazer.
Jen Kao Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Cold out? Wear two coats on top of each other. Make sure the inner one is buttoned and slightly longer. It helps if your outermost coat coordinates with your trousers!
The Row Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Layer two skinny belts on top of each other to create one thicker, color-blocked one.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Layer your gauzy white dresses on top of each other to crate an ethereal, mille-feuille look.
BCBG Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Can’t get enough print mixing? Don’t forget about your socks — it can be the bit of intrigue that’ll push your mix-and-match look to the next level.
Lela Rose Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
If you’re wearing a collared shirt, leave one crisp end of it untucked to peek out between your sweater and skirt.
3.1 Phillip Lim Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Skirts over pants is still an underdog trend looking to make some headway into our wardrobes. If you want to sink in slowly, try wearing a shirtdress over skinny pants and under a sweater.
Steven Alan Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Roll up the sleeves on your T-shirt into your coat sleeves. From wrist-length to bracelet-length to elbow-length and beyond, it’s an easy way to bring some continuity to your outfit.
Karen Walker Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Do pajama dressing with a twist by wearing a similarly patterned A-line dress on top of a slim-fit skirt.
DKNY Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
When every little layer helps, wear a pair of bike shorts on top of sheer brown tights (and under a skirt, too, obviously) for an ’80s peekaboo effect.
rag & bone Photo Courtesy of rag & bone
If you’ve got a shirt with more volume, restrain it with a slimmer-fitting shirt (or jacket) to make a faux peplum and arm ruff.
Suno Photo Courtesy of Suno
During the colder months, wear your short-sleeve knits outdoors with upper-arm length Cinderella gloves.
ICB by Prabal Gurung Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Don’t shove your cutout dresses to the back of your closet the moment the temps get a bit too cold to wear them. Slip a slim-fit shirt underneath — et voilà — it’s now a dress for all seasons.
Tanya Taylor Photographed by Erin Yamagata
If your one-piece jumpsuit needs a little zhuzh, or maybe a bit more coverage for the daytime, layer it over a button-up shirt. Choose one with a fancy, structured collar that keeps things extra interesting.
Rachel Comey Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
A pop of color can come from anywhere, but for winter, simply tuck a bright turtleneck beneath your ensemble for a bright burst. The trick also works double duty, as it’s also an extra layer of warmth.
Altuzarra Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
We’ve seen tons of wide, swingy skirts on the runway this year. But, for extra volume, wear a pair of almost-as-equally roomy shorts underneath.
Theyskens Theory Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Buttons up the front? Bah! Anyone can do that. But clasping just the back few buttons of your sweater will give your look a peek of subtly sexy skin…just be sure to button first and then slip the cardi over your head.
10 Crosby Derek Lam Photo: Courtesy of 10 Crosby
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