With the holiday season upon us, there will be plenty of ops to show up and show out. But if 2017 wasn’t exactly #gymgoals and the thought of dressing up for a crowd has you stressing, don’t.
Style expert Niria Portella (@niriaportella) who's worked with celebs like Zoe Saldana, Gina Rodriguez and Adrienne Bailon has all the tips to make you look snatched in seconds—no restrictive shape wear necessary.
1. Embrace a High Waist
High waisted pants, jeans and skirts hit at the smallest part of your middle, making you look smaller. Anything that hits below your belly button accentuates your widest part and, thus, makes you look wider.
2. Slip on a Side Panel
Dresses with darker side panels and a lighter bodice create an instant hourglass. Stay away from clingy sweater dresses that can make you look boxy and shirtdresses whose buttons cause unflattering pulling.
3. Bring the Focus Up
Sweaters with jeweled necklines or collars or bold statement necklaces draw the eye away from any rollitos and up toward that pretty face.
4. Give Stripes a New Spin
Aysmmetrical stripes, cut on a bias, are the most figure-flattering way to wear the timeless pattern.
BCBG Max Azria Women’s Isabella Knit Asymmetrical Striped Wrap Dress, $198, amazon.com; Vince Camuto Asymmetrical Stripe Top, $79, nordstrom.com; B Collection by Bobeau Stripe Asymmetrical Front Cardigan, $78, lordandtaylor.com
5. Go Monochrome
Wearing nude heels that match your skintone creates a longer, leaner look. Or, try matching your tights to your shoes: black on black, brown on brown, etc.
6. Buckle Up
A medium-sized, waist-cinching belt worn over a dress, sweater or jacket in a contrasting color (say, a pretty metallic over black) breaks up a look by giving your bod some definition. Just stay away from too-skinny belts that will just cut right into your chichos; a one-inch width is a safe bet.
GAP Haircalf Leopard Belt, $34.95, gap.com; H&M Waist Belt with Metal Plate, $17.99, hm.com; Banana Republic Suede Trouser Belt, $48, bananarepublic.com; Zara Thin Belt with Carved Double Buckle, $19.90, zara.com; GAP Braided Belt, $34.95, gap.com; Ann Taylor Medium Leather Trouser Belt, $49.50, anntaylor.com
7. Try a No-Brainer
One of the most flattering, curve-enhancing looks is a dark A-line or pencil skirt with a waistband that hits right above the belly button and with a bright colored blouse.
J. Crew Ruffle-Neck Silk Top, $88, jcrew.com; Banana Republic Ombré Lace Midi Pencil Skirt, $118, bananarepublic.com; H&M Crêped Blouse, $29.99, hm.com; Banana Republic Eyelash Pencil Skirt, $128, bananarepublic.com; J. Crew The 2003 Washed Silk V-Neck Tank, $78, jcrew.com; Banana Republic LIFE IN MOTION Wrinkle-Resistant Stretch Neoprene Pencil Skirt, $78, bananarepublic.com