When keeping it casual, the perfect pair of jeans is a must. Unless it's for a costume, stay away from the pleated, stonewashed monstrosities of yore. Choose a dark wash in a boot cut or a slim fit. Layered camisoles or tanks look more polished than graphic tees. Cardigans and pencil skirts are universally flattering. Bright flats or biker boots give off a street-smart vibe. And a well-fitting jacket ties any look together -- you can rarely go wrong with cropped denim or a leather bomber.
The little black dress is a wardrobe staple, but feel free to experiment with cocktail dresses in colors that enhance your skin tone. Flesh-tone pumps with a hidden platform lengthen your legs. Form-fitting sheath or bandage dresses suggest sexy sophistication. Pair an attention-grabbing metallic or sequin top with black skinny jeans and booties. You can play with trends when it's party time, but stick to cuts that flatter your figure.
Put your professional wardrobe to work. Splurge on a tailored suit in a flattering neutral that you can pair with other tops and bottoms. Fill your closet with office-appropriate basics like blouses and slacks, then punch them up with thoughtful accessories. Add funky buttons or brooches to a blazer or combine a string of pearls with metallic chain necklaces. For smart and sassy footwear, try stacked loafers or high-heeled oxfords.
Playing With Fashion
You're still young enough to use the fashion magazines as inspiration. But steer clear of cuts and prints that are too youthful; they can make you appear older. Rock that mini with opaque leggings, or pair a bolero with a slinky slip dress. Avoid overexposure -- when showing off your gams, keep your cleavage under wraps and vice versa. And choose well-fitting lingerie and foundation garments to give your body a stellar shape under your fly gear.