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Fashion Basics

Build a well-balanced wardrobe: the basics to buy, the mistakes to avoid, and the rules to follow (or ignore).

Underneath It All

10 Simply Sexy Bras
Something for everyone, no matter her size: These styles will solve wardrobe conundrums and look beautiful to boot.

How to Store Bras and Lingerie
Opening up a beautifully organized drawer of lingerie each morning can be one of life’s small pleasures. Here’s how to straighten out a tangled mass of straps, hooks, and unmatched fabrics.

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6 Fashion Trends That Never Go Out of Style

For every flash-in-the-pan fashion moment there is a chic and timeless look, like these.
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The Essentials of a Well-Balanced Wardrobe

Fill your closet with wardrobe essentials from five basic "clothing groups," and you'll never again ask "What should I wear?"
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A Guide to Buying Wardrobe Essentials

When to save and when to spend.
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Mom’s Style Do’s and Don’ts

“Mistakes” according to your mom, anyway.
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Shopping Tips

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How to Find Comfortable Shoes
Relief at last! Foolproof tips on picking comfortable pumps, flats, and sandals.

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How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse
Are you a chronic impulse buyer when it comes to clothes? Try these three steps and conquer buyer’s remorse forever.

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Wardrobe Basics Checklist

Use this checklist to build a strong foundation of timeless, versatile pieces.

  • Black tank A white tank has its place—at the gym or on casual outings—but a black one is more universal. Dress it up with dark jeans or a skirt.
  • Short-sleeved white T-shirt White tees become unwearable quickly, so skip the costly designer versions and buy a bunch of good-looking inexpensive ones. Then replace as needed.
  • Short-sleeved black T-shirt The best short-sleeve length is about 1/2 to 1 inch longer than a typical cap sleeve—it shows just the right amount of arm.

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