Heels have plenty of highs, but the lows―pain and suffering―keep many women in sensible shoes. Now, thanks to the trend of sturdy and stable platforms, wedges, and stacked heels, taking the high road just got a lot more comfortable.
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I Wish I Could Wear White Pants, but I’m Not a Size 6
After Labor Day? Before Labor Day? Doesn't matter. You simply don't wear white pants. But try a bootcut style with a wide waistband and average-size pockets, pair with heels and a flowy top for a long, lean silhouette, and you'll want to wear white all year round.
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I Wish I Could Wear Jersey Dresses, but They Cling to Curves
Jersey (typically a silk or cotton knit blended with a stretchy synthetic) tends to hug rather than hide contours. But curvier figures can wear these soft and comfortable clothes, as long as the fabric skims and doesn't squeeze the body. An Empire waist with a fuller A-line style will do the trick.
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I Wish I Could Wear Skinny Jeans, but I’m Not 25
Women of any age can pull off skinny pants. Just keep the outfit sophisticated and well proportioned. Wear a billowy top to camouflage hips. Add a cropped jacket or a cardigan for a more refined look.
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I Wish I Could Wear Button-Downs, but They Gape and Pull
The button-down is the most modest member of the shirt family―until it pops open to reveal cleavage. One clever company, Rebecca & Drew, has a solution: shirts and shirtdresses in bra sizes (34C, 36D, etc.), as well as in regular and long lengths.
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I Wish I Could Wear Strapless Dresses, but I’m Too Flat-Chested
To some, strapless translates as "shapeless." But a dress with pleats or gathers on the bust or a neckline that dips in the center will give the illusion of a fuller bust. Also, many designers add a silicone strip or an interior strap (like that on a bra) to help keep the garment in place.
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I Wish I Could Wear Backless Tops, but I Need a Bra
Back-baring clothes are flattering and cool for summer. But for many women, going braless is out of the question, and some styles are so low that even a convertible bra will show. NuBra to the rescue! Made of self-adhesive silicone cups (sizes A to D) linked by a front closure, it offers real support without straps for up to 50 wears.
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I Wish I Could Wear Flats, but I’m Too Short
There are ways to create the illusion of height without teetering on five-inch stilettos. Proportion your clothing (shorter tops with long bottoms, longer tops with short bottoms) and show a bit of leg to visually lengthen your frame. Try lean Capri pants (no longer than midcalf) or a skirt that hits just above the knee.
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I Wish I Could Wear Shorts, but They’re Too Casual
Instead of dresses and skirts for work, try knee-length shorts (often available with matching jackets) in office-appropriate neutrals and stripes, and fabrics such as tropical wool and crisp cotton.
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I Wish I Could Wear Sleeveless Tops, but My Arms Aren’t Toned
You have the right to bare arms―regardless of their shape or size. Look for a top or a dress with a high neckline and armholes cut inward (similar to the cut of a racer-back tank) to showcase your shoulders and collarbone. Exposing this area not only is flattering but also keeps the eyes away from the upper arms.