Styling Tips from Professionals

By Sam Escobar

Did you know you can figure out how jeans fit — without even trying them on?

Navigating the ins and outs of style can be tricky, but with these simple stylist-recommend tips, you’ll be a certified fashionista in no time.

1. Find out if a pair of jeans fits without a trip to the dressing room.

Ready for a mind-blowing fashion hack? According to Lauren Edelstein, Style Director at Shopbop, all you need to do to determine whether or not a pair of jeans will fit is to wrap the waist around your neck — if the ends meet without overlapping (or stretching), they’ll fit your waist. “The neck trick is one I was skeptical about, but it really works!”

2. Make any outfit look great with just three key pieces.

Hate complicated fashion trends that only seem accessible to models and actors? It takes just three items to make literally any outfit look great, according to The Ambitionista’s Heidi Nazarudin. “A face-flattering pair of classic sunglasses (preferably black), a gorgeous everyday leather handbag, and a smart pair of shoes you can easily walk in.”

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3. Test the waters of a bright color via lipstick or accessories first.

Anyone can wear patterns and bright colors — but if you’re afraid of them, Nazarudin recommends wearing them as an accessory before you invest in a clothing item: Instead of trying on a bright citron-colored blouse, you can go for a cuff or bracelet, or even a lipstick.”

4. A cowboy accessory can take the place of traditional jewelry.

Neckerchiefs can take the place of a statement necklace if you want a warmer alternative to jewelry accessories for fall and winter. “They’re bold, bright, and eye catching, too, but feel a little more special,” says Edelstein. “And bonus points if you pick a vintage one!”

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