“Women don’t always have time to think about how to put things together. Color combination can be a challenge.” Solution? Choose separates that use black and white in varying textures and designs to make the look more appealing.
When it comes to accessorizing, designer Josie Natori has easy-to-follow rules. “One big piece is great, maybe a big ring and earrings, but nothing else. If you look like a Christmas tree, you’ve gone too far.”
“First, you have to strip down and assess yourself. If you’ve got a great back, show it. If you don’t have great arms, cover them,” said Chicago-based designer Maria Pinto who knows a thing or two about the first lady’s style. She’s a big advocate of the sheath dress, which works “from the morning until you’re done at the end of the day.”
The designer calls the tunic “just the perfect quick way to look pulled together. It works no matter your shape and size.” What to wear down below to temper its boxy fit? “Skinnier pants to accentuate the proportionality,” says the pro.
“Be careful where your waistband hits. If the band hits too low and creates a rollover, then avoid something fitted on top.” With high-waisted pants, shown here, “you can hide a tummy, create a slimmer middle and really lengthen the look of your frame.”
Speaking about the jumpsuit she first designed in the 60s, the designer explained, “once you find one you like, you understand the efficiency of having a one-piece item that you can accessorize or wear as is.”