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10 Tips For Hot Fashion Savvy

You know how there are some women who just seem to get it right? All the time? Then are are those that, well, look like they got dressed in the dark.

Narciso Rodriguez - Spring 2005 Here are our top tips that can help you put the whole look together and give you hot fashion savvy.

  • Neutrals are always an easy option for a touch of class. Jazz up a neutral outfit with colorful accessories. Red shoes and handbag with beige, camel or black gives your outfit "interest". Monochromatic color, whether it's camel, brown or black, adds to the illusion of height and makes you look slimmer.

NO savvy wardrobe is complete without the LBD (that's little black dress for the uninitiated). Black is a universally elegant and flattering color on most women and the LBD can be dressed down or up, depending on your mood and where you intend wearing it. The LBD and pearls? Smashing!

  • Fashion savvy women buy clothes that FIT! (Savvy secret: yes, most of us have a range of sizes in our wardrobe!) Baggy clothing makes you look just that - baggy - and too tight clothing accentuates anything you're trying to hide.

  • Patterns are great in small doses and small patterns. Avoid large, vibrant patterns if you are looking for flattering style, or at least keep it to a minimum. The top designers are blending patterns with patterns these days, but it's tricky to get just right.

  • Pretty, lacy bras are a must-have, but not under clingy fabrics or fitted clothes. Choose a well-fitting, seamless, silky bra under contoured clothes for a smooth, sleek look. Same goes for panties. Silky, seamless panties that AREN'T TOO TIGHT prevent lumps and bumps in all the wrong places.

  • When buying pants, the most flattering cut for most shapes is a flat front and straight leg. To balance wide hips, look for pants with a slight flare from the knee down. Only wear baggy trousers if you've got legs that go on forever.

  • The A-line skirt is flattering on most figure types. Try to avoid a waistband if you're disguising a big bottom or tummy, or wear a longer shirt that doesn't need to be tucked in.

  • V-neck tops are flattering as they draw the eye down the body, making you appear longer and leaner. A top that sits comfortably just on or above your hips is the right length for most women. Vertical stripes are fine, but don't wear horizontal stripes unless you look like the barber's pole they came from.

  • A tailored jacket should have enough definition (read: padding) in the shoulders to give it a clean look without looking like you just signed up as the new quarterback for the 49ers.

  • Accessorize with style. Your accessories can make or break an outfit, so keep your accessories in proportion to your body size, and match the style and shape of your accessories to your overall look. Have fun with your accessories - add a touch of color to a monochrome outfit or jazz up a simple style with a bold handbag and matching shoes.