Beau­ti­ful for a gift-ex­change brunch

First For Women - - Style -

Start with your own pen­cil skirt…

For a fun af­ter­noon filled with girl­friends, food and presents, celebrity stylist Ali Levine ad­vises toss­ing on an un­der­stated pen­cil skirt. “This time­less style gives any out­fit posh pol­ish.” What’s more, the skirt’s sleek struc­ture and fit hugs hips and thighs, show­cas­ing curves while also con­tain­ing any bulges. And the added length from a high-waist de­sign and a be­low-the-knee hem di­rects the eye up and down for a more stream­lined sil­hou­ette. Levine sug­gests pair­ing the skirt with a top that en­hances shoul­ders and nips in at the waist. This ac­cen­tu­ates any vol­ume on top to help bal­ance out the straighter form on bot­tom. The re­sult? A beau­ti­ful hour­glass ap­pear­ance.

Up­date the look with…

PEPLUM BLAZER: A black jacket with a sub­tly fluted hem adds a curve-ac­cen­tu­at­ing fem­i­nine feel.

FIRST pick: DKNY, $129 (Ma­cys.com, Peplum Blazer)

DAINTY GOLD BRACELET: A knot­ted ban­gle high­lights a slim wrist.

FIRST pick: LC Lau­ren Con­rad, $14

(Kohls.com,

Knot Cuff

Bracelet)

PRINTED HEELS: Plaid print adds whimsy.

FIRST pick: Carol­bar, $29 (Ama­zon.com. Women’s Pointed Toe Sexy Plaid

Stilet­tos High Heels Pumps Shoes)

To look slim­mer in skirts...

Flat­ten the belly, shrink hips and thighs and keep skirts cling-free with a high-waisted shaper slip like Spanx Two-Tim­ing Half

Slip ($54, Spanx.com). Bonus: This slip is re­versible—one side is nude, the other is black—so it blends in with any skirt color.

Jen­nifer Lopez

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