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You are not too good for second-hand stores

You are not too good for second-hand stores
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“Whether you’re buying or selling, consignment shops can be your best friend. Sell last season’s key pieces and you’ll have a bigger budget to pick up some fun pieces for next season!” —Halcro

Stop trying so hard

Stop trying so hard
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“When people are constantly chasing the next trend, they can look like they’re trying too hard. It’s better to have a true, individual sense of style and for those of us who are navigating between work, family, friends and a social life, it comes down to balance. Dress simply and have great accent pieces.” —Morzin

Some people really should stick to the basics

Some people really should stick to the basics
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“For most people, it helps to stick to a basic colour palette, like black, grey, white, oatmeal and tan. Then you can get a little crazy—think metal, wood, bright patterns—with outstanding accent pieces.” —Morzin

Follow this advice on how to look smart, stylish and hip at any age. 

Wrap-style shirts and dresses are flattering on most body types

Wrap-style shirts and dresses are flattering on most body types
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“If you have an hourglass body type, look for styles and fabrics that reduce bulk and showcase your waist. Tailored pieces and stretchy fabrics that hug and accentuate your frame will bring out the natural lines of your hourglass shape. Look for blended knit fabrics and slimming neckline styles such as v-necks and scoop necks. A simple wrap dress is the one go-to piece a woman with an hourglass frame should have in her closet.” —Kristina Michniak, stylist and global apparel manager for Spreadshirt

Skinny jeans aren’t for everyone

Skinny jeans aren’t for everyone
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“If you have a pear body type, look for styles that elongate your figure to take the emphasis away from your lower body. You want to draw attention to your upper torso, and the best ways to do that are with pairing dark coloured bottom pieces with lighter shades and patterns up top. Think of bold patterns and necklines that have detailing like embellishments or ruffles. You should avoid skinny jeans and instead opt for boot cut or those with a slight flare. Showing your shoulders also helps in drawing attention upwards and balancing your top half with your bottom half proportions.” —Michniak

Don’t have a waist? Fake one.

Don’t have a waist? Fake one.
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“If you have a boxy (or apple) body type, the goal is to create curves and elongate your silhouette. Stay away from boxy loose fitting shapes and monotone colours on both top and bottom. Instead, select wardrobe pieces that have a strong emphasis on the waist and when in doubt wear a belt to give the illusion of a natural waist. An ordinary boxy sweater, when paired with a thick belt, can add instant curves to your body.” —Michniak

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Knowing what clothes you hate is just as important as knowing what you love

Knowing what clothes you hate is just as important as knowing what you love
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“Don’t be intimidated by fashion! Fashion is supposed to be fun and happy, not to cause stress. The key to finding personal style is to list—yes, write them down—items that make you feel comfortable and confident and the things that make you feel uncomfortable or just not yourself. The latter group? Don’t wear them! Not matter how trendy they are.” —Hernandez

Here are the 40 best hairstyles for women over 40. 

This season’s must-have is next season’s fashion must-never

This season’s must-have is next season’s fashion must-never
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“I don’t recommend buying a highly trendy item for a lot of money because in just a few months it’s almost guaranteed to be on the ‘OUT’ list next year. One example this season is embellished handbags. These fun bags with stars, hearts, moons and beading can be super fun for some nights out but really shouldn’t be a big part of your fashion budget. I’d look to stores like Zara for great versions at an affordable price.” —Hernandez

You have to try stuff on. Have. To.

You have to try stuff on. Have. To.
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“Whenever you think something looks good but you think you couldn’t pull it off, take it to the dressing room and try it on. Some of my most successful styling jobs started with a client saying to me ‘forget it, it’s not my cut, or colour, or length’ only for them to end up loving it after they tried it on. What do you have to lose?” —Hernandez

Here are 36 secrets your hair stylist won’t tell you. 

Only runway models look good in head-to-toe trends

Only runway models look good in head-to-toe trends
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“Most people should do trends in small doses. For instance, this season is all about velvet but you don’t have to go full goth or pimp to embrace it. Try it out on a small scale, like a velvet pump, a velvet skirt, or even a velvet corded necklace. Find a way to work it in a way that is right for you.” —Hernandez

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