How to shop the classics: Your personal stylist

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A leather jacket is a classic, and it's important to choose the right color, shape and neckline. (Macys)

A leather jacket is a classic, and it’s important to choose the right color, shape and neckline. (Macys)

You’d think the classics would be easy to shop for. They may not always be on trend, but the classics are always fashionable. But with so many choices, it’s often an arduous task. Here are some tips on what to look for so you enjoy shopping, look classic and always fabulous.

The leather jacket

A leather jacket is a must, always on trend, perfect for pairing over jeans and a T-shirt or finishing off a dress. When searching for the right style there are a number of factors you should check. First, look for a cut that has shape and contour, avoiding anything boxy or bulky. Next, the neckline of your jacket is important, the most flattering will be unobstructive. Whether it’s a draped or notched lapel, you don’t want the collar to interrupt the neckline of the top you wear underneath.

Lastly, color is imperative. You may think black, brown and gray are neutrals and work for anyone, but not all neutrals are created equal. Black will be a great choice if you look best in deep or bold colors. Tan or brown is best if softer colors and patterns flatter you. Gray on the other hand is one of those neutrals that work for most color palettes. You can pair black or brown with gray, bold or soft colors.

The lower cut and sleeker style bootie is more flattering than the taller wider style. (macys.com)

The lower cut and sleeker style bootie is more flattering than the taller wider style. (macys.com)

Booties

The bootie isn’t going out of style any time soon. Choosing the right style to flatter your leg line is so important. The wrong style worn with the wrong pants can ruin your look. The best style of bootie is one that hits right below your ankle and fits close to the skin. This bootie can be worn with any style of pant be it boot-cut, boyfriend, skinny, straight or ankle.

If the taller, wider style appeals to you just make sure that the bootie doesn’t hit at the widest part of your calf and that you wear a jegging or legging

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The boyfriend jean

This baggy distressed style isn’t flattering for everyone unless you know what to look for. Choose a style that’s more fitted, silhouette skimming and slightly tapered at the bottom. This will flatter a feminine shape more than a baggy, boxy style. To find the right length, you should be able to roll them twice and have them hit no higher than the top of your ankle.

An A-line cut for a dress or skirt will flatter any body shape while you want to avoid a boxy style. (macys.com)

An A-line cut for a dress or skirt will flatter any body shape while you want to avoid a boxy style. (macys.com)

The dress

At one point in your life, you’re going to need to wear a dress. So what style will best flatter? I can tell you what doesn’t: the square, boxy and baggy. Whether you have a body shape you love or places you want to hide, the A-line shape is the most flattering. The waist-line will compliment or create a feminine focal point while the A-line flare compliments and camouflages hips while flattering legs no matter what their length or shape.

You want to wear a cardigan style that is shapely. Avoid any boxy or baggy style that hits at the hip.  (macys.com)

You want to wear a cardigan style that is shapely. Avoid any boxy or baggy style that hits at the hip. (macys.com)

The cardigan

There is nothing more classic than the cardigan. Whatever your personal style, a flattering cardigan should always be in your closet. The most flattering cardigan is the drape style fitting high on the sway of your back and draping forward to fall a few inches below your waistline.

You never want your cardigan to be wide and boxy or bubble out and then back in at the hem. And you do not want the hem to hit you squarely at the widest part of your hips but either on top of your hips or below at mid thigh.

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