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Zac Posen, master of flattering the female form, in his New York showroom with some curve-enhancing works in progress.

Click through to see his essentials.

1. “A flowey, trumpet-shaped dress is so versatile—it can be ladylike with heels, laid-back with Keds.”

“A dress should be flirty!” says Posen, and his signature relaxed-chic style is very much that. “It’s not super-fitted but still grazes the body in a really flattering way—and the V-neck-tee neckline adds a nice, casual quality to it.”

TIP: “Wear it with pointy, ’90s-style stilettos or casual oxfords.”


2. “A ruffled top is all romance. It’s kind of an everyday version of a fancy dress.

There’s a natural femininity in clothing that has undulation, the way a ruffle does. This top looks pretty when you walk—it has movement and bounce, which always catch people’s eyes.”

TIP: “It’s like your basic button-down but so much more special.”

3. “Everyone needs a colorful tote to take even the most understated outfit to a fashion place.”

While the color and texture make a gorgeous statement, functionality is equally crucial, says Posen. “I think of this shopper as the Nouveau L.L. Bean tote shape. It’s roomy, lined in plastic—very practical!”

TIP: “It makes a great everyday—or even a baby—bag.”

4. “A boxy tweed jacket is timeless in a Jackie Onassis or Oleg Cassini kind of way.”

"In addition to its have-forever quality, a boxy, textured jacket is incredibly easy to wear. “Layer it over a T-shirt, or dress it up with a floral-print cami or dress,” says Posen. “It can replace your ordinary, normal blazer.”

TIP: “The boxier fit hides everything! Pair it with slim pants to create a leggy silhouette.”

5. “A floaty, to-the-knee skirt is sexy but also appropriate for when you have to visit the in-laws.”
Posen’s signature A-line skirt is fitted through the hip and flares out below. “You get the feminine, defined waist and—if you’re conscious of those lower-body areas—ease in all the right places.”