31. Minimize Your Waist with a Thicker Waistband It will pull you in a bit (so long, spillover!) and also help even out your proportions.
32. Go Beyond the Blazer You should already have your go-to tailored jacket. But a wardrobe of less formal toppers will help you look pulled together even on casual days. Opt for a leather jacket with wool trousers, a jean version over a silk shirt, or—stylists' favorite!—an army jacket over just about anything.
33. Master Menswear Don a pantsuit a la Bianca Jagger and you'll immediately stand up straighter. Anna Johnson, author of Savvy Chic, says "a waistcoat, a crisp pin-striped shirt, or a really big watch or cravat telegraphs power." Don't forget to balance it out with lipstick and taller shoes.
34. Make Friends with a Good Tailor Nothing raises the quality of moderately priced clothes more than having them altered to suit your shape. Build a relationship with a tailor or dressmaker who knows your body and your taste and you'll never look back.
35. Look for Twists on Classic Pieces The right tweak can turn a staple into a statement. Try tuxedo pants in a graphic print, a trench in silk, or the classic L.L. Bean tote in camouflage.
36. Don't Skimp On a T-Shirt Bra The right one will give you confidence and shape under those unforgiving tissue Ts.
37. Add an Element of Surprise Whether it's grosgrain with sequins, a motorcycle jacket over a formal gown, an oversize choker with an easy white T, or a vivid belt like Gisele Bundchen's, a touch of contrast makes good outfits great.
38. Recast Your Jewelry •Loop a chain through the clasp of a brooch (as we did, left). Suddenly, it's a necklace! •Wrap your chains or lariat around your wrist for a tough luxe bracelet. •Snap clip-on earrings onto flats for an instant evening shoe.
39. If You Have a Limited Budget, Spend It On Accessories "Cool shoes, interesting jewelry—those can really elevate your look," says stylist Isabel Dupré, who notes that a wardrobe of the right little extras lets you be more relaxed about the rest of your outfits.
40. Make Your Own Stylist Emergency Kit • Double-stick tape for loose hems or a gaping bodice • Tide To Go eraser pen for getting wine off whites, fast • Safety pins for allover damage control • Bra clip to control peekaboo straps • Lint brush or roller to run over your coat or woolens • Makeup sponge for removing deodorant stains