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The Joy of Dressing for Your Body Type

Now that the world is cautiously opening up again, getting dressed is no longer a theoretical concept for a far-off future. Small gatherings, unmasked park hangs (the CDC just announced that fully vaccinated people can shed their face coverings outdoors), IRL dates with the good texter from that dating app—whatever the situation, wearing clothes that make you look and feel your best will make this responsible socializing all the more pleasurable.

IF YOU WANT TO…

COVER YOUR SHOULDERS

Sure, a simple tee would get the job done, but a tailored piece (floral mini, polished button-down, the cottagecore dress of your dreams) earns bonus style points.

  1. Mirth Dress
    Mirth Dress goop, $270
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  2. G. Label Blau Button-Up Top
    G. Label Blau Button-Up Top goop, $325
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  3. Rhode Dress
    Rhode Dress goop, $455
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  4. How to Wear It

  5. TOVE TOP
    TOVE TOP goop, $305
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  6. TOVE TROUSERS
    TOVE TROUSERS goop, $330
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  7. Staud Bag
    Staud Bag goop, $295
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  8. St. Agni SANDALS
    St. Agni SANDALS goop, $202
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HIGHLIGHT THE DÉCOLLETAGE

Strapless, sweetheart, off-the-shoulder—opt for any neckline that puts those sexy collarbones on display. Up the ante with light-catching extras, like a diamond ear crawler or a generous dollop of luminizer.

CIAO LUCIA DRESS, goop, $395; GOOP x MEJURI PAVÉ DIAMOND DÔME HOOPS, goop, $650; KHAITE TOP, goop, $1,080; ARIEL GORDON NECKLACE, goop, $10,950; ANITA KO EARRING, goop, $2,525; VICTORIA BECKHAM TOP, goop, $790

ACCENTUATE YOUR
UPPER BODY

Draw the eyes north with aren’t-you-cute details, like faux-horn buttons, dainty ties, or a nipped-in empire waist.

  1. G. Label Carrie Chunky-Knit Top
    G. Label Carrie
    Chunky-Knit Top
    goop, $225
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  2. Ciao Lucia Dress
    Ciao Lucia Dress goop, $315
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  3. G. Label Bernadette Sweetheart Bustier
    G. Label Bernadette Sweetheart
    Bustier
    goop, $295
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  4. Ulla Johnson Dress
    Ulla Johnson Dress goop, $425
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COMPLEMENT THOSE CURVES

Shine a spotlight on an hourglass figure with a body-skimming tank or a pattern-happy dress that plays with proportion (a high neck has big “my eyes are up here” energy).

  1. Xirena Dress
    Xirena Dress goop, $334
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  2. Ulla Johnson Tank
    Ulla Johnson Tank goop, $175
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  3. Aish Skirt
    Aish Skirt goop, $350
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  4. Sea Dress
    Sea Dress goop, $395
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PLAY UP A PETITE FRAME

Never lacking leg room and having a lower center of gravity—Warrior III, anyone?—are just two benefits of being on the shorter side. Here’s another: Abbreviated hemlines are never a challenge.

  1. G. Label x Tabitha Simmons Cusco Mini Shirtdress
    G. Label x Tabitha Simmons Cusco Mini Shirtdress goop, $425
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  2. MOTHER jeans
    MOTHER jeans goop, $208
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  3. Anemos DRESS
    Anemos DRESS goop, $265
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  4. The Office-Appropriate Option

  5. Ganni SHIRT
    Ganni SHIRT goop, $155
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  6. G. Label Miller High-Waisted Pleated Shorts
    G. Label Miller High-Waisted
    Pleated Shorts
    goop, $325
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  7. goop x Mejuri Pavé Diamond Dôme Ring
    goop x Mejuri Pavé Diamond Dôme Ring goop, $550
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  8. Emme Parsons SANDALS
    Emme Parsons SANDALS goop, $395
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COVER UP THE LEGS

Whether you buy into the “skinny jeans are out” thesis (just ask any Gen Zer in your life) or not, give cool, straight-leg denim a go. Or go completely off-script with a swingy skirt or wider-than-wide-leg trousers.

NILI LOTAN SHIRT, goop, $495; G. LABEL ANASTASIA RACERBACK TANK, goop, $145; NILI LOTAN SWEATER, goop, $475; NILI LOTAN PANTS, goop, $375; G. LABEL CINDY PATCH-POCKET SKIRT, goop, $450; G. LABEL CALEB WIDE-LEG PLEATED CULOTTES, goop, $495

SPOTLIGHT THE STEMS

Balance the inherent sexiness of a thigh-grazing hem with extra
volume (puff sleeve, balloon sleeve—you choose) on top.

  1. Apiece Apart dress
    Apiece Apart dress goop, $345
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  2. Ciao Lucia Dress
    Ciao Lucia Dress goop, $345
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  3. G. Label Pearson Flared Miniskirt
    G. Label Pearson Flared Miniskirt goop, $325
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  4. Weekend Uniform

  5. BONDI BORN Shirt
    BONDI BORN Shirt goop, $575
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  6. BONDI BORN SHORTS
    BONDI BORN SHORTS goop, $350
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  7. Hereu TOTE
    Hereu TOTE goop, $400
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  8. Marni SANDALs
    Marni SANDALs goop, $650
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EMBRACE YOUR HEIGHT

Full-length skirts, sweeping hemlines, jeans that don’t require a trip to the
tailor—the world is your oyster. Save the sky-high pumps for a special
occasion; low flatforms or stacked heels are great for everyday wear.

  1. Lee Mathews DRESS
    Lee Mathews DRESS goop, $550
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  2. Ganni Dress
    Ganni Dress goop, $215
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  3. G. Label BLAIR JUMPSUIT
    G. Label BLAIR JUMPSUIT goop, $450
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  4. Khaite JEANS
    Khaite JEANS goop, $380
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  5. JW Anderson SKIRT
    JW Anderson SKIRT goop, $590
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  6. Victoria Beckham JEANS
    Victoria Beckham JEANS goop, $590
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  7. Clergerie HEELS
    Clergerie HEELS goop, $575
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  8. Clergerie SANDALS
    Clergerie SANDALS goop, $575
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  9. Clergerie HEELS
    Clergerie HEELS goop, $495
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FLATTER A STRAIGHT FIGURE

Flared midi dresses are made for you, wrap skirts hug your hips, and all manner of jumpsuits hang just right.

  1. Co Dress
    Co Dress goop, $1,095
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  2. Ciao Lucia Skirt
    Ciao Lucia Skirt goop, $295
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  3. G. Label Oerlemans Drawstring-Waist Jumpsuit
    G. Label Oerlemans Drawstring-Waist Jumpsuit goop, $495
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  4. G. Label Maverick Straight-Leg Jeans
    G. Label Maverick Straight-Leg Jeans goop, $295
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SHOW OFF YOUR ARMS

With soup cans or actual weights, you didn’t bicep-curl your way through quarantine for nothing. Show off the fruits of your labor with a flutter-sleeve dress or the sleekest halter this side of Y2K.

  1. G. Label TAMMIE BOW TOP
    G. Label TAMMIE BOW TOP goop, $375
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  2. Sea DreSS
    Sea Dress goop, $295
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  3. G. Label SETTLE HALTER tURTLENECK
    G. Label SETTLE HALTER
    TURTLENECK
    goop, $350
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  4. Ganni Dress
    Ganni Dress goop, $285
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