The Joy of Dressing for Your Body Type – Alyssa Nelsen

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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

    SHOP NOW


  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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