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How to Work Your Shape Like Jessica Alba

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Stunning style starts with knowing your shape — and playing it up! Just look at the difference between Jessica Alba in an Alexander McQueen sack dress and a curve-hugging Dolce & Gabbana dress. The brand new August issue of StyleWatch (on sale now!) dishes expert advice on shopping and dressing for your body, using your favorite celebs to show what works — and what definitely doesn’t. Here’s a few more tips and tricks from fashion pros to help you find your perfect look:

“The right seams can find the small parts of your body and accent them, whether it be a seam under the bust or in the hip. Seams can create curve and shape for your body.”
-Sam Saboura, author of Real Style: Style Secrets for Real Women with Real Bodies

“Be honest with yourself. Find something that works for you and don’t be afraid to buy ten of it in every color. Dressing well is less about following trends than finding what looks good on you.”
-Danica Lo, author of How Not to Look Fat

“For each of us there is a place just above or below the knee where our legs look their longest and leanest. Know your length and don’t be seduced by seasonal lengths that aren’t flattering for your silhouette.”
-Kendall Farr, author of The Pocket Stylist: Behind the Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look

“I tell women that a piece hanging on a hanger can look very different on your body. And every designer fits differently so you always have to try it on before you buy. If you buy a piece of clothing and it slightly doesn’t fit in some areas, don’t hesitate to take it to a tailor.”
-Alison Deyette, co-founder and Style Director of