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Looking good is all about making the most of yourself. If the mirror takes a step back when you look into it, don't make excuses. Learn to work your wardrobe to your advantage. Look better today with these basic style rules.

The style basics

  • Recognise your assets and choose clothes which flatter this part of your body.
  • Show off your breasts OR your bum , never both in one outfit.
  • If you have love handles or a round tummy , wear textured fabrics and wrap-around tops.
  • If you have a short or wide neck , wear tops that are open at the neck, rather than high or round ones, to lengthen and slim your neck.
  • If your clothes are too tight , you'll look fatter not thinner; straining fabric is a style no-no.
How to wear colours
  • Only wear shiny fabrics and bright colours on areas that you are sure can stand up to being in the limelight.
  • If you have sallow skin, dark circles or bags , don't wear black near your face, it only draws attention to it.
  • Combining black with bright colours makes the black look boring and the colours look cheap.
  • If you're petite or of larger build , avoid a dramatic contrast between top and bottom as this will cut you in half.
Your bra
  • Always make sure your bra is lighter or the same colour as the clothes you're wearing.
  • If you have big breasts - it's essential to wear a bra that fits you properly; a good bra will lift the boobs and give definition to the waist.
  • Balcony bras look great on girls with large chests.
  • Avoid thin back straps unless you are totally fatless or you will end up with unsightly back bulges under your clothes.
  • If you have small breasts - spaghetti straps will offer enough support. it's all right to show the straps off under spaghetti strapped tops and dresses, as long as the bra is pretty.
  • If you want to create cleavage , wear 'chicken fillets'.
  • Small breasts look good in bras with 'chicken fillet padding' and a draw-string front.
Your knickers
  • Wear flesh-coloured underwear under white, light or see-through clothes.
  • If a skirt is see-through but not figure-hugging, opt for big, flesh-coloured knickers rather than a G-string.
  • If you have obvious cellulite on your bum , avoid G-strings at all costs when wearing thin fabrics.
Making the most of accessories
  • If you've got a large chest and you're embarrassed to show off too much flesh in a v-necked top, wear a large necklace to cover the area.
  • Never wear a scarf or necklace over the top of a roll-neck jumper.
  • Don't wear long pendants that nestle in your cleavage if you have big boobs.
  • If you have a double chin or your face is chubby, opt for longer earrings.
  • If you have a short neck , avoid large, choker-style necklaces.
  • Chunky costume jewellery is a stylish way to add colour and individuality to your outfit.
Choosing the right pair of shoes
  • If you have thick ankles , don't wear delicate, strappy heels, ballerina-style shoes or ankle straps which cut across the ankle.
  • If you have skinny legs, avoid thin, teetering heels or they'll look like they're going to snap under the weight of your body.
  • If you are pear-shaped , avoid dainty kitten heels.
  • Trousers and jeans should fall to the bottom of the heel.
  • Black shoes look best with darker colours - don't wear black shoes with light-coloured clothing unless they are extremely dainty.
  • Don't wear black shoes with bright colours as they make your outfit look cheap.

Compiled by Abbie Fereday based on BBC's What Not to Wear programmes.

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