If you’re like us, after spending months in loungewear, you’re ready for a more fashion-forward, figure-flattering upgrade, but don’t want to spend a ton of cash to get it. These affordable, stylish wardrobe additions will give your fall style a boost — and disguise your “problem areas” too!
Keep scrolling for our picks to upgrade your fall style and feel amazing, all without breaking the bank.
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Trim your torso with a navy jumpsuit.
According to stylist Michael O’Connor, who’s worked with Eva Longoria and Amy Adams, a dark blue jumpsuit is the new little black dress! “Not only does the color make trouble spots recede, but the one-piece style typically comes with body-beautifying details like a V-neck to ‘trim’ the torso, a tie belt to cinch the waist, and long, wide-leg pants to conceal jiggles and direct the eye up and down for a slimmer silhouette.”
Slim your torso with a tweed moto jacket.
“An edgy moto jacket gets a chic and feminine makeover when combined with tweed,” says Del Russo. Even better? Together, the attention-grabbing fabric and torso-framing fit offer 360 degrees of body-beautifying benefits. “The fabric’s grid-like design camouflages belly rolls and back fat, while the jacket’s vertical zipper and hip-hitting style ‘elongate’ the torso for a svelter-looking upper half.”
Hide belly bulges with a faux fur vest.
Three reasons to love the soft, fuzzy vests that are everywhere this season, according to stylist Eric Himel, who’s worked with Ali Larter and Rachel Brosnahan: One, they add a touch of glamour to any look-dressy or casual; two, they easily skim over and mask trouble spots without adding visual bulk; and three, says Himel: “The style’s open, mid-thigh design optically elongates the figure for a slender silhouette.” He advises looking for a vest with dark “fur” to trim the body even more.
- Available in 9 different colors
- Comes in sizes S through 4XL
- Reviewers say it runs small, so size up
A burgundy turtleneck sweater, gold dangling earrings, and a gold bangle complete this glamorous look. Top it off with a belt buckle fedora like this one from Lisianthus (buy on Amazon, $17.45) to add flair and protect hair from the fall breeze, and pull on a pair of thigh-high chunky-heeled boots like these from Dream Pairs (buy on Amazon, from $38.99). Your fall style will be on point!
Lengthen legs with faux leather skinnies
The luxe fabric may be notorious for its lack of give, but today’s faux leather pants boast stretchy fabric and built-in compression technology that acts like shapewear! “Not only do they conform to the body, but they also smooth jiggles and ‘contour’ from thigh to calf, so legs look longer and leaner,” says stylist Dawn Del Russo, who’s worked with Vivica A. Fox and Rachel Bilson. Even better? “The fabric’s light-reflecting sheen detracts from any lingering lower-body flaws.”
- Rayon/nylon/spandex blend
- Hand wash
Throw a belted poncho over these, to help legs look thinner in comparison while the small belt reins in fabric. We love this one from Moss Rose (buy on Amazon, $32.99). A white T-shirt, long silver necklace, oversize black sunglasses, and black handbag complete the look.
Whittle your waist with an olive blazer.
Sure, a blazer offers a light layer to help keep you warm during chilly autumn days and nights. “But the classic nipped-in ‘jacket’ is a terrific way to define the waist without being too tight or confining,” says Himel. “And whether worn open or buttoned up, the lapels act like an arrow that points to and showcases the smallest part of the torso.” Tip: Cuffing the sleeves of a blazer draws focus up and in to accentuate the waist even more. And one in a neutral olive color pairs well with closet staples like a white blouse or a pair of dark jeans.
- Soft, 100 percent cotton knit fabric
- Hand wash, dry flat
- Side pockets
A white button-down shirt, skinny jeans, a brown leather belt, and a silver watch complete this classic look. For footwear, try a pair of strappy ankle sandals like this pair from Madden Girl (buy on Amazon, from $10.99).
Slim your legs with cropped flares.
A more modern take on bell-bottoms, today’s flared jeans bring the hemline up to the ankles-packing the style with a big slenderizing punch. The reason? The cropped length shows off the thinnest section of legs while the fluted hem adds a touch of width at the bottom to balance out fuller hips and thighs, says stylist Anna Katsanis, who’s worked with Jessica Chastain and Sarah Paulson. What else helps: jeans that come in a medium blue wash (it creates a clean line that “lengthens” legs) and a frayed hem (it adds visual interest to further detract from hips and thighs).
- Available in medium or light wash
- Zip fly with button closure
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.