Forgive me, all past and future boyfriends, for I have a confession to make: one of the most glorious parts of dating you is having access to your closet.

Let me clarify. Of course I date you for other, less closet-related reasons. And of course, I love to get all dolled up in LBDs as much as the next girl. But there’s seriously nothing like peeking into your closet, finding that just-worn-in-enough, just-boxy-enough item of clothing (ideally a sweater, bonus if it’s cashmere), and calling it a day.

Only problem: said boyfriend sweater requires, well, said boyfriend. So what’s a single girl to do? Peep these tips, of course.

The Fitting Room

Know what to look for. The perfect boyfriend sweater is:  a) long enough that you can either tuck a bit of the front into relaxed jeans or wear it as a tunic, and b) loose enough that it simply hangs off your body.

Don’t be afraid to shop men’s. To find the right size in men’s, start with the size you normally wear in women’s – so if you’re a women’s small, choose a men’s small – then size up or down accordingly. (Yes, you can find boyfriend sweaters in women’s. It’s just not quite as fun.)

Choose a V-neck. The bit of exposed skin keeps things exciting.

Keep proportions in mind. When styling, always pair with fitted bottoms – think skinny jeans, leggings, or shorts. The rest is up to you. I love pairing with broken-in skinnies, a few long necklaces, and ankle boots (similar, here). Another current obsession: a heather grey, baby-soft (or chunky ribbed) boyfriend sweater paired with black leather anything (a la Heidi Klum).

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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January 28, 2013

Sneakers

You’ve heard it before – new year, new fitness regimen. But before you hightail it to the treadmill, make sure you’re outfitted with kicks that fit with help from these quick tips.

Learn Your Foot Type. The best way to discover whether you have flat or high arches (or lie somewhere in between)? The wet test. Pour a layer of water onto a cookie sheet, step into the water with a bare foot, then step onto a piece of heavy paper. Decode your results and peep the full how-to here.

Then Outfit Accordingly:

High arches. This means you likely roll your feet out, or underpronate, when you run. Look for running sneakers that offer cushioning or flexibility.

Flat feet. Your feet probably roll inward (or overpronate), which means you’re best off with running sneakers that offer motion control and stability.

Normal (or medium) arches.  You can wear just about any shoe (jealous!), so take your pick of the litter – and have fun with colors, trends, and styles.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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January 7, 2013

The holiday season is a bit of a conundrum to me – a time when glee and glutton go hand in hand, but you’re expected to look ravishing in gloriously fun sequined dresses the day after you’ve feasted on three (totally worth it) servings of the best turkey you’ve ever eaten in your life.

If only we had a magic button that made enjoying all of the season’s treats (and looking gorge in that Christmas party dress) as easy as pie, huh? Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find said button. Instead, read on for ways to “fake” your most ravishing self for the season’s many RSVPs. Don’t forget – half of it is in the confidence.

Get a blowout. Yes, you can do your own hair, but a professional blowout will last through an entire night’s worth of pictures. So worth it. Pop into a blow-dry-only spot like Blo Blow Dry Bar (in seven states and Canada) and drybar (in six states) before your event, and emerge happy.

Freshen up your makeup. Get your makeup done – for free – at a store like Sephora or Bloomies. It’s suggested that you purchase a product after, but not required. Don’t want to schlep to the store? Try a bold cat eye and red lip.

Go bronze. It’s no secret that a tan makes you look instantly slim. Skip the bed and try airbrush, or pick up one of my favorite products: LORAC’s Body Bronzing Luminizer. It goes on like a lotion, washes off in the shower, and gives that covetable, just-back-from-St.-Tropez bronze we all crave.

Choose red. Black? So slimming. And so safe. Red screams confidence, and you’ll be amazed by how good you feel when you slip it on.

Try draping. Expertly draped dresses are an easy way to hide problem spots, and look Grecian-goddess pretty while you’re at it.

Wear SPANX®. Did I even have to mention this? Their Tight-End Tights® make you look a size smaller, I swear.

Pick the right heels. Wearing black tights? Try black heels. Bare legs? Choose nude pumps. Your gams will look plenty lean – and miles long.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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November 5, 2012

Coat season. Why, hello – here you are. And with you? The fear of looking overly bulky in your layers. But we promise: it’s possible to appear slim and streamlined in that coat no matter your shape, thanks to these quick fit tips.

Disguise a tummy… with a coat that’s relatively straight or slightly A-lined. Avoid oversized buttons and anything that nips too much at the middle. But don’t be afraid to have fun – the leather detailing on this number keeps it on-trend.

Flatter your curves… with a knee-length coat that ties at the waist. Single-breasted coats are particularly flattering – especially if you have a larger bust.

Boost a boyish frame… with detailing like toggles, buttons, and pockets. This straight look-at-me red number has plenty of flattering detail – and the fur at the hood makes it uber cozy.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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October 15, 2012