How to look better in your clothes: Four TV styling tricks

how to look your best in your clothing

I’m a firm believer that when we look good, we feel good. A strong sense of personal style, a perfectly tailored dress or suit, even a killer pair of heels can empower us with confidence. We feel bold and assertive, ready to take on the world. But you don’t need to spend a lot—or anything for that matter—to capture those feelings. You just need a firm understanding of how clothing works on the body. I got a crash course in this during my time in TV news (image is part of the job), so allow me to share a bit of what I learned.

Look better in your clothes (without spending a lot)


Perfect your posture

My first tip doesn’t cost a cent. Posture matters! Have you ever seen a professional dancer walk? They carry themselves with such grace and elegance, they look stunning in whatever they are wearing. I might be 4’11 and change, but I walk tall. In fact, my hubby has said I look intimidating at times. (I think he means that in a good way?) To begin your path to posture perfection, give these techniques a whirl:

  • Imagine a string attached to the top of your head, pulling and lifting you up. You want your chin tilted almost imperceptibly upward (We want to project confidence, not arrogance).
  • Continue this “lift” through your core, tucking your belly in and allowing your rib cage/chest to rise.
  • Now it’s time to get our shoulders in the proper position. Relax, then roll your shoulders inward, forward and all the way around toward your back in a circular motion. You should feel a good stretch as they settle. Remind yourself to keep your shoulders down and back throughout the day.

 Peplum Detail Work DressSimilar Style  


Focus on fit


Don’t get hung up on sizing; a great fit is not about the number. Furthermore, we can’t really trust the number any more. Sizes vary wildly from store to store, and if you shop online, you’ll find even more discrepancies. I wear 4 different sizes! It all depends on the retailer. You want your clothing to elegantly skim, not to cling to your body.

  • When you are making a purchase bring 2 sizes of the same garment in the fitting room with you.
  • Try on both, then analyze your reflection critically. Just because you can squeeze into the smaller size, doesn’t mean you should. Likewise, overly baggy clothing is also a no-no. It can make you look sloppy, like you have something to hide.
  • Consider tailoring to get the perfect fit.

Small adjustments to a garment (including pieces you already own) can turn a zero to a hero! Since I’m quite short, I usually take up the hem and sleeve cuffs on most of my clothing. But remember, you can also nip in a waistline or narrow a sleeve. That’s why Hollywood stars look so great in their clothing! It’s made for their bodies. If you’re curious what tailoring will do to your outfit, use clothespins or take a few straight pins to make a quick adjustment. Peek in the mirror and consider… Hmm, does this improve your look? Tailoring takes time and/or money, but I have never regretted it.



Find the right undergarments


No matter how fit or toned you are, shapewear is your friend. In fact, it’s a must for today’s thin, stretchy, and body-con fabrics, as well as anything unlined like this purple dress. When I dress for on-camera work or an event, I almost always wear a pair of shaping tights. This is my go-to brand. They nip/tuck in all the right places, smooth curves, provide great support and camouflage any undergarment lines.While we’re on that topic, you also need to become BFFs with no-show underwear. I’ve tried all kinds and find this vanishing edge style works best. They’re a bit expensive, but 100 percent worth it! They are all I wear. If you wait for a sale, you can stock up for a decent price.


small changes to look better in clothing you already haveRuffle Detail Dress


Strategic shaping and shoe choices


Every body is different, so we need to look for the pieces that play up our unique features and figures. For me, that means hunting for styles with details that define/highlight my waist area like these two styles (when you are petite, it is easy to get overwhelmed by your clothing). I often use a skinny belt in a complementary color to add definition. Unsure what works best for you?

  • Go shopping with an honest friend.
  • Try on a variety of styles/shapes, then get their feedback.
  • You can also do this yourself, by taking photos in a full length mirror. Don’t look at the images until you leave the store and get home. By studying the images on your camera roll, rather than in person through the mirror, you are giving yourself distance from the process. You will find it easier to assess the looks honestly, as you would do for a friend.

Shoe choice is also important. Avoid styles that cut your leg line, like ankle straps, and consider a heel. I know a lot of people think they are difficult to manage, but they can work wonders for your look. A slight heel will draw out your body, helping you appear taller and thinner. You can never go wrong with a classic pump. Pointy toe styles are generally more flattering than round, because they elongate the leg line. You can also visually lengthen your legs by choosing shoes in a nude shade. The majority of my heels are nude. It’s boring, but effective!


About the dress: 


  • You will find my dress offered by a variety of sellers on Amazon. The fabric is nice, but unlined. It runs fairly TTS, just read the sizing guide carefully. My exact color sold out in a hot minute because it was listed at just $16 (you can still get it in gray for that price). I’ve found sellers offering the style for as little as $12. However, I’d be leery of jumping on the lowest price point because there are no reviews and it doesn’t appear the seller offers free returns. The option to try and return for free is important!

If you have any questions about these tips or dresses, please let me know in the comments below!

—Lindsay

Colorblock Work Dress 

25 COMMENTS

  1. GiGi Eats | 24th Oct 18

    You need to help me – BADLY! hahahaha! I don’t know how to dress for me, what so ever 😉 I am also self-conscious about my stomach (when not pregnant)!

    • laveremis | 24th Oct 18

      Well, I’ve read many of your blog posts GiGi and you always look polished and put together! 🙂 Dresses with an empire waist line (especially A-line styles) are always great if you’re not 100 percent confident with your stomach.

  2. Amanda Yorton | 24th Oct 18

    Amazing tips! Posture is EVERYTHING! I love that posture is your first tip! And those dresses look amazing on you!!

    • laveremis | 24th Oct 18

      I actually wanted to include an illustration (side by side comparison) of what this dress looks like when I don’t have good posture, but ran out of time. It’s pretty incredible how much it changes! Thanks for reading Amanda!

  3. Yanna | 24th Oct 18

    Above all things, I think that confidence is the most important factor to make any outfit work. Love your tips!

    • laveremis | 24th Oct 18

      I so agree Yanna. Confidence trumps everything else!

  4. Maartje van Sandwijk | 24th Oct 18

    These are great tips! I love that purple dress! It looks amazing on you <3

    • laveremis | 24th Oct 18

      Glad it was helpful! I am a big fan of bargain hunting, provided the items fit well. This dress fit that mold. Thank you.

  5. joanna | 24th Oct 18

    I agree that a great fit is so much more important than the size. It’s so annoying how sizes do change from retailer to retailer. I wear about 3 different sizes as well.

    • laveremis | 24th Oct 18

      Wouldn’t it be nice if there could be some kind of standardization? Thanks for visiting the blog Joanna!

  6. Janise | 24th Oct 18

    You look so tall for 4″11! These are great tips and I will definitely remember to correct my posture!

    • laveremis | 25th Oct 18

      Isn’t it funny how deceptive photos and TV can be? It’s one of the most frequent comments I get when I mean people in person for the first time. They usually lead with… “Man, you are SO short!” Awkward, but funny… Where do you go from there? Posture totally helps!

  7. The Tale of Mummyhood | 24th Oct 18

    You look fab and these are great tips x

  8. Emily Leary | 24th Oct 18

    Great tips. You look fantastic is every outfit.

  9. Kansas Bonanno | 24th Oct 18

    I’m so short I have the hardest time finding things that are flattering. Most of the time at work so when I’m home I just go with comfy and frumpy.

    • laveremis | 25th Oct 18

      You and me both Kansas! I’m under 5′ so it’s been a life long challenge, which is one of the reasons I blog. Short gals can have great style too. Thanks for reading!

  10. Helen Neale | 25th Oct 18

    What a great tips. I love wearing different clothes each day and this could be a big help for me to be more stylish.

  11. Preet | 25th Oct 18

    Thank you so much for posting this. I wish I was as talented as you are to pull off such a look.

  12. Ankana | 25th Oct 18

    The purple dress looks absolutely stunning and you look ravishing in the entire attire. Keep up the good work

  13. Marcie | 25th Oct 18

    I’ve been trying to work on my posture lately. It really does make all the difference and exudes so much confidence and authority!

  14. Megan | 25th Oct 18

    These are great tips! Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to look extra fab!

  15. Ashley | 25th Oct 18

    These are such great tips. I struggle with finding things that fit well in all areas, so when I do find something, I usually get the same thing in 4 different patterns and colors. I will have to try some of your tips to see if I can add some new items to my closet that are flattering.

  16. Ellie Plummer | 26th Oct 18

    These are some great tips. I especially like the one about trying on different sizes as different stores have clothes that fit differently.

    • laveremis | 28th Oct 18

      It really is crazy how much variation there is in sizing these days! Thanks for reading Ellie, glad it was helpful.

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