Yvette Nicole Brown, 42

Photos: Chris Craymer

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Yvette Nicole Brown, 42
Body Type: Full-Figured
"My style is defined by comfort," says Brown, who plays the outspoken Shirley Bennett on Community. "I like clothes I don't have to pull or tug on. I want to be able to walk when I'm 80, so no stiletto heels—I wear them on the red carpet only till the photos are taken, then I switch to flats. I like dolman sleeves because you can't tell where you end and the fabric begins. And I'm in a battle royal with Adam Glassman over harem pants, because I love them and he does not. Harem pants are like a dolman top for your bottom."

What She Knows Works for Sure
Pencil skirts ("They're perfect for the curvy girl because they hug the hips and taper to the knee, so your bottom half doesn't look like a big mass of body"), Lane Bryant's Cacique bras, NYDJ jeans and V-neck tops ("I used to not let the girls see sunlight, but a V lifts them up").

O Creative Director Adam Glassman's Take

A full-figured woman needs to make sure she doesn't fall into the boxy top, boxy bottom trap. Instead, wear formfitting pieces like this Christopher Fischer knit top and Eloquii pencil skirt. Nicholas Kirkwood wedge heels add height without discomfort.

If you're full-figured...
Embellishments are not your friend. Skip ruffles and frills in favor of simpler pieces.

Invest in a good bra and shapewear, so you have a sleek foundation for your look.

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Beauty Bit

Even no-fuss types can appreciate the pulled-together effect of a well-groomed brow. Dolce & Gabbana Shaping Eyebrow Pencil ($45; SaksFifthAvenue.com) enhances your arches in a flash.

Sweater, Christopher Fischer, $198. Skirt, Eloquii, $68. Bracelet, Rivka Friedman. Earrings, Alexis Bittar. Shoes, Nicholas Kirkwood.