French Connection blue sweatercoat

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Debra Roberts
Age: 51
Yoga teacher in training

The fit-and-flare sweater-coat (French Connection, $258) gives Roberts an hourglass silhouette, while layered sleeves and a plaid shirt (Gap, $50) add oomph on top, where she needs it. A belt (Longchamp) worn slightly below the waist emphasizes the hips, and slim bootcut corduroys (J.Crew, $80) supply a little swagger. Roberts's verdict: "Cowgirl yet chic." Earrings, Irene Neuwirth. Necklace and bracelet, J.Crew. Ring, Kara by Kara Ross. Boots, Coach.

If you're small on top…
  • Dense, intricate knits add style and presence. You can afford the extra bulk.
  • A shirt with a breast pocket and a pattern instantly makes you seem bustier.
  • Using a belt to demarcate where top meets bottom is a quick route to curvy.