Plus Size
Melissa King
Age: 32
Occupation: Mother

King has a crush on this cuddly yet polished knit wool coat (Magaschoni, $698). The fit is important: easy but not baggy (tentlike garments make larger figures look bigger). Similarly, the A-line dress (Christopher Fischer Cashmere, $325) skims rather than clings and carves her waist with a built-in sash. Glittery jewelry near the face (necklace, available at Jennifer Miller) takes the focus away from problem areas—a trick King learned from her mother: "She always asks me, 'Where's the sparkle?'" Watch, Cartier. Ring, Dean Davidson at Supplements NY. Tights, Falke.

If you're bigger…
  • You need structure. Think knits with fairly defined shoulders, narrower arms, controlled volume.
  • Belts and sashes keep your figure from looking boxy.
  • Related tones, rather than huge color contrasts, create a sleeker line.

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