Feeling more frumpy and less fashionista? Wish you had your own stylist to coach you on what to wear (and what not to wear) to make your bod look fab?

Toronto fashion consultant and president of Better Styled Inc. Erin Nadler and Vancouver stylist Claudia Da Ponte share the flattering pieces no woman's closet should ever be without.

THE DARK JEAN

Choose boot-cut or straight-legged cuts - Nadler says they're the most flattering. Stay away from low-rise jeans (especially if you're trying to avoid "muffin top") and go for a mid-rise cut that sit a few inches below the belly button on your hips.

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OUR PICK: HIGH RISE FLARE JEANS, $79.95, AT GAP

PERFECT SHOE

The perfect pair of shoes make an outfit shine, and can also give a woman confidence. Plus, shoes are a great way to try out trends without worrying about whether they flatter your body or not. (We're talking to you, peplum.)

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OUR PICK: LEATHER BOOTIES, $198, AT BANANA REPUBLIC

SWEATER GIRL

Sweaters are the mainstay of many women's wardrobes, but sadly they are too often dreary and mishapen. Pick sweaters in trendy shades that cling in the right places and are forgiving in others.

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OUR PICK: SHORT SLEEVE BOW SWEATER, $74, AT BANANA REPUBLIC

SHOW IT OFF

If you've got a slim waist, but are curvier all over, a belted dress is the best way to highlight your hourglass figure and hide your flaws.

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OUR PICK: PURPLE BELTED SHEATH, $175, AT BANANA REPUBLIC

THE STATEMENT NECKLACE

Great jewelry can be very personal, says Da Ponte. "It's important to find a bold piece and use it to develop a signature look." A statement necklace can also transform an outfit from casual to posh. "A colourful, detailed necklace is on every fashion insider's must-own list, season after season," says Nadler. Not only is a great accessory the easiest way to update your wardrobe, it can also draw attention up to your face, elongate your torso and minimize a big bust.

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OUR PICK: NAKAMOL CHICAGO NECKLACE, $89, BETTERSTYLED.COM FOR INFO

THE RIGHT STRIPE

It's true that horizontal stripes are not for everyone, but if you're petite and seeking to add some feminute curve to your frame, stripes are the way to go.

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OUR PICK: STRIPED TIE WAIST DRESS, $124, AT BANANA REPUBLIC

THE THICK BELT

"Choose a belt with a little stretch nylon at the back because it helps pull you in, and go wider rather than thinner - it tricks the eye and will make you look smaller," says Nadler.

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OUR PICK: BRAVE BELTWORKS BELT, $130, BETTERSTYLED.COM FOR INFO

THE STRUCTURED LEATHER BAG

"A handbag should express your personality, and complete and complement your look without taking away from your outfit," Da Ponte says. "It should also be big enough to hold whatever you need throughout the day." Avoid big slouchy shoulder bags and wee clutches. Go for something structured, and don't be afraid of colour.

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OUR PICK: LEOPARD BOWLER, $310, AT BANANA REPUBLIC

THE BODY SLIMMER

You probably already have one (or more) of these slimming camisoles in your wardrobe. "It's perfect for minimizing a muffin top or disguising a post-baby midsection," Nadler says. "A slimming tank is perfect for the layered look, or with a hint of lace, it works under a suit jacket," she says.

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OUR PICK: GERRY WEBER TANK, $69, BETTERSTYLED.COM FOR INFO

THE BLAZER

When you buy a classic blazer there's one thing you can be sure of - it will never go out of style. As an investment piece, the black blazer can be dressed up or down with ease. "Paired with a fitted dress and pumps, or overtop a striped tee and jeans, it's an essential," says Nadler. Choose a hip-length jacket for a sophisticated look, and go for a fabric that has structure.

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OUR PICK: ZIP POKET JACKET, $124 AT BANANA REPUBLIC