Half the battle in stylish dressing is mastering the fit. That's part of the reason that shapewear has become an industry in and of itself. It's so popular there are even girdle-type briefs for men and pregnant women.
The Problem: Many women with a big bust have trouble wearing a classic button-down shirt. The buttons gape. The plackets pull. And the shirt always looks ill-fitting.
The Solution: The answer is not just about the right bra; it's about supportive shapewear. Start with a Bali Powershape Cami, $35.20 from JC Penney. It is a firm control camisole that sculpts the bust line like a bra, but also slims the middle and eliminates dreaded "back fat." Look for ones that have full cups and underwire, so you're propped up.
The Problem: Pencil skirts are a wardrobe staple, but if you have a body with a small waist and fuller thighs they can be tough to pull off.
The Solution: We've all heard about the magic of Spanx, but no one wants to wear shapewear over their tights -- some women say it feels too encumbered. Thankfully, Spanx has updated its High-Waisted Tight End Tights, $38, so you get all of the thigh-trimming benefits of compression and none of the bulk of layering your hosiery with shapewear. Getting tights with control top is not the same thing. Spanx actually provide maximum shaping right below the bra line, through the thighs and rear.
The Problem: Fashion experts say layering is always a smart way to dress, but not if you have a fuller torso. On those with a fuller torso, it can look bulky or sloppy and made the model on "GMA" this morning appear 10 pounds heavier than she is.
The Solution: The SkinnyShirt, $68, is a faux-collared shirt made of woven fabric that mimics the classic white button-down look. It's made of a stretchy, knit fabric that smoothes and slims your midsection. Bergamotto said it will help you look polished, not lumpy, and helps you style off about 10 pounds.
The Problem: Melissa, our model this morning, is in her 40s and loves to be in her jeans, but does not love her muffin top. She doesn't want to resort to mom jeans, so how can she eliminate that back bulge?
The Solution: Bergamotto recommended starting with the Wacoal Embrace Lace Hi Waist Shaping Brief, $56, to whittle the waist while shaping the rear. They are made of a sheer, powernet mesh that extends high on the waist all the way up to the bra line. Bergamotto said the effect is a seamless, smooth finish. She added these are not the Granny panties everyone fears; they have a lace overlay with floral embroidery that make them feminine and flattering.