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You can still be fun and flirty in your 30s, but your clothes should have a slightly more sophisticated feel and they should be more about your personal style than what's on trend at the moment. Check out our guide for more fashion tips.

By Colleen Cancio

Dressing younger doesn't make you look younger. In fact, it can have the opposite effect. What can you wear to look your best in your fifties?

By Meredith Bower

Most women aren't tall and slim with an hourglass figure -- they have rounder middles or broader hips. But those "apples" and "pears" get their own shape guides. How can you make the most of your figure if you're big on top, curvy allover or straight as a board?

By Julia Layton

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Much like putting on a sweater when it's winter and then shedding those heavy clothes for a sundress in summer, you can also think of perfume as a seasonal part of your beauty routine.

By Jill Jaracz

It's easy to look fabulous when you have stylists at your beck and call and huge bank accounts at your disposal. Yet -- with a little work and a lot less cash -- the rest of us can look just as fashionable as the celebs.

By Stephanie Watson

If you're predisposed to itchy eyes, headaches and respiratory irritation in the presence of strong fragrances, just walking downwind of someone who's wearing perfume could trigger a reaction. You may be allergic.

By Sara Elliott

A diamond may be forever, but costume jewelry is for right now. Where can you find the trendiest costume jewels to adorn your newest outfit?

By Meredith Bower

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Tired of office grays? Bored with a wardrobe jammed with near-identical pantsuits? Looks like the time is ripe to start flexing your accessorizing muscles.

By Tristin Hopper

Let's face it. Most of us aren't shaped like those skinny ladies who walk the world's runways. But that doesn't mean we can't look our best. How can you make your unique shape look spectacular?

By Patrick J. Kiger

Trying to find jeans that fit in all the right places is hard enough for most people, let alone for petites. What should smaller women look for to find that perfect pair of jeans?

By Laurie L. Dove

Like every body type, straight-figured ladies with no curves can have difficulty finding jeans that work just right for their shape. Dressing a boyish figure is a little tricky -- but not impossible.

By Meghan E. Smith

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Someone with an inverted triangle body type usually has broad shoulders and smaller hips, and it can be hard to fit a pair of jeans that fits. Should you look for pockets or no pockets? Boot cut or skinny?

By Melissa Sandoval

Unless you work for royalty or Liz Taylor, chances are the woman at the office Christmas party isn't wearing real diamonds. But can she pull off the fakes? What makes a good piece of costume jewelry and how can you wear your faux sparklers tastefully?

First date? Girls' night out? Slip into your favorite little black dress or your best pair of dark-wash jeans, but don't leave the house looking bare. How can you accessorize your evening outfits to fit your body and your style?

By Julia Layton

When you see some people out and about, it's hard to believe they have mirrors at home. Some fashion trends don't flatter the human form, and others probably only suit about 1 percent of the population, if that. It's time to let them go.

By Sara Elliott

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Does your bra fit? The answer for eight out of 10 women is "no," although they might not realize it. What qualities make a well-fitting bra, and how can you find your right size?

By Julia Layton

Iconic shoe designer Stuart Weitzman is well-known for his sumptuous style and sophisticated designs. So it should come as no surprise that he's also known for designing the world's most expensive shoes.

By Emilie Sennebogen & Danielle Fisher

If you love clothes but hate the hassle of visiting the mall, you'll love shopping for clothes online. With great photos and easy-to-navigate pages, finding a little black dress and actually having it fit once you get it home has never been easier.

By Sara Elliott

The fashion world may value slender women, but in the real world, women's bodies run the gamut, from thin to curvy and beyond. How can women with curves find fashions that work well with their body types? As the song says, accentuate the positive.

By Linda C. Brinson

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If ever there were a place to be concerned with appearances, it's at work. But when a dress code is as vague as "business casual," how does a woman know what's right and what's terribly wrong?

By Julia Layton

As the days get longer and the temperature rises, what items do you need to have in your closet to stay in style all summer long?

By Laurie L. Dove

When you've got the mother of all spotlights shining down on you, making some adjustments for outdoor lighting, ultraviolet rays and the accompanying heat is just good sense. These essentials will help you have fun in the sun.

By Sara Elliott

Summer calls for sandals! But how do you choose the right ones to flatter your feet and figure? And, are they always appropriate for every occasion?

By Debra Ronca

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Fake tans that are dreadfully obvious are never a good look. Put your tanning stress to rest with these simple tanning tips.

By Joelle Klein

Natural mineral makeup is a growing trend in the world of natural beauty products. Learn what fans and skeptics have to say.

By Joelle Klein