The Summer Outfit That's Universally Flattering

When she's not working with big names like Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Hudson and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional's perspective.

Every woman should have a handful of foolproof outfit combinations that lend a flattering look every time. Whether it's a simple denim-and-duster combination for autumn or today's slimming summer outfit, every season you should have a go-to look that makes you feel your best. The one warm-weather combination I always recommend to my clients is a dress that cinches at the waist, like an A-line silhouette, stylish espadrilles for some height and comfort and a great pair of sunglasses to polish off the simple look. It's an effortless outfit that flatters all body types and makes for a stylish summer look.

Scroll down to shop the essentials you need to create the universally flattering outfit.

A-Line Dress

An investment piece that will be so worth the price.

Wear this colourful and summery dress to any upcoming BBQ or outdoor party.

You'll never regret snapping up a dress from Self-Portrait.

I love this simple shape for any occasion.

A bold pattern never looked so good on any other dress shape.

Pairing the floral print with the ruffles makes this dress oh so feminine.

An under-£50 waist-cinching dress that goes with any shoe choice.

With the one-shoulder statement and wrap style, this dress does not disappoint.

Espadrilles

Transition these shoes from day to night with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans.

I would also pair these with a colorfully embroidered blouse.

Pair these nude espadrilles with your favourite denim shorts for the best beach outfit.

Any Parisian blogger would approve of this summer staple.

The combination of rope and leather is just enough to elevate a casual look.

This nude strap will create the illusion of beautiful long legs.

I've been loving the platform style for summer.

Sunglasses

This structured shape will flatter any face shape.

You can't go wrong with a classic gold-and-tortoise pairing.

These chic lenses would look great with a one-piece swimsuit on the beach.

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