The Slimming Outfit Formula This Chic Italian Woman Always Uses

It's not that Giovanna Battaglia only wears one outfit formula (this woman surely has a wardrobe of gargantuan proportions), but there's a particular look she's been revisiting on repeat over the past few years, and we can see why: It's so damn flattering.

Let's flag one important point right away: The esteemed fashion editor doesn't need to pick anything particularly slimming—she's got the body of a dancer and has incredible, elegant proportions. However, that doesn't mean we can't learn something from her silhouette choices or assume that she'd overlook a pretty solid formula for what can be the most body-loving combination on the block.

So what is this magical solution, you cry? Well, it's all about a waist-nipping A-line midi skirt (whether wrap, pleated or otherwise) paired with a slim but not overtly hugging, sleeved top worn tucked in and with a pair of heels for extra lift. Whether you feel like you have a small waist or not, this combination of shapes instantly draws the eye to the slimmest part of your body.

It also does a little upper arm coverage for those of us who desire it, and as for the heels, that's a tried-and-tested trick if ever we saw one. No matter your shape or size, this Battaglia-approved trio is a winning one, we promise.

Go through the gallery to see just how much she leans on the look, and then shop for the essentials.

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Style Notes: Giovanna is known for her love of pink, and she's never afraid to wear it boldly and with a girlish approach.

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Style Notes: What's even better for defining your waist than a structured belt?

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Style Notes: Wearing one head-to-toe colour will instantly make you look taller.

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Style Notes: Pleated skirts are her essentials, and after years of popularity, they're still trending in stores, so you have plenty to choose from this autumn.

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Style Notes: Another day, another knife-pleat skirt and tee combo. Wear this into the winter with knitwear and tights.

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Style Notes: If you have a loose-fitting sweater you want to wear, simply tuck it into your waistband for a slim look.

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Style Notes: Pointed-toe courts are always the most elongating shoe option, even if they have a lower heel.

It's the same piece Giovanna has recently been pictured in.

The one piece you never need to spend a fortune on.

Make sure your tee isn't too plain when emulating Battaglia.

All fashion eds love black shades. Fact.

A classic you'll wear again and again.

And even dreamier…

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