The Key To Showing The Right Amount Of Skin

Click through to see which outfits expose just the right dose of leg, midriff, décolletage, and more.  

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Tip 1: If you show off your legs, make sure your décolletage isn’t on display.

Get The Look: Blue Life Halter Two Slit Dress ($141) in Aztec Stripe 

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Tip 2: Add polish to a pair of short shorts with a sharp jacket.

Get The Look: Haute Hippie His Girl Friday Jacket ($595) in Buff; Alice + Olivia Pleated Flutter Shorts ($198) in White

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Tip 3: A low-cut back offers a flirtatious counterpoint to a high neckline.

Get The Look: Solace London Elin Jumpsuit ($160) in Black

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Tip 4: Try an ankle-grazing dress with a simple, eye-catching cutout detail.  

Get The Look: Mara Hoffman Waist Cutout Tea Length Dress ($328) in Black

 

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Tip 5: Here’s how you show some skin and still look perfectly put together.

Get The Look: Helmut Lang Square Cutout Dress ($530) in Black

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Tip 6: Play up your gams by wearing a sophisticated mini dress with a longer overcoat.

Get The Look: DKNY Oversized Satin-Crepe Trench Coat ($895) in Lemon; BB Dakota Elga Sweater Dress ($105) in Navy

 

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Tip 7: Look for a deep V-cut dress with a modest hemline. 

Get The Look: Carmella Renata Dress ($764) in White

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Tip 8: Pair a boxy crop top with high-rise pants to reveal only a sliver of your stomach. 

Get The Look: A.P.C. Atelier De Production Et De Création Cropped Striped Cotton T-Shirt ($135); Diane Von Furstenberg Dani Crepe Tapered Pants ($325) in Off-White

 

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Tip 9: Pair a sexy yet polished top with pants or a midi skirt to avoid showing too much skin.

On Aldridge: T by Alexander Wang Crepe Low V-Neck Tank Top ($375) in Ivory

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Tip 10: Show off your shoulders, keeping the rest of your look low-key and casual. 

Get The Look:  ASOS Off The Shoulder Top ($23) in Black; Carven Cotton-Blend Tweed Shorts ($430) in Off-White

 

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