If total strangers assessed your wardrobe, what would they say? How many of you would get a thumb's up in the sexy department? That's not to say that you should have red lingerie and vinyl minis dangling from every hanger. The question is, do you have pretty things at your fingertips to wear when you want to sass it up a bit? Whether it's a first date, your 10th anniversary or your first autumn brunch, every woman should have a few things in her closet to make her feel flirty. Here are some easy ways to add oomph to your wardrobe.
Fitted, feminine cardigans replace the vintage "granny chic" look from last year. This season's sweater is a sexy "secretary sensation." Wear it over a lacy camisole, or wear it over... nothing. The sneaky peek of skin you'll be revealing will turn an otherwise dull outfit into a knock-em'-dead ensemble. Available in jeweled versions, cropped versions and wrap versions, these naughty knits can be worn with pencil skirts, tailored pants and dresses. This is one sexy trend that you can't ignore. You can find the seductive selection seen here at BananaRepublic.com.
Daring Dangling Earrings
If pearls and gold studs are all you have in your jewelry box, it's time to make a trip to the store. Dangling earrings are the perfect start to the new you. Worn with anything from a tight black turtleneck to a strapless dress, dangling earrings are simply sexy. Wear them with your hair pulled back and some shiny gloss for your next night out. You'll even be able to distract your man from the football game he bet on.
You know that silky pink camisole you got at your wedding shower? It's time to take off the tags. What gave you a good laugh when you received it will give others a good gasp when they see you sporting it under a fitted jacket or V-neck cardigan. It's not slutty, it's not for "other girls" and it's not..."not you." These days even the skimpiest, sheerest items pass for feminine, stylish and sexy when paired with the right garments.
What better way to express your inner sex goddess? Yes, high heels are sexy; there is no doubt about it. But there's nothing sexy about tripping on shoes that you can't walk in. If stilettos make you klutzy, then make hearts skip a beat by wearing knee-high boots with skirts and dresses, or animal-print pumps. Go subtly sexy with shoes that have lace-up detailing in the back. (Skin-baring shoes like strappy sandals, sling backs and peep toes are no-brainers.) And if you've come this far, you may as well go all the way: Try them with fishnet stockings.
Everyone has jeans in their closet. But the baggy and ripped jeans that you wear for gardening do not qualify as sexy. Sexy jeans should make you feel skinnier, taller and more confident. They're the kind of jeans that have you walking with a little more confidence and a bit of swing to your hips. They should be fitted and a little bit longer in length so you can wear high heels and platforms with them. And they can be worn with anything from tight tanks to loose-fitting tunics. As long as they're worn with attitude.
Racy Wrap Dress
Jersey wrap dresses sound scary initially, but they can actually be quite flattering and sexy. Most wrap dresses these days have strategic rouching to hide your anxiety-causing areas. If your belly is your concern, the wrap dress easily camouflages that area so you look trim and narrow at the waist. Small-boob issues? The wrap dress serves to enhance bust size because of its cinched waist. Feeling too busty? Now is the time to flaunt your cleavage. Just get the right bra. With so many great figure-flattering undergarments available, there's no reason why every woman shouldn't have at least one wrap dress hanging in her closet. Worn with sandals and sunglasses for a casually sexy look or with heels and layered necklaces for a dressier event, this will become a staple of your closet.