Octavia Spencer has been a true style star this awards season, showing up in a series of monochromatic dresses in unusual colors like oyster and turquoise. “It’s a strategy that’s great for lengthening and slimming a curvy frame—without wearing black or navy,” says style expert Gretta Monahan. “She also knows just where a sleeve should end so it covers up fullness at the top of the arm but still shows skin. We’ll be looking to her for more style secrets in the coming months.”
CURVY STYLE TIP: Seek out memorable colors that you don’t see or wear every day. And don’t break up the look with clashing accessories or scarves—monochromatic is majorly slimming.
BEAUTY BONUS!: “Hair piled high slims your face and neck—and looks amazing in photos,” says Monahan.