Best Bet: Zara’s Slimming High-Waisted Skirt

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High-waisted pants are difficult to pull off — somehow, they manage to make even the most svelte among us look slightly stumpy. (Perhaps we've also been scarred by Jessica Simpson's cautionary high-waisted jeans phase.) High-waisted skirts, on the other hand, tend to have a demure, lengthening effect. This cotton-linen version flatters your curves without being of the unforgiving body-con variety. The double-buckle waist and center seam create a slimming silhouette, and the warm gray hue pairs well with black, brown, or tan shoes.

High Waisted Skirt with Buckles, $79.90 at Zara or online.