Despite being something that everyone does literally every day, getting dressed (or putting together an outfit, if you want to get fancy), can feel like the trickiest, most frustrating part of the morning. Who hasn't stood in front of a closet full of clothing and thought “I have nothing to wear!?” Rest assured, you're not alone in this daily conundrum. To that end, we consulted a panel of experts—top designers, style consultants, and retail pros—to demystify the act (art?) of getting dressed, once and for all.

1) Balance proportions
Obviously, you want to show off what you're proud of. One tactic? Add opposite volume, like wearing wide-leg trousers to offset a heavier upper half that's wearing something fitted. Distraction. If you're pear shaped, wear forgettable black pants, then bring the focus upward with a bold scarf.

2) Wear trends in an age-appropriate way.
You never want to seem like you're uncomfortable with your age and trying to look younger.

3) The right bra makes you look slimmer
if you're wearing a bra that fits properly, there will be no sagging or bulging—and your silhouette will look trimmer from every angle. 

4) Don’t be too matchy matchy
Strive to wear colors that enhance one another rather than "match" in the traditional sense. Diversifying your accessories, in both color and texture, is another do.

5) Show skin selectively
"Don't give people too many things to look at all at once," says Halbreich. "If you're wearing a low-cut dress, focus on the cleavage—you don't also need bare arms and legs".