Every Kim Kardashian Outfit Has To Fulfill 3 Of These 5 Qualities

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To every season, Kim, Kim, Kim.

That's one of the many reasons some of us (hello!) love her. Regardless of the time of year, current trends, or TV-show monologues, Kim Kardashian West embodies only her best self, dressing in what she loves and what she looks powerful in. And that’s reason enough to want to emulate her — or, at the very least, use her aesthetic to justify adding to ours.

So here’s how you can embody the majesty of our favorite mom, knowing you only ever need to check off three of the following at any one time. Kim K for life.

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1. Tight
I know you’re very shocked at this recommendation, so please take a minute to collect yourself before we continue. Your tank top should be tight. Your T-shirt should be tight. Your dress should be tight. Your long-sleeved turtleneck should be tight.
And it’s a lot, I know, but take a breath (since you may not be able to later if your outfit is as snug as some of her dresses are). “Tight” isn’t a brand, and it can be part of a bigger picture. Ease into it with a snug-fitting turtleneck and high-rise vintage jeans. Layer a dress with an oversize bomber. Pair a large knit sweater with an ankle-length tube skirt. This is your house. You’re the captain now.

Proving her maternity style knows no limits, Kim rocks a nude, tight, and long ensemble while on an outing to Barneys.
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2. Long
Excess fabric is frightening, regardless of whether it’s part of Yeezy seasons one through pi or whether it's in the spirit of Kim K’s Alice + Olivia velvet number worn back in September. But dial down the anxiety and consider this: To channel the majesty of Kardashian, balance the abundance of hemline by keeping part of your dress or skirt fitted, whether above or below the waist. Remember that when Kim takes the long road, she’s not decked out like an extra on Little House on the Prairie — either her pieces are fitted or her neckline is low. The '90s are back, but none of us needs to return to afternoons in ankle-length skirts and button-up blouses. (Or: shout-out to everyone else who dressed tragically in 2002.)

Kim is back at it with her fearless pregnancy style in this tight, long, Victorian-like gown.
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3. Nude
First of all, I mean the fabric tone. (So stop it.) Second of all, this one’s easy: Choose a fabric that matches your skin tone, and then bask in the expressions of people who think you’re not wearing anything at all. So take that, family-this-Thanksgiving.

In a glitzier take on the nude, sheer, and long combination, Kim looks positively glamorous at the Vogue 100 Festival in London.
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4. Sheer
Here’s the thing about wearing sheer pieces: Just do it. As we recall, the '90s were chock-full of lace and mesh, and we all know how pre-Y2K-centric our wardrobes have become — particularly over the last two years.
But the thing about Kim K is this: She takes risks. Over the course of autumn, we saw her in everything from a sheer bodysuit paired with Adidas tear-aways (#1998) to floor-length lace, capitalizing on the Victorian thirst of F/W. Plus, it’s not like you have to sentence yourself to exhibitionism should you not be super into it. Like Kim, you can pair something ultra-sheer with nude pieces worn underneath (as she did at Paris Fashion Week in a gown by Olivier Rousteing), or you can layer a sheer tank with a contrasting bralette or bra — remembering, of course, that if somebody’s bothered by your vibe, that is entirely their problem.

The tight, sheer, and long formula takes on a whole new meaning in this over-the-top red carpet getup.
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5. Victorian
Gather ’round and repeat after me, friends: The Victorian trend doesn’t mean any of us needs to dress like Jane Eyre if petticoats aren’t your thing. Instead, look upon Kim’s quote from back in August in which she sang the praises of corsets, which she swore were comfortable.
“It’s just super-cute and different and just easy and effortless,” she said. “I don’t want to overdo it, but I like so many looks that I’m just like, whatever, I’m going to wear it until I get tired of it.”
And, TBH, she looked super-comfy back in September in jeans and a corset during Kanye’s Miami stop on his Saint Pablo Tour. But if you’d rather walk into the ocean than wear a corset in any capacity, rest knowing that the Victorian trend transcends underwear. Chokers, lace detail, vintage slips worn as dresses, velvet, and dark, dramatic tones are all part of the 19th-century revival. Or, in the words of myself to a Banana Republic sales associate yesterday: “I’m just trying to dress like a sad, old ghost.”

Kim looks as regal as a queen in this Victorian-inspired, long, sheer dress.
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So...ready to play?

Kim manages to balance sheer, tight, and long with the lampshading trend in this shiny outfit.
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This lingerie look features a tight slip with sheer lace detailing, topped with a long, silky robe.
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With this intricate lace turtleneck, Kim does Victorian, sheer, and tight all in one look.
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Pairing a long, sheer dress with a nude, oversized coat? Genius.
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Even back at the 2013 Met Gala, Kim stuck to her formula, opting for a tight, long, Victorian look.
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Kim can never go wrong with a tight, Victorian, sheer combo.
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During Paris Fashion Week, Kim K stuns in a long, sheer, tight dress at the Balmain show.
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Sheer, tight, and long make for a jaw-dropping Met Gala moment.
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Though sheer, tight, and nude may be one of Kim's riskier combinations, she keeps it classy with this (somewhat) modest look.
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Velvet has made a number of comebacks since the Victorian era, but naturally Kim's take on its recent revival is also tight and long.

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