Fashion writer Robin Givhan: 

It’s difficult to understand why certain color combinations wallop the emotions with startling impact. It’s hard to explain why some fabrics and silhouettes make a woman feel as if her beauty is effortless. And ultimately, it may be impossible to figure out precisely why certain clothes can make a woman feel smart—as though she has deciphered a riddle that eludes most everyone else or avoided a trap into which others have stumbled.

[Photos L-R: Nathalie Lagneau, Catwalking / Getty Images; Dominique Charriau, WireImage / Getty Images; Chris Moore, Catwalking / Getty Images]

Fashion writer Robin Givhan

It’s difficult to understand why certain color combinations wallop the emotions with startling impact. It’s hard to explain why some fabrics and silhouettes make a woman feel as if her beauty is effortless. And ultimately, it may be impossible to figure out precisely why certain clothes can make a woman feel smart—as though she has deciphered a riddle that eludes most everyone else or avoided a trap into which others have stumbled.

[Photos L-R: Nathalie Lagneau, Catwalking / Getty Images; Dominique Charriau, WireImage / Getty Images; Chris Moore, Catwalking / Getty Images]