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Trends & your body shape

Written by Faye Larsen on March 9th, 2012.      0 comments

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the proliferation of new ranges hitting the shops, here's our handy breakdown of the key trends for Autumn/Winter 2012 and more importantly, how to make them work for your body shape. If you need help identifying or clarifying your shape and would like some more tips on how to dress it to your best advantage, then book in for a Style Analysis session with us.
Glam Ladylike Glamour Taking its inspiration from the 40's, a pencil skirt is a staple of this trend and a good option for ladies with a H-frame (straight up and down figure) looking to add some shape and create the illusion of a waist. If you're an X-frame (hour glass with small waist and proportionate shoulders and hips) and too curvy to pull off a tight midi skirt, a printed day or tea dress is a good alternative. A wrapover style always works well for those with an ample chest. However if you’re lacking in that area, or an A-frame (commonly referred to as the pear shape, with a narrow top half and wider hips, thighs and bottom) looking to detract from your lower half, choose designs with ruffles, frills and detailing up top. Finish off the look with pearls, a neat structured handbag, faux fur trim on cardigans or coats and a red lip to really work it.
60s mod Sixties Mod This look is all about graphic prints, bold block colour, monochrome and making a statement. A-frames should look for tops with bold, geometric prints to draw the focus above their waist and keep things plain and dark coloured on the bottom half. If you've got long slender legs then feel free to embrace the mini dresses and tapered trousers that embody this era, but the majority of the population should tread with caution as this is not a good look for a pear shape or those with legs on the shorter side.
Grunge Luxe Grunge This trend is a fresh adaptation of the original 90's grunge look. The key to styling the look is teaming soft and luxurious fabrics such as silk, chiffon, velvet and lace with tougher, casual elements like parka jackets and biker boots. The layered look, such as a slip dress teamed with a chunky sweater and a coat works well for H- frames, creating movement and disguising the lack of a defined waist. Plaid, another grunge staple, is everywhere this season. If you opt for a plaid shirt, coat or a dress, remember to focus print and pattern on the parts of your body you like the best to draw the eye away from those areas you're less keen on.
Androgynous Edge3 Androgynous Edge The sharp masculine tailoring and sleek lines of this look borrow from the boys. Whilst stiff, boxy mannish coats were seen on several runways, those with an X-frame shape should always look for jackets with a nipped in waist to flatter their curves. A-frames need to make sure their jackets and blazers are a shorter length and finish above the widest point of their hips. Slicked back hair in a low pony tail, some killer cheekbones sculpted with blusher and a pair of brogues.



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