With May just around the corner, it’s time to start packing up those bulky Winter clothes and get your wardrobe ready for Spring! Maybe you already have your Spring/Summer wardrobe stashed away, ready to be flaunted under the sun, but if you’re like the ladies I know, you’re waiting to pick up those few new pieces that really flatter you. Here are some of my suggestions to get the sensual silhouette that’s perfect for your body type. Don’t forget! You don’t have to have a perfect body to love and wear the latest fashions; you just have to select clothes that are flattering to your unique shape!
If you have a beautiful voluptuous figure, the 1950s should be your go-to decade. Thanks to designers of the era like Christian Dior, the ultra-feminine fifties look was dependent on a full bustline, small nipped waist, and rounded soft hips. You should look for dresses that provide a fitted bodice and a waistline at the natural level, with a full knee length skirt. It is a versatile silhouette; pick a pretty floral for daytime, or a sophisticated black for night.
If you are naturally thin, you should be looking to past decades like the 1920s, when young and androgynous fashions were in style. This Spring, there were many Twenties’ references on the high fashion runways. If you are slim, you can definitely wear the straight-cut, tubular shapes that don’t cling to curves. Thin women also have the luxury of wearing menswear-inspired silhouettes very well; if you are adventurous, you can always wear a tailored pantsuit in lieu of a dress for a super chic look.
Having long legs is a definite asset for Spring 2011. Many designers showed 1970s-inspired collections (think of Marc Jacob’s signature line, and Louis Vuitton’s collection). With a tall figure, you can wear the 70s-style, high-waisted trousers really well; team them up with wooden platforms for a retro-inspired look. Also, the long maxi skirts of the seventies are making a comeback; these are super flattering on a tall body, and are a great way to beat the heat of Summer!
The short woman should look to the 1960s for sartorial guidance this season. With a petite frame you should keep hemlines above the knee to avoid looking stumpy. The sixties were famous for the miniskirt; they are flirty and fun but also help to visually lengthen legs. Pair a miniskirt with some ballet flats for an easy summertime look. Also, the ankle-length cigarette pant of the early Sixties works well on a small frame, and is office appropriate.
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