Friday, 2 March 2012

Friday fashion tip: spring trends to flatter your shape

This week's fashion tip comes courtesy of Saisha Potts, who has written a lovely little piece on what spring trends to wear to flatter your shape. Let us know what you think of Saisha's advice in the comments below!

It might not feel much like it yet but spring is just around the corner and that can mean only one thing – yep, it’s time to get your head around those spring/summer 2012 trends. The style reports were full of everything from pastels and florals, to flapper dresses and neons – so what will really be in once the sun comes out and who should be wearing what?

Keeping on trend and dressing for your body shape can sometimes be a tricky business. If you’re definitely an apple but the catwalks are full of crop tops then it’s perhaps wise to stay firmly out of fashion on that one. Similarly if the catwalks are screaming cleavage but you’re on the boyish side of slim then you’ll struggle to stay on-trend.

But don’t fret, luckily there’s always more than one look per season and this season’s catwalks saw more trends on show than ever.

For example the Chanel spring/summer catwalk was a tale of two lengths – long or short, and that means there’s something for everyone. There was no in between length wise and that makes things very simple indeed. We have to be honest with ourselves ladies; a la Twiggy minis always look best on boyish figures. Luckily though maxis are more versatile and will suit all but pear shapes, just add extra height if you’re a shorter apple or hourglass.

With Baz Lurhman’s take on The Great Gatsby due for release later in the year, lots of the catwalks were full of flapper dresses, headbands and long beads. Ralph Lauren and Gucci were particular fond of this floaty, feminine trend. This sassy look is great for apples because the drop-waist of the flapper dresses will skim your body while adding in a defined low waist. It also works perfectly on boyish figures and will really show off that slim physique. Pear and hourglass ladies should avoid flapper dresses though because they will hide those fabulous curves and make you look as big as your widest part.

Georgio Armani and Vivienne Westwood both showed off their take on the one-shoulder number for this season. Pear shaped ladies rejoice – this look is made for you. The eye is instantly drawn to the one-shoulder detail and the rest of the dress can simply skim over those troublesome hips.

The return of hit drama Mad Men meant the 1950s look was another hot look on the catwalk. This look is smart, sophisticated and just downright perfect for hourglass, curvy ladies. It emphasises your womanly curves and if you add a contrasting belt then it will show off that itty-bitty waist as well. Just stay away from highly patterned prints as they will make you look bigger.

The Chanel catwalk was full of 3D florals – a tricky look to pull off. They work best on an extra slim figure and can add curves when you want them. If you want a floral look but don’t feel you can pull off 3D then both DKNY and Christopher Kane went for simpler floral prints, while Stella McCartney went for paisley patterns. In both cases boyish girls can go for bold prints while curvy girls should wear a smaller print where possible.

Universal looks on the spring/summer catwalk included pastel shades; Louis Vuitton in particular was a big fan. The only really rule here is to wear the bright shade on top if you’re a pear to draw the eye away from your hips, and to balance the colours if you’re an hourglass lady.

Saisha Potts writes on behalf of www.cafelamoda.co.uk, the social fashion site.

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