Oct 19, 2011

Flattering fall fashion trends for curvy women

By: Aya McMillan

Leda & St.Jacques Author: Elle Canada Credits: Leda & St.Jacques

Oct 19, 2011

Flattering fall fashion trends for curvy women

By: Aya McMillan
If you’re one of those curvy women, it can be a challenge to find trendy clothes that express your personal style that are also figure flattering. This season, we saw the return of peplums and boxy tees that do nothing to flatter fuller figures – but the good news is that there are a ton of fall fashion trends that suit plus-size body types and make the most of your killer curves. It’s all about enhancing – not hiding – what you’ve already got.

Figure flattering fall fashion trend #1: Colour-blocking
The look: Women’s fashion shifted out of neutral this season as an electric array of saturated tones hit the fashion runways.
Why it works for curvy women: While most curvier women are loathe to draw attention to their body with bright hues, contrasting them with darker colours can actually help play up curves and even create the illusion of looking smaller. Unapologetically curvy starlet Kate Winslet, for example, chose a black and white Stella McCartney sheath for the Venice Film Festival. The formfitting two-tone dress featured silhouette-extending vertical panels with curved side seams that tricked the eye and made her waist look minuscule.

Figure flattering fall fashion trend #2: Prints
The look: From checks and plaids to florals and southwest frontier motifs, designers were mixing and matching prints from head to toe. If you’re going to get caught in a graphic jam, best for maximum impact.
Why it works for curvy women: The key to wearing over-the-top patterns, which often make you appear larger than you really are, is to wear scaled-down versions of the print. Think Marc Jacobs’ playful and flirty polka dots or Miu Miu’s dainty winter blooms. They put the focus on seductive body parts (like a voluptuous décolletage, for example) and are a welcome change from the sober black duds. Just be sure to pair prints with something more streamlined.

Figure flattering fall fashion trend #3: Long skirts
The look:
Regardless of whether the old maxim that women’s hemlines rise and fall with the economy has any basis, longer hemlines were ubiquitous on the fall runways.
Why it works for curvy women: A form-fitting maxi or midi skirt that hugs the hips and falls loosely over the can legs elongate your look while skimming thighs and calves. Just be sure to wear a slimmer top that cuts close to the body to best balance a fuller lower half.

More flattering trends for women with curves on the next page…


Figure flattering fall trend #4: Fetish dressing
The look: Dolce & Gabbana’s body con dresses, Louis Vuitton’s latex corsets, Alexander McQueen kinky leathers. Fall fashion is a seductive mood showing provocative clothing that flaunts women’s best assets.
Why it works for curvy women: Showing a hint of skin is sexy but it’s best to be tactical about where it is revealed. A slit on the side of a gown or skirt can be sexy and slimming, while showing lots of leg offers a long, lean look. Highlighting your décolletage also looks sultry without being too provocative.

Figure flattering fall trend #5: Collar necklaces

The look: Choker necklaces were big news on the fall runways as fashion designers made it a must-have bauble.
Why it works for curvy women: A show-stopping metallic choker draws the attention to your upper body and frames your neckline to beautiful effect.

Figure flattering fall trend #6: Menswear
The look: Who wears the pants? You do. This season is all about borrowing from the boys.
Why it works for curvy women: Crisp cuts and structured separates are the best way to accentuate your feminine figure. A tailored blazer in particular defines your waist while an oversize and ultra structured portfolio clutch can lend structure to your outfits as well.

Figure flattering fall trend #7: Flared trousers
The look: From Paul & Joe’s pineapple-hued pants to Marc by Marc Jacobs velvet versions to Frida Giannini’s Angelica Huston-esque fluid pairs for Gucci, flares were all over the fall runways. This season’s retro mood puts sweeping wide-leg trousers at the top of our winter wish list.
Why it works for curvy women: A dark wash flared jean or super wide tailored trouser is the most universally flattering cut and the ultimate way for curvy girls to hit their stride.

Figure flattering fall trend #8: Slouchy boots
The look: Bar none, Isabel Marant’s signature pointy-toed slouchy boots are the footwear that every fashion insider is angling to wear.
Why it works for curvy women: If you’ve ever had problems getting your boots to fit over your legs, this is the footwear for you! Make sure you opt for pointed toe versions to elongate your legs and wear them with fitted pants to keep the look polished.

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Flattering fall fashion trends for curvy women