The best fall fashion 2011 looks for curvy women and tips on how to wear them.
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…