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FASHION THAT FITS

How to make summer’s hottest trends work for your body type


FASHION THAT FITS
How to make summer’s hottest trends work for your body type



 



 

If you’re curvy
If you’re pear-shaped
 


 



 

If you’re tall and thin
If you’re petite
Jennifer Lopez


 
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

If you’re curvy…
• Look for sweetheart necklines, deep v-necks and portrait collars to enhance your décolletage and focus the eye upwards.
• Play up your sexy hourglass shape with spring’s sinfully sleek cuts and body-con dresses.
• Focus on the narrowest part of your shape – your waist – with cinched and belted styles.

  Find more styles and trends that work for curvy body types


 

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Narciso Rodriguez


 
Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

Trend: The Summer Dress
Why it works: The graphic black trim creates a long lean line while the bands at the waist help define it and accentuate the curves above and below.

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Yves Saint Laurent


 
Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Trend: The Structured Jacket
Why it works: A structured jacket is a foolproof style that highlights your chest and puts the focus on your narrow waist.

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Prada


 
Prada

Prada

Trend: Lingerie Dressing
Why it works: The sweetheart neckline enhances your décolletage while the body skimming pencil skirt elongates your frame.

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BCBG Max Azria


 
BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria

Must have accessory: A wide belt cinches your middle and highlights your hourglass shape.

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Rihanna


 
Rihanna

Rihanna

If you’re pear-shaped…
• Play up your shoulders with strapless or one-shoulder tops and dresses that draw the eye upward away from the hips.
• Avoid wearing busy patterns on the bottom.
• Patterns and fullness on top with a dark bottom will create the same illusion.

  Find more styles and trends that work for pear-shaped body types


 

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Derek Lam


 
Derek Lam

Derek Lam

Trend: Shoulder cut-outs
Why it works: A glittering dress with drop shoulders creates a broader silhouette on top.

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Lanvin


 
Lanvin

Lanvin

Trend: Asymmetrical shoulder
Why it works: A beautifully draped cocktail frock enhances your shoulders and balances the hips.

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D&G


 
D&G

D&G

Trend: Wide-leg trousers
Why it works: A high-waisted sailor pant plays up your small waist and draws the eye upward.

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Marni


 
Marni

Marni

Must-have accessory: A beautifully crafted statement-making collar necklace frames the face drawing the eye away from the hips.

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Whitney Port


 
Whitney Port

Whitney Port

If you’re tall and thin…
• Play up your shape with loads of layers.
• Soft draping and diaphanous sheers and chiffons add a touch of femininity and give dimension to your slight frame.
• Full sleeves and flared legs give the illusion of curves to an angular body.
• Look for prints to play up your shape.
• Don’t be afraid to mix patterns- you are made to pull off these trends.

  Find more styles and trends that work for long and lean body types


 

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Marni


 
Marni

Marni

Trend: Mixed Mediums
Why it works: Contrasting textures and dramatic accessories add dimension to a lean frame.

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Dolce & Gabbana


 
Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Trend: The Pajama Pant
Why it works: A softly draped wrap jacket and pajama pant softens angles to create a more feminine silhouette.

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Ralph Lauren


 
Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Trend: Harem pants
Why it works: These trousers add dimension to the lower part of your body.

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Hervé Léger by Max Azria


 
Hervé Léger by Max Azria

Hervé Léger by Max Azria

Trend: The body-con dress
Why it works: The form-fitting lines skim the body creating an hourglass shape.

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Burberry Prorsum


 
Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Must-have Accessory: A strappy platform pump and ankle sock breaks up the lean line of the leg.

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Hayden Panettierre


 
Hayden Panettierre

Hayden Panettiere
Photo: George Pimentel

If you’re petite…
• Lingerie inspired pieces are just right for your frame.
• Monochromatic minis are perfect for elongating the leg.
• Cap it off with neutral sky-high heels with a presence.
• Stick to pieces that are tailored for your stature – nothing that will overwhelm your body.

  Find more styles and trends that work for petite body types


 

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Chloé


 
Chloé

Chloé

Trend: Shorts
Why it works: Loosely rolled shorts are fuller and slightly more grown-up allowing your legs to look shapely and defined.

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Matthew Williamson


 
Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson

Trend: Matching Suits
Why it works: A monochromatic short suit lengthens the body making you appear taller.

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Stella McCartney


 
Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Must-have accessory: A sky-high sandal in a soft neutral or flesh tone gives the illusion of long slender legs.

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