We're getting ready to move into a new fashion season with spring and many of us are revamping our wardrobes and figuring out what to buy and what to wear. Using runway fashion collections are great, but can be intimidating. After all, we aren't all a size 2 or 5'9" tall, so pulling inspiration straight from the runway can be a bit tricky if an article of clothing doesn't necessarily work with your body type.
Women, no matter what their budget or body type, ought to be able to look and feel great and fashionable. It’s all about knowing what type of style works for your body. Once you can identify that, you’ll have true pieces that work for you.
If you have a tummy and want to hide it, try high waisted skirts like this clean lined skirt from Worthington sold at JC Penney or this a line high waisted skirt from Piperlime. It's great for curvier women as well that want to have a little more room in the hip area and the color is very fun and bright. You might think that these types of skirts will draw attention to your problem area, but in essence they make you appear taller and elongated. Try one with a contrast band and some stretch to really give the illusion of a more slender midriff. This is also a great option for post baby bodies. I love the way this fitted pencil skirt by Newport News gives such a clean silhouette by adding their Shape FX power mesh. And the jewel tone array of colors is so on point for the season. This textured version at Overstock is also very sleek and sexy and the pull on elastic band makes it really easy to wear.
Petite and curvy? No problem. Try wrap skirts that are cinched and/or pleated to really give some length to the legs like this tulip skirt sold at Target. Structured skirts like pencil skirts that fall right above the knee also will draw the eye down and give the illusion of a longer set of legs. This Joe Fresh number offers both the structure and the slight pleat to draw the eyes up. Additionally, skirts that are cut on a bias, like the high-low trend will also elongate you. Just make sure that you're wearing the shorter versions like this one sold at Sears. If you wear heels you'll further elongate your profile.
Have a full bust that you want to minimize? Try handkerchief playful hems that will show flow and movement while drawing attention to your gams instead of your bosom. I'm a fan of this origami seamed skirt by Spiegel. Printed skirts paired with solid, close to the body tops will balance the body out and eyes will immediately go downward to follow the print. High waisted, a-line skirts with fitted tops and camis also offer the balance of hips and highlight curves while smoothing out flaws. This one from American Apparel is awesome inspiration, but don't be afraid to play around with printed versions either.