Florals and peek-a-boo detailing are two super hot trends this season that everyone can wear beautifully. The lovely Vanessa Taylor shows us how three different body shapes can pull off these gorgeous runway trends.
Florals are definitely a spring favourite and have shifted from being a sweet, country floral pattern to a bolder and graphic style print.
Look for clothing specifically designed for petites. It's scaled not just in length, but also around the armhole, sleeve length and darting around the bust. This is key to getting a proper fit.
This oversized floral mid-thigh cropped short showcases plenty of leg. This is great because it really helps lengthen the silhouette for a petite.
If you're fuller on your bottom half, stick to simple fuss-free dresses and skirts. Avoid pockets, buttons and details at the hips or derrière.
This shift dress showcases curves while streamlining the silhouette. By going with one print from top to bottom and teaming it with the vertical stripes, we create a long, lean shape. Look to embellishment or detailing like on this jacket collar to keep the focus up around the face.
Flowing pieces can work on a curvy figure, just make sure you've got a detail like a belt or elastic seaming that defines your waist. This helps create a flattering hourglass figure.
For a fuller bust and hip you want to define the waist with belts, seams or soft ruching that nips the dress in. Depending on your figure, shift between your natural waist or go with a slightly empire line.
This trend was huge on the runway this season. We saw peek-a-boo details in everything from pretty lace with hints of skin all the way to daring cut-away panels.
The key to this trend is to expose strategically. Make sure you're highlighting your best features with this detail.
For petites, you want to avoid garments that break up the silhouette. By highlighting the arms, you still get that streamlined look with the dress.
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If you live in denim, look for tops with sleeve embellishment like collar hardware, contrast sleeves or paneling up top. This brings the attention upwards to your smallest part.
Here's an extremely wearable take on this trend. This eyelit top allows a little peek but also comes with a matching cami underneath. The cocoon shape adds a subtle volume up top, which is key to balancing out a fuller bottom half. We've gone with a classic black skinny to finish this. For denim, stick with clean finishes like indigo, black and jewel-tone colours. Avoid whiskering and any detailing on the hips and thighs.
The wrap-style neckline is extremely flattering on a larger bust. If you find the V-neck dips down too low, layer a matching or neutral cami underneath. Avoid trapeze silhouettes, especially in a maxi-length piece as they don't offer any shape to a curvy figure.
While the fabric isn't actually sheer, the floating layers are an excellent way to showcase a little leg while still getting coverage.