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Spring and Summer trends 2010

Summer Fashion ladies

Fashion tips for the larger ladies…
Ok so you are not a size 10.  That doesn’t mean that you have to resort to baggy tops and flowing skirts.  More and more retailers are now offering a choice of fashion wear that helps to flatter or heighten curvaceous frames in all the right areas, leaving you feeling confident and sexy in no time at all.
Help to make 2010’s summer wardrobe a huge success by understanding and acknowledging your individual shape.  Look in the mirror and see your silhouette – what are your sexy features? – Large breasts; curvaceous bum; long legs; sexy neck?
Whatever it is, take full advantage and use it wisely.  Summer is coming and you mustn’t be afraid to flash that flesh.

Key trends for Spring/Summer:
Grey – the new black
Khaki, earth tones- olives, warm reds, beige, nude tones
Tribal, graphic prints
Floral prints

Larger women don’t need to think they need to stick to one or two styles in their wardrobes, the fashion industry is becoming more accessible to the larger lady so don’t be afraid to experiment and try different styles.  Just follow the basic rules below.

As a general rule, body shaping underwear is a key item in your wardrobe, a properly fitting bra can make or break an outfit, and body shaping underwear can be used to great effect in creating a smoother silhouette.
Also, a general rule is that light tops with dark bottoms emphasise your bust, while dark tops with light bottoms draw attention away from the bust.

Apple shaped women (with a rounder figure)
Jackets/coats: Go for a khaki or military style jacket, olive, khaki colours are right on trend. Larger busted ladies should avoid double breasting on jackets as this draws attention to your larger bust.
Tops: Wide V-necked tops are great, wrap over tops that clinch at the waist also work really well as they make the top half look slimmer, and have a narrowing effect, as well as accentuating the smallest part of your figure.
Vibrant tribal design V-neck or wrap tops teamed with a pair of straight leg trousers is a good look.
Floral prints are, again, a big trend for spring/summer, but try to keep the print larger as smaller prints can fill out a curvier frame. Bigger, bolder prints balance out proportions.
Maxi dresses are great, try a floral print in a floaty fabric, that flows from the bust straight down, skimming over problem areas. Team with chunky jewellery and wedge sandals for a perfect summer look.
Wide (but not too wide!) leg trousers that sit with a slightly higher waistband, teamed with nude, romantic coloured tops and delicate gold jewellery creates a flattering, smart casual look, ideal for work.
Ladies that are smaller on top than on bottom should use detailed necklines and chunky accessories to draw the eye towards the neckline and away from the bottom half.

Don’ts for larger figures:
Avoid stripes-horizontal or vertical.
Small floral prints- will draw attention to problem areas.
Baggy tops- although many women believe they hide a bigger tummy they infact make the tummy area look bigger, focus instead on cinching at the waist to accentuate the smallest part.

Do’s for larger figures:
Vibrant wedge sandals are band on trend, as are mid heels; they draw attention away from hips and thighs.
Bold, large floral prints bring a stylish look to your outfit
V-necks- lengthen the neckline, minimise the chest and shoulders.

Accessories are open to all shapes and sizes, so don’t be afraid to pile the accessories on! Tribal, ethnic style jewellery is in at the moment.
Just remember- if you are bigger on top, its best to keep your neckline simple and uncluttered, instead accessorise with chunky bangles.
Whereas if your smaller on top you can use chunky necklaces to draw attention to your bust.

So stick to these simple rules and you will soon feel your confidence grow.

by Helen Reid




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  1. Jany says:

    Oh, Lady M, I understand completely! I have been the queen of darkness wardrobe wise for as long as I can remember. There is something about colour blocking that has really grabbed me and I have to say, I think it will be easy to keep up. My first experiment was today, black skirt and singlet underneath, with bright watermelon orange jacket and hot pink shoes – the reaction from my colleagues was amazing, I’ve never experienced such a reaction to a work outfit!!! I’m definitely committed to turning up the colour voltage in my wardrobe now!

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  10. Helen says:

    Hi Manda,

    The key idea for your body shape is to draw attention to your top half in order to balance out your figure. In keeping with current trends, graphic tribal or floral prints are great in tops for you,interesting necklines- emphasising your bust- as well as 3/4 length tops work well as they finish at your waist emphasising your smallest area. team these with dark bottoms/skirts. You should try to avoid detail on the bottom half, straight cut tailoring looks great on your body shape, falling straight from the hip down, in jeans stick to dark denim- no stonewash or detailing around the bum/hips! in jackets look to again define the waist with cropped jackets in tones such as khaki or beige. Hope that helps, let me know if you would like more advice! xx

  11. Manda says:

    Can i ask Helen for some advice please – I am bottom heavy (size 12 top, size 16 bottoms)- what is the best look for me?

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