Most fashion stylists and wardrobe experts encourage structured clothing that defines the waistline. For the most part I wholeheartedly agree. Wearing tops, frocks and jackets that reveal the smallest part of the torso is instantly flattering. Wearing fairly streamlined empire cuts can have a similar flattering effect because the silhouette raises the waistline to another small part of the body (which is often right under the bust).

Three years ago the voluminous trend was one of the watershed changes in fashion that caught the world by storm. Volume can be interpreted in many ways: from wide legged trousers, billowing sleeves, banded tops, cascading cardigans and paper bag skirts, to trapeze jackets, sack dresses and harem pants. Half of the silhouettes with voluminous detailing allow you to keep your waistline, while the other half doesn’t. It’s the latter half that I’m particularly drawn to, and I’ve found that I’m in the minority.

From what I’ve seen on the streets, with my clientele and on our forum, wearing clothing that hides the waistline is not popular at all. As much as I try to encourage the look in a refined, polished and tailored way because it CAN be done, it’s usually met with resistance. Don’t get me wrong, I love a sleek, structured, form-fitting, flop proof hourglass silhouette as much as you do. But when it’s done properly, I enjoy an ensemble with an unstructured waistline just as much. It’s mod, retro, arty and totally liberating.

It’s not necessarily a question of body type either. The right waist-less item with your best neckline, at the correct short length, with a strong shoulder line, and in a fabric that drapes elegantly over the body will work on virtually anyone. I’ve seen short, busty, hourglass-y women pull off sack dresses with panache. As always, the devil is in the details.

It isn’t enough that a waist-less outfit can look fab. You need to feel fab too. And women are against hiding their waistlines because it makes them feel unattractive. Specifically: unpolished, dumpy, or boxy. Years and years of having “the defined waist” drummed into us has had a great effect.

How about you? Is your eye adjusting to the look?

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I adore short drapey sack dresses like the ones that you see here. Fun to wear and very comfortable. I enjoy wearing them on their own, over skinnies or with leggings. I challenge you to give waist-less dressing a try.