I was shopping with a client last week who favours extreme waist-defining silhouettes because she has a very small waist relative to her curvy hips and thighs. She’s also shorter in the waist, but long in the leg. In the spirit of trying something new, I suggested that she try these fluid styles. She was pleasantly surprised with the flattering fit of the items, and came home with two pieces.
- Classiques Entier Flawless Jersey V-Neck Top: The V-neck elongates a short neck, while the top knot gathers under the bust add structure. Waist surrendering but fitted at the top of the hip. Gorgeous under a jacket or as a standalone piece. My client looks so much better in the top than the model in the photo.
- Elie Tahari Brenna Pull on Pants: My client usually needs major waist alteration on trousers, but these fit perfectly. The weighty drape of the crêpe is sublime. As I mentioned in the guide for dressing pear shape body types, silky upscale track pants fit a small waist while giving the thigh and hip area plenty of room. No cling or whiskering. Won’t work for petites because the length cannot be altered.
- Michael Kors Ruched Sleeve Boyfriend Jacket: The length of this jacket is key. It covers the widest part of an extra curvy thigh, thereby creating a visually slimming effect despite its boxy fit. The built-in scrunched sleeves add structure.
These trendier fits have opened up a world of opportunities for my client. She doesn’t have to stick to wearing tailored pieces, nor does she have to have everything altered at the waist. Fluid and oversized fits are your friend with a little attention to fit and proportion.