With the start of every new season comes the push for new trends. Most of  these “latest looks” are great on the ultra slim models (what isn’t?) but they can pack on the pounds and cramp the average gal’s style- not to mention her budget. So, since fashion trends are now decided upon in the boardroom and not in a designer’s atelier, it is important  to be sure those trends work for you and your figure.

Take for example an on-line ad from a department store which recently touted some incredibly difficult to wear pieces as this season’s “must -haves”. The three things that really stood out were 1) The New Longer Lengths  2) Ballet Flats and 3) The Trench Coat

At first glance, these  clothing items might not seem too much of a style damper on your wardrobe, but unless you are quite tall and thin,  wearing these 3 “trends”  could make you look heavier and miles less stylish than the photos of the models wearing them.

Why? Lets start with The Longer Lengths:

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Wearing your skirts below your knee  (as on the left) will shorten your leg and add bulk to your frame -every time . Even this 6 foot  size 0 model (on the left) doesn’t look as willowy as on the right in the “longer length hemline” trend. So if a model is looking thinner and more stylish in the above knee style, its a sure bet we will too  (and then some!) . Believe it or not, the dress on the left costs a hefty $2800! And if someone is dishing out that kind of money we’d expect to look like a million- right? So steer clear of this fattening trend unless you are Heidi Klum’s long lost twin sister.

Now lets talk about Ballet Flats

 


 

 

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Any kind of a flat is obviously going to  make your body look  shorter, but ballet flats also have the dreaded round- toe – which makes the leg appear even stumpier. A more pointed or tapered toe (as shown on the right)  adds approx. 1-2 inches of length to your shoe- and therefore your entire look. The eye doesn’t register the rounded toe and say “how cute and trendy! – Your eye simply registers the shortened silhouette of your body in a flat as opposed to a heel- thereby making you look shorter and less sleek! Also, wearing just a 1 inch heel  as opposed to a flat will give your figure a boost by tilting you up and adding height. If someone said you could go from looking like you are 5’4″ to 5’6″ just by changing your shoes wouldn’t you stand up and take notice?...unfortunately marketers know that won’t get you in the store. It might get you in the back of your closet saving money instead!

Lastly, lets take a look at Trench Coats…

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TRENCH COATS ARE A TRICKY STYLE TO WEAR & CAN COMPLETELY
SKEW YOUR PROPORTIONS IF YOU’RE NOT CAREFUL!

Just notice how our size 2 model ‘s figure completely morphs from frumpy to fabulous when we take away the trench and put her in a great single breasted jacket instead…

Why? Because:

  • Unless you are slim and long-waisted, trench coat belts fill in your waist area, turning your upper body into a box.
  • Especially beware of double-breasted trench coats. The combination of the extra fabric and the horizontal buttons across your top is the perfect storm for looking a few sizes larger.
  • Notice how much more slimming the single-breasted coat is in the “After” picture? Rather than having the double-breasted buttons draw your eye from side-to-side, your eye is drawn vertically along the single column of buttons, elongating the  waist and making her look slim and sexy in the process!

In closing, we’d like to say, Please don’t take our word for anything you’ve read here. Go into your closet right now and put on a longer skirt, a pair of ballet flats, or a trench coat (or all three together- eek!) and see for yourself the huge difference in your figure- and your style when you steer clear of these Spring trends.

Remember, we’re not saying you shouldn’t have fun experimenting with new looks. We are saying in this day and age of multi-million dollar marketing and ad campaigns  -you’ve got to watch your fashion back and do what works best for your figure, your style and your budget.

xoxo, Ruth

5 replies
  1. T.J.
    T.J. says:

    This is really helpful. Glad I found your blog… I just tried on one of those longer skirts last weekend. I didn’t like it but I couldn’t put my finger on why. Now I know! Thanks. Now I’m going to try on my ballet flats…

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  2. Sonneteer
    Sonneteer says:

    Now I know why women in 1950s casual styles (long skirts, ballet flats, big belts) didn’t look as good as when they dressed up. Thanks for warning us away from repeating bad history.

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