Thursday, October 13, 2005

Turn Up the Volume

One of the biggest trends this fall (and I bet it will continue well into spring) is volume, particularly done in unexpected ways. Although the voluminous look was shown last year, it is really taking hold now, with puffball skirts, sack tops, flowy tunics, and gathered empire waist dresses becoming popular.

I'm sure you're thinking "why would I want to add bulk and size to my frame"? I'll let you in on a little secret - extra volume and draping can actually whittle inches off your frame, if its used properly.

For example, if you want to conceal or slim down your hips and thighs, try a tulip or puffball skirt. These new styles, with a high gathered waist, flared hip, and knee-length hem are quite flattering to most figures. They'll skim over your trouble spots while showing off a narrow waist and slender calves, and they look even better with a fabulous pair of heels. This one is by Narciso Rodriguez.

Another great look is a floaty chiffon top with a blousy gathered waistband and poet sleeves. This hides upper arms, love handles, and a tummy while simultaneously looking quite elegant and stylish. Flowy, draped pieces like this can hide flaws and accentuate positives fashionably - just make sure the rest of your look is fitted. For instance, wear a voluminous top with a pencil skirt or a tulip skirt with a little v-neck sweater.

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