Easy steps to well considered style
I’m not usually one to buy into trends, and being a gal with curves, I’m a firm believer in dressing for your body shape. Not only does it save you money, but you get to avoid the fashion victim label also. However, when culottes began to appear on the streets last fashion month, I couldn’t resist because I adore masculine dressing. But for a girl with a booty and boobs, can be quite hard to get right. Here are my tips to making a micro trend work for you.
1. Consider if you really love the trend or if you love the idea of appearing trendy. Pants are my jam, so culottes got my tick of approval.
2. Step away from the Pinterest board and do a real-life wardrobe scan. The item should seamlessly slip into your existing wardrobe. If you need to buy other accessories and garments just to fit the trend into your wardrobe, then give yourself a slap on the wrist and move on.
3. Try, before you by, then try again. Don’t just buy the first version of the trend you can find. Spending the time seeing it on yourself on different shopping occasions helps you resist the reflex to grab something straight off the shelf for short-term gratification.
4. Opt for a flattering variation of the trend. I have a short torso and big boobs which is usually a recipe for disaster with anything high waisted. I oped for culottes with: a little extra length to make me look taller, an elasticised waist band so I can wear them mid-rise, volume to balance out my bust, and a wrap front to lengthen my silhouette.
5. Wear it in a way that flatters you. In stead of tucking in a black tee, I chose a wrap-style oversized top in a similar material to help lengthen my silhouette, then accessories with flecks of interesting fine gold hardware to draw the eye.