AP Photo/Dan and Corina Lecca--Peter Som Collection Spring/Summer 2009
Spring is here! At least, that’s how blooming forsythias and 75-degree weather feels to most of us. With all of the new change that accompanies a new season, why not also embrace the fabulous new shapes in fashion? If you are stuck inside all day, yearning to feel the sunlight but forced to concentrate on your work, some slight wardrobe adjustments can help satisfy until 5:00 rolls around.
A diagonal neckline is an intriguing, subtle way to show off a sexy, normally covered body part, and it beats too much cleavage! Look for one-shouldered tanks, long-sleeved shirts, and dresses. Also, this trend is incorporated in a variety of styles, so you’re sure to find a one-shouldered shirt or dress that fits your lifestyle and personality—mini and sporty for a more casual occasion, and long, flowing, and Grecian for instant elegance.
One-shouldered dresses can be belted, and a short, fun one-shouldered dress can look more leisurely worn with a pair of skinny jeans and flats. Be sure you own a supportive strapless bra to wear with your one-shouldered top—exposed bra straps always look tacky. Also, avoid short-chained necklaces. If you want to wear a necklace, opt for one with a longer chain so as not to distract from the unique neckline.
Full mini skirts are all the rage! Pleated skirts, a-line skirts, tiered skirts, ruffle skirts, tulip skirts—each variety offers its own details. Their voluptuous shapes are flattering to most sizes. Pair a full skirt with a fitted top to highlight your waistline and further define your top and bottoms halves. Full skirts look great paired with tights or socks and bare legs, too. One tip—if you are fuller figured, shy away from constricting pleated skirts and search for a more complimentary one with ruffles or tiers. Also, the full-bottom trend is not confined to skirts alone—look for funky dress shapes that incorporate a larger bottom, but make sure that the size is still balanced by a smaller top-half.
Loose-fitting, slouchy pants in soft fabrics capture the lighthearted feeling of springtime. Harem pants, full-length wide-leg pants, and cropped pants all come in comfortable fabrics like cotton and linen. Drawstrings often replace belt-loops and buckles—a nice break from everyday jeans. These soft pants can get dangerous—watch out not to pair them with a super-simple top or cheapy rubber flip-flops. You don’t want to look like you’re attending a pajama party! Sporty heels look more sophisticated, embellished tops more professional. If you need a quick cover-up, throw on a boxy, oversized boyfriend blazer, and you will still look hip from head to toe.