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What to Wear: Chic Flattering Spring Trends and Styles for Curvy Short Women
I'm not short; I'm fun sized!
I am a 5’2”curvy retro loving chick, who also likes to be in style or “on trend.” Most trends don’t flatter me so it is important I know what works and what doesn’t so I don’t end up wasting my money. Another thing to keep in mind when purchasing trendy pieces is to stick to discount stores. There is no need to spend a fortune on trendy items. Unless the trendy piece is classic enough to stay in style for a very long time, a piece from a discount retailer is fine.
The 70s – Glam, Boho and Studio 54
This spring, the 70s are making a strong come back. Think Boho chic and Studio 54 glam for stylish looks night and day. One 70s trend that surprisingly the short and curvy can pull of is high-waist wide legged pants. I am quite tired of low-waist jeans that never fit me and were uncomfortable to wear. As a woman of a certain age, low waist pants just aren’t appropriate for me at all. If you have even the smallest bit of bulge to your stomach you know what happens. The little roll of fat rolls right over the top of your pants creating the most unattractive look of all time.
High waist pants with wide legs can actually create a long, lean look even on the shortest women. Also, this is one of those trends that falls into the category of classic. Also, high-waist wide leg pants are also very 1940s, perfect for a vintage-loving gal like me. I suggest wearing this trend with two other trends – kitten heels and biker looks. A pair of wide-legged high waist pants in tropical wool or lightweight herringbone. Neutrals are in for spring, so opt for camel or tan and pair them with a silky blouse in a similar hue for a nice long lean look. Top the whole thing off with a biker jacket in classic black or an unexpected pop of color. A pair of high heel pointy two pumps will literally take your look to new heights. If you don’t like high heels, slip on a pair of kitten heels. If you want to incorporate a little more 40’s into your look, you might try modern oxford flats or wedges.
For evening look for low cut drapey dresses with flowing skirts and slits. Look for fabrics such as lurex and lame.
The 70 boho or bohemian look can be difficult for short gals. Short curvy women have to be careful and selective when in corporating boho into their wardrobes. Many boho styles and patterns tend to make us look short and round. Of course, if you are comfortable and happy with the round, hippy Earth mother look, then by all means go for it. If, however, you prefer to accentuate your curves and go for a sexier, fiercer mother nature you may want to limit you boho pieces and mix them in with more classic looks. Pair a simple peasant blouse with a pencil skirt for a fresh and flattering spring look. Layer on some colorful chunky jewelry and a pair of round toe pumps in nude shade to elongate your leg and you are ready to turn heads.
Macramé and Crochet
Two other trends that can be hard to pull off are macramé and crochet. On short curvy women it may be best to stick to accessories in this trend, such as shoes, handbags, hair accessories and jewelry. These items tend to cost less and are easier to work into your existing wardrobe. I have always loved crochet and macramé dresses so, I will be on the lookout for one that is flattering to me. I definitely need a v or scoop neck, at least three quarter sleeves, structural details that create the illusion I have a waist and it must be no longer than knee length. I wonder how hard it is to make a macramé dress . . .
Another trend for spring that I am excited about is punk influences. I have always loved punk rock, music and clothing. For those of us who have to work in corporate America, being able to inject a little punk rock chic and rebellious attitude into a day can be a very welcome change. Look for studs, heavy boots and safety pins. Remember, motorcycle jackets are in and punk is in. A motorcycle jacket with studs, not too many, is the perfect 2011 spring fashion piece. Try it with a classic shift dress or over a lacey, girly dress to toughen it up a bit. If you are brave, wear a frilly girly dress with your studded motorcycle jacket and heavy boots. The combination of tough and girlie can’t be beat. I recently picked up a wide black studded belt. This is a very economical accessory to bring a little punk to my wardrobe. I got it on the clearance rack at Target for just $4.95. Being trendy doesn’t have to be expensive.
Lady Like 60s
Another trend for spring, and one that speaks to my retro loving heart, is Ladylike 60s. Think Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn and of course, Marilynn. The full mid-50s and early 60s circle skirt is going to be big in spring. The good news for short curvy girls is this simple little truth: the bigger the skirt the smaller the waist. There are plenty of 60s ideal women to chose from the housewife, think Betty Draper’s style on Madmen or June Cleaver and Lucille Ball, the office girl, Joan Harris Holloway also of Madmen or and the bombshell, think Bettie Page and Marilynn Monroe to get inspiration from. From full skirts to pencil skirts and wiggle dresses there are plenty of ways to rock you curves. Accessorize with some cat-eye sunglasses and classic pumps and get ready to take on the world.
It's all about you
When incorporating trends try not to go head to toe in one trend or mix too many at once, you don’t want to look like you are wearing a costume. The most important thing about incorporating new trends into your wardrobe is that you should do what makes you happy. It doesn’t matter if other people like it. All that matters is if you like it. Have fun with your wardrobe. I think you look great.