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In many areas of the country, thinking about Spring fashion still feels very far away but here in CA, we had weather in the 70’s last week. This month’s newsletter contains the anticipated list of 2011 Spring trends as well as discussing the second body shape–the Contoured Rectangle. So, if you are ready for Spring to arrive here is your sneak peak…
Spring/Summer Trends 2011
* Mixing and Matching Prints and Textures
* 70’s Inspired
* Asymmetrical Styles
* Everything Animal
* Lace, crochet & Macramé
* Layered Gauzy Fabrics
* Big Statement Necklace
* Big Layered Bangles
* Billowy Blouses
* Button Down Shirts
* Flouncey Detailing on tops and bottoms
* Swing Dresses
* Trench Style Dresses
* Military Jackets
* Gladiator Shoes
* Flatform Shoes (not platform)
* Kitten Heel
* Ballet Flats with Prints or Detail
* Pencil Skirts
* Split Skirts
* Maxi Skirts
* High Waisted Wide Leg Pants
* Straight Pants
* “Skinny” Pants and Leggings
* Harem Pants (slim at bottom)
* Desert Tones and Neutrals
* Baby Blue Denim
* Bold colors
* 2011 Spring Pantone Colors: Honeysuckle Pink, Coral Rose, Lavender, Beeswax, Peapod, Russet, Regatta, Blue Curacao, Silver Cloud. Visit pantone.com to see all the 2011 colors.
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Please remember that not all 2011 spring fashion trends work for everyone. Make sure that the trends you purchase this season are flattering to your shape and that you are choosing your best colors. If you have questions about what fall trends will make you look fabulous this season please contact me.
Each month, over the next six months we will look at a different body type. I will discuss the characterizations of that body shape, what looks amazing and items that should be avoided. There are six body types–Hour Glass, Rectangle, Contoured Rectangle, Triangle, Inverted Triangle and the Oval.
What’s My Shape??
This Month’s Shape is the Contoured Rectangle
The contoured rectangle, like the triangle shape we discussed last month, is very common among women. I am actually a perfect example of a contoured rectangle. This body type is in between an hour glass and a rectangle because it’s not straight up and down like the rectangle body shape, but there is also not a 10 inch difference between the bust and hips to the waist like the hour glass body shape. If you are a contoured rectangle, the bust and shoulders are in proportion to the hips. Often times hour glass body shapes can transform into contoured rectangles with age. Using myself as an example, I used to be a perfect hour glass (back in high school….ah the good ole’ days!) but as I have gotten older and my body has shifted, I am no longer 10 inches smaller at my waist.
The key with this shape is to show that you have a waist without showing off the exact size of your waist. Wearing clothing that is semi fitted will be best. Wearing clothing that is very fitted with this body shape may make you appear larger than you are….Remember, we used to be an hour glass and wearing the same clothes you wore when you were one may not be your best option! Let’s talk about belts on contoured rectangles. If you choose to wear a fashion belt, I suggest you do it under a jacket. However, if you have a tummy wearing a belt will create a focal point at your tummy…not the fashionista look you may be going for.
|*Contoured Rectangle is the second on your right
Tops, jacket’s and blouses that have some darting at the waist line will also help show off your fabulous shape. The nice thing about this shape is that your bust and your hips are in proportion so you don’t have to worry too much about balancing out the body. Focus more on using vertical influences such as stripes, zippers, stitching, patterns, fabric draping, and buttons to create length and thinness.
If you still have questions about your body shape and what will look best on you call for a body style analysis or wardrobe evaluation appointment.
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