Don’t pass up fashion-forward pieces because you think you can’t carry them off. Learn how to find amazing spring styles that fit!
There are ways to modify the cutest trends, whether skinny jeans or scads of ruffles, so they work for your body type. Just pick the right silhouettes and pair them with the pieces that flatter your body type to create a look that works for you.
Ruffles give clothing a fun, playful look, which is just the thing for warmer temperatures. If you don't want this look to wear you, keep in mind that proportions are key. Larger frames can pull off a wider ruffle but those who are more petite should go with only a few small flounces to keep things scaled accordingly.
If you’re missy-size throw on a slim-fitting tunic with a cascade of flounces down the front.
If you’re plus-size slip into an easy-fitting shift with pretty—and forgiving!—gathered tiers.
Jeggings are light-weight and comfortable but unless you’re a teenage Twiggy, don’t go skintight head to toe. Opt for blousy pieces on top. Keep the leggy look going with a pair of chunky wedge heels.
If you’re missy-size a not-too-clingy tank in a contrasting color is simple yet bold and shows off your shape.
If you’re plus-size wear an Empire-style dress as a tunic. Its high waist draws the eye from problem areas, while the skirt skims the hips just so.
Don't overdo things. To avoid coming off as too severe, limit yourself to one military-inspired piece per outfit and contrast stiff twill with more flowing pieces. Looking to accessorize? Cross-body bags lend just the right accent—and they’re practical, too!
If you’re missy-size, make cargo pants more feminine by mixing them with looser, unstructured pieces.
If you’re plus-size, go with a classic take by way of a crisp, knee-length shirtdress, worn with a belt to cinch the waist.
Wide leg trousers can help you create a pulled-togther, sleek look but can easily make you look bigger than you are. For a slimming effect, look for styles that fall in a straight line from hip to ankle. Add a slim top tucked in at the waist plus a belt and high-heeled pumps or boots for extra polish.
If you’re missy-size you can’t go wrong with classic khakis—the nautical vibe of a striped T and matching cardigan makes them fresh for spring.