Leather, faux fur, and sexy black dresses are fabulous wardrobe additions this season -- when you know how to make them work for your particular figure, that is. You do not have to look like a 6-foot-tall waif to jump on fashion trends by any means. But you do need to know how to adapt a trend to flatter your particular shape. Consider this episode your guidebook to indulging in the hottest trends for winter 2012, whether you’re 0-2, plus-sized or anything in between.
The tough-chic look of leather has an irresistible allure and the key to making it work is understanding that leather acts like a highlighter. The eye is drawn to whatever part of the body you put it on, so use leather to highlight your assets.
Show off your slim legs by rocking a pair of leather pants. Balance out the proportions with a soft, slouchy knit sweater.
Tuck a printed top into a tight leather pencil skirt to show off your curves. A pair of printed tights adds sophistication and personality.
Sometimes opposites are the way to go. We love how a flirty floral dress looks under a rough-and-tumble motorcycle jacket.
A black leather vest can be the streamlining element over a bold-patterned top and leggings.
The Little Black Dress
These can be classic or racy, depending on your mood. We love them because nothing is more flattering than black -- and because they transition so well from informal to formal and back.
Go bold and take a risk with a trendy gathered-lace one-shoulder dress and high heels.
There are two awesome facts about peplum dresses: (1) They are very much in style this season. (2) They simultaneously hug the body AND give coverage in the belly area.
There’s nothing like a perfectly fitted sheath to skim over imperfections and add polish.
A shirt dress with some stretch that hits at the knee or lower is a slimming, elegant look.
You do not have to be a Kardashian for this one. Anyone can work a bit of faux fur into a look as accents of fur make a big impact.
Try out a cozy jacket for the perfect snow-bunny effect. Fur adds bulk, but you can pull it off with skinny jeans and heels.
When you go for a fur vest, the rest of you—especially your arms— look slim and svelte.
Add flair with a fitted wool coat that has a fur collar. The fur will be the focal point and draw attention upwards to your face.
A cardigan with fur trim worn over a dress is the perfect way to showcase the trend without overwhelming your frame.
Which look do you like best? Post on our Facebook wall and let us know. Thank you to Thread viewers Amanda, Sarah, SallyAnn and Maggie for showing us how it’s done!
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