Thursday, July 07, 2011

2013’s Best Trends for a Boyish Figure

Everyone knows that one size doesn’t actually fit all. Many of us have a few lumps and bumps that we like to conceal with some strategic clothing, but what if you long for a few more lumps and bumps? For thousands of women with skinny, boyish figures, creating womanly curves can be a challenge. If you want to style up your boyish figure this year, here are some of the best trends for you from the catwalk.
Black and White

Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Wu were just two designers who indulged in the classic black and white trend for their spring/summer collections this year. From black and white stripes to houndstooth, the high contrast in these garments will add structure and shape to your figure. Look for fitted tops and body con dresses with horizontal stripes to widen your hips and boost your bust. Add an on-trend chunky necklace as seen as Gucci and Versace from Wolf and Badger to add interest to your neckline.

Midi-pencil Skirt 
This autumn/winter is all about the mid-length skirt. From black leather to classic tweed, designers used a range of textures and materials to add intrigue to this timeless piece. If you have a boyish figure, avoid blocky skirts with straight up and down lines. Opt for a sexy tapered pencil skirt with a high waist and a wide belt to accentuate your hips and cinch in your waist. Add a pair of heels with your skirt to elongate your legs and improve your posture - head to to pick up a pair of unique designer heels.
The Trench Coat

The trench coat was popular during spring and summer and is set to be updated for the colder months with warmer fabrics. A belted trench coat is perfect for adding shape to your figure. Try a double-breasted trench with a full skirt to create the illusion of an hourglass figure. The beauty of a lightweight trench is that you can team the garment with evening and day looks. Add a splash of colour to any look by choosing a bright, colour-block coat.
Slouchy Trousers

Slender frames can pull off either skinny trousers or winter’s upcoming slouchy trousers. Although baggy shapes often do not suit larger frames, boyish, more athletic figures actually benefit from this bit of extra material. Designers such as Calvin Klein and The Row used the trousers to add a bit of style to a formal, work look. Team a baggy bottom half with a tailored, fitted top half to add contrast like a striped fitted jacket or a silky satin top.
Boho Chic

Summer's bohemian trend is perfect for women with a boyish figure. Layers, ruffles and free-flowing fabrics all create the illusion of shape. Play around with patterns, textures and colours with some bright beads and accessories. A simple maxi dress with a waist-cinching bide belts is great for any occasion, from the beach to a wedding to a relaxing Sunday at home. Halter neck dresses and sweetheart necklines work well to create a fuller bust.

About the author:
Joan Smith is a free-lance writer from London and passionate about fashion.