Spring/Summer ’13 Trends to Suit Your Body Shape


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Spring is nearly here and that means one thing in fashion land; shiny new collections to covet. From designer to high street and boutique to jumble sale, the key catwalk trends will filter down to your favourite shops if it hasn’t started to do so already. But to be prepared for all these delectable trends, you need to know what S/S13 looks will best suit your body shape.

From boyish to petite, hourglass to athletic, there will always be styles that suit you more than others, and the same rules apply to new season trends. Read on to find out what eras, patterns and colour palettes you should be shopping for this season.

Swinging 60s

The decade of the moment is the sexual revolutionising, rock music producing, and short skirt-swaying 1960s. The fashions of the era included graphic prints, monochrome beehives and the infamous mini skirt. The era spawned numerous other sub trends this year and the best way to work it is to embrace loud patterns, big hair and lots of leg. Petite figures look great in miniskirts and drop-waist dresses, but pair short hemlines with flats to avoid looking too polished.

Best for: petite, boyish


A side effect of the swinging 60s trend, monochrome prints and patterns featured heavily in the S/S13 collections of Marc Jacobs, Prada and Diane Von Furstenburg. This is a statement look, especially when worn head to toe, and would look fantastic on hourglass figures. Vertical panel designs, in particular, can be sliming while enhancing the natural curves of the body at the same time.

Best for: Hourglass, curves

All White on the Night

White is back in a big way this season but it can be quite a hard look to pull off, and is certain to turn heads, whether you opt for girly broderie anglaise dresses or sleek, minimalist separates. Tall and athletic builds would suit the masculine power dressing of whites and nudes, and those blessed with long legs can also pull off all-white trouser suits – just avoid red wine like the plague!

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Best for: Athletic, tall

Wide Stripes

Chunky, in-your-face stripes will be a popular addition to the high street this summer and look fantastic on tall, statuesque bodies. Thin or smaller busted women looking to create the appearance of curves should also take note of such dresses and tops, as they can make breasts increase naturally by adding curves and making the bust appear larger.

Best for: Boyish, athletic

Fabulous Florals

Just like the sprouting blooms in the ground, florals make an appearance every S/S season and 2013 is no different. Luckily this means that florals suit every body shape, you just have to find the right style. Big, bold floral prints are great for flattering larger figures, but can dwarf petite women. Floral embellishments around the neckline can enhance a flat bust, but should be avoided by those with large chests as it can make the area appear larger.

Best for: all figures!

Image by Vincent Boiteau

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