Fashion Dr: Balance your body shape

16:00, Nov 20 2012
jeans
JEAN GENIE: Can someone with skinny legs and broad shoulders carry off brightly coloured skinny jeans?

Dear Fashion Doctor,

I am happy with my height, and overall slender frame. However, I have two features which can have a slightly negative, reciprocal influence on each other. I have very thin legs, and broad shoulders. I love wearing jeans and trousers, but I am obliged to wear flared cuts, otherwise my shoulders are emphasised, and my legs look very thin in comparison. I love the coloured jean trend, but they tend to come in narrow cuts. How can I wear them but achieve a more "balanced" look?

Chrissy

Hi Chrissy,

In theory, coloured jeans are just the thing for you. Fashion lore says that bright colours attract attention, therefore wearing bright colours on the leanest part of your body will emphasise it and add width. In your case this makes for a winning situation. Balance out your top heavy silhouette with garments that have a party going on downstairs. For instance, try light-coloured trousers and darker tops, or skirts and dresses with embellishment at the bottom.

If you're worried about skinny jeans accentuating your lean legs, opt for straight-leg cuts. Skinny trousers are slowly going out of fashion anyway. Slightly high-waisted flared cuts are also brilliant and flattering - not to mention they elongate the legs. Emerge by Ezibuy has a great straight-leg jean that's only $49.95 and comes in 15 different colours and three different prints. Printed jeans are also kooky and interesting and look fabulous paired back with a simple top. While coloured straight-leg jeans are pretty slim picking, there are many different straight coloured trousers in stores, with lots in thick drill fabric that looks a bit like denim.

Try Country Road and David Lawrence for slightly dressier styles. As for balancing out your wide shoulders - keep away from high-neck tops and opt for deep V necks, wrap tops or blouses with the top few buttons undone to visually break up that width.

 

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