Welcome Allison Teng, 26, of Curvy Girl Chic, who is going to give us great tips this week, on how to make a trend your own.
I love the look of wrap dresses, but it drives me nuts when people say they look amazing on everyone. They’re supposed to be universally flattering because they emphasize a small waist and an hourglass figure, but I don’t have either of those! The silhouette usually clings to my stomach and narrow hips and makes me look like an inverted triangle.
When I found this a kimono, I knew I could achieve the same style but in a way that works better for my shape. To do this, I added a belt , which created the wrapped look and showed off my waist. The kimono has a bit more volume to it than a normal wrap dress would, so even though it’s similar to a classic wrap, it helps balance out my narrow hips. I love that you can adjust the neckline, too — a deep V-neck is always so elongating!
The length of the kimono was a little short, so in another “make it work” moment, I decided to wear it over a fitted Forever 21+ LBD for added length. I actually think outfits look better when there are multiple layers. They add visual interest and, when the layers are all in the same color family, they can create a nice streamlined look without adding much bulk.
Let’s talk about my shoes for a second: I love them. They have this little V on top that helps elongate my legs, and the thick heels and mesh detailing add a cool, edgy touch. I chose a Coach clutch (sold out; shop the look) that matched my belt to keep things simple.
Get creative with your closet! If you love a certain silhouette but it’s not working on you in the traditional sense, try creating a similar style with other pieces that make you look and feel great.
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