The most convincing part of this seasons ‘Drop waist’ trend is simply that it is a style that will make you look leaner!
Who really needs any more reason to slither into this silhouette!?
However, if your not all together sure of what a ‘drop waist’ is you might need a hint or tip or two…
This catwalk craze shape is defined quite literally by a horizontal line cut across the body below the hips, instead of at your natural waist.
Skimming the hip-line, material falls straight from the shoulders down to the hips, crating a tube like effect where none of a woman’s more voluptuous curves (including the bumps and bits you DON’T want highlighted) are on show.
The longer bodice section of the garment, and shorter skirt (which can easily range from a-line to pleated) is what creates the illusion of an elongated torso – giving you a more stream like and leaner appearance.
This look is a throwback from the 1920′s when women first got the vote, and their fashions started to sync with their new found freedom.
However, it is still a shape that today’s designers are incorporating into their S/S’12 runway collections.
Tadashi Shoji, Chado Ralph Rucci and Zac Posen paid homage to past decades with hip-sweeping waistlines and is a trend that has filtered down to the mainstream and more ‘affordable’ designers too.
Meaning this shape is highly accessible and fashionable for all.
By nature, the drop-waist dress is versatile.
Paired with a blazer and heels, it makes a perfect job interview look – however add an even HIGHER pair of heels and take off the blazer and you have the perfect cocktail dress, as it is a style that will draw attention to your lengthy pins and streamlined body.
Yet adding a pair of casual tan sandals and a low-slung bucket-bag makes the drop-waist dress an essential for an afternoon of shopping.
An all round easy style to wear, no matter what your location or leisure!
Now, this blog does also come with a ‘warning’ notice and that is that this shape will make you look rather androgynous and shapeless – it also has the potential of making you look short.
So my advice is to always look for styles where the skirt section is on the shorter rather than longer side, emphasizing your legs.
OR emphasize your legs with a sky-scrappingly tall pair of heels.
Also, combat that frame-less feel with fantastic jewellery! Long draping necklaces work a treat with this look as does bring bangles and dramatic wrist wear.
Play around with this fad until you get it right, remembering that although it is a versatile shape, you will need to purchase a drop-waist with perfect proportions first.