Fashion Lesson #21: Picks For Your Shape at NY Fashion Week S/S 2009

Now that Fashion Week in New York is wrapping up, I thought it would be interesting to use some of the pieces from the shows and match them to a respective body type.  So for this Fashion Lesson, let’s all pretend that we have well toned and fit bodies for our corresponding body shape category.  After all, Fashion Week doles out a liberal dose of fantasy, so why not just pretend?

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The main objective for the Apple shape is to camouflage the tummy without sacrificing a feminine shape.  Pockets on the hips also helps to make the waist appear smaller.  I do not endorse the knee high nylons with this look from G-Star, but the jacket really appeals to me.

I also chose the gray and orange ombre dress for the figure flattering drape and the beautiful illusion of a dress on fire.  The flesh toned dress to the left of this photo is a great example of creating a proportioned body shape with beadwork.  In addition, I like it for an Apple Shape because of the V-neck.  Many Apple shaped women have a large bust and need to break up the voluminous appearance of their bust.

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With a straight figure, you want to create an hourglass shape.  The examples below do just that.  One easy way of doing this is to add a belt to your coat or sweater this season.

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One of the most envied body shapes on the spectrum, the job of the Hourglass is to show off those amazing curves!  Be sure to choose a garment that defines your waist, but is not too tight everywhere else, unless you look like the model in the Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress.






The Pear woman shares some of the traits of an hourglass, but she needs to make sure that her shoulders are well defined to balance out her hips.  I know the Oscar de la Renta outfit is a repeat for me, but I think it is a lovely example for a pear shaped woman.  The top enhances the waist, adds definition to the shoulders with the geometric piping and the pants are nice and loose at the hips without sacrificing a feminine shape.






If you have any suggestions for future Fashion Lessons, be sure to write me or leave a comment!

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4 responses to “Fashion Lesson #21: Picks For Your Shape at NY Fashion Week S/S 2009

  1. So many gorgeous things! I love the Oscar de la Renta black and white outfit. The top looks so fun, yet professional for work. I love the handbag she’s carrying too!

  2. stacy

    great as always.
    LOVE the Naeem Khan dress for pears, the Nanette Lepore and the white J Mendel are stunning for hourglasses. For us straight to pear, LOVE the Naeem Khan strapless, its fantastic. I could see myself wearing that…though my upper arms arent the most toned. Hope the weekend was pleasant for you

  3. stacy

    I got the new job by the way! I start in 3 weeks, exactly 15 working days!! Can’t wait.

  4. CONGRATS, Stacy! I’m so happy for you. 😀

    I hope you will be off those three weeks (paid of course) between jobs.

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