Runway To Reality – Making Fall Fashion Trends Work For Your Body

This segment aired on Sept 28, 2010 on Great Day Houston (KHOU, Channel 11 Houston).

The fashion trends for Fall 2010 are filled with ruffles, jewel tones, animal print, gold, feathers and faux fur, mixed prints, leather jackets and chunky knits.

On The Runway, designers show you how to wear the trends if you are model thin. These options often add volume to your body and make you look bigger. You don’t have to sacrifice your body for fashion. Everybody can wear every trend; however, the way you can wear it depends on your body type. Here are ways to them if you petite, plus size, or anything in between.

Animal Print – Animal prints have multiple personalities. You can use it as an accents, neutrals, or use them to make a major statement.

Mannequin – Petite – We mixed leopard and tortoise accents with black to give the outfit a little personality without overpowering a petite frame.
Mannequin – Missy – Use the print to highlight the face and hips. We used the black cardigan to create a color block effect than narrows the waist.
Mannequin – Women – Full figured women can make a bold statement. Layers create the illusion of a narrower figure.

Ruffles – On the runway, ruffles come in all sizes, shapes and materials. These work for models, but not so well if you have curves. Here’s how to make ruffles work:

Model Amy – Petite (ladies less than 5’4” tall) – Keep the ruffles flat and small to they are in proportion with your frame. Ruffles work as trim or accents on necklines, sleeves and hems.
Model Anicea – Missy (ladies size 0-16 and more than 5’5” tall) – use big ruffles to accent your assets and flat or small ruffles on areas where you don’t want to add much volume.
Mannequin – Women (ladies size 14 – 28+) – choose flat and stream-line ruffles to high-light your assets. Structured clothing works best to keep the body looking smooth.

Jewel Tones – This is one of the easiest trends to wear. Add one jewel tone piece to a neutral outfit for a pop of color or mix several together for a bolder look.

Mannequin – Petite – Voluminous clothing will make you look smaller and shorter. Choose clothing that is fitted and skims your body without gaping or pulling on a roll/bulge. Mix jewel tones with dark neutrals for a taller, leaner look.
Model Molly – Missy – Use jewel tones as a pop of color to direct attention to your assets and away from any flaws.
Model Stephanie – Women – Black is slimming and so are all deep colors. Here we created a warmer monochromatic look with eggplant instead of black. Monochromatic outfits make you look taller which automatically makes you look slimmer. For example: a 150 pound woman who is 5-feet tall looks different than one who is 6-feet tall.

Thank you Talbots for providing all the clothing, accessories, and shoes for the segment!

What’s Sarah Wearing? Dolce Cabo cardigan with faux fur, feathers, and leather ruffles (Dillard’s Post Oak store, $195), Alberto Makali trousers, Via Spiga metallic platform pumps.

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