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How to wear the season's trickier styles

Tue 25 Jan 2011

How to wear the season's trickier styles

Harem pants

Great for the sports luxe style that's all about contrasting casual pieces with dressier items, harem pants have real fashion-forward appeal. But the shape can be daunting for fashionistas used to skin-tight jeans.

Indeed, the draping detail means that it's important to pair harems with more figure-hugging pieces. Long or loose tops that cover the waistband can make your look shapeless, so tuck in a tight T-shirt or vest to retain your silhouette.

Pair with heels to lengthen your calves and you've got the perfect day-to-night outfit.

Maxi dresses

Maxi dresses are set to be huge again in spring/summer, this year going sheer and chiffon. But while many have conjured their inner boho goddess and embraced the look, all that fabric can put some people off, especially the more petite among us.

To avoid being swamped by your maxi, choose one-colour pieces, such as black or white Grecian-style dresses, rather than bold and busy prints and get those trusty heels out.

Whatever your size, if you're worried that your dress looks shapeless or is missing a certain something, define the waist with a skinny belt, knotted in this season's catwalk style, and pile on the bangles to add interest.

High-waisted shorts

With Jodie Foster's daring Taxi Driver look inspiring designers such as Marc Jacobs, high-waisted shorts have bagged their place on this season's must-have list.

For real Seventies style, it's got to be a tied floral top with high-waisted pastel shorts, or go for Nineties grunge with denim cut-offs, a cropped band tee and tough boots.

But what if all this talk of midriff-bearing is bringing you out in a cold sweat? Fear not. Tuck a tight vest or tee into flared shorts to balance out your middle section and make your waist appear smaller, and add a belt for further definition.

If you still feel a bit too naked to rock this look around town, throw on a fitted blazer and roll up some sheer tights.

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