Q. Living in New York, I am surrounded by stylish women. I'd like to adopt some of the popular styles, such as jeans tucked into boots and pencil skirts with heels, but I have a, shall we say, ample lower half and I'm not sure I can pull it off. Can pear-shaped girls wear those styles? Any advice on how to make it work?
-Curvy in NYC
A. There are ways to make those trends look good on a curvy shape. If you’d like to sport jeans tucked into boots, look for a pair of jeans that are slimmer cut towards the ankle. BUT here’s the deal—these jeans are specifically to be worn with boots and a knit top or sweater that covers the hips or gathers around the hips. Or wear a longer style button down that isn’t boxy in cut and wear it untucked and add a fitted vest. You want to balance the top half with your bottom half without drawing too much attention to your curvy hips and thighs. Ashlee Simpson's look shown here would look great on a curvier girl.
As for the pencil skirt, there are styles that are cut straight rather than fitted. While a-line skirts are truly best for just about everyone’s shape, particularly curvy girls, if you wish to try out the pencil skirt trend, look for fabrics that hug, slim and smooth your figure. And don’t hesitate to add a little help underneath! We’re big fans of Donna Karan’s Body Perfect shapewear pieces and Spanx undergarments since they are thin, comfortable and slim and smooth out all those imperfections.
Both of these pencil skirt options from newport-news.com offer a figure flattering silhouette with added control properties that smooth and slim your shape. left to right: Fit & flare skirt (also available in plus sizes), $39 and Control pencil skirt, $39
Ashlee Simpson photo via InStyle