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Q. I really, really want to get into this boyfriend blazer trend. I read about how versatile they are on fashion blogs, I see ladies rocking them at bars on my nights on the town; but, every time I see one in a store all I see are 1980s blazers-and-shoulder-pads turning women into linebackers in skirts and dresses. I’m plus size and pretty broad shouldered already with a large chest, can I really pull this look off on a night out or a casual day at work without having do to the Super Bowl shuffle?
A. You can absolutely wear a boyfriend blazer. The key is to choose a style without shoulder pads, since you’re already broad, and to look for a long, slim cut which will give you a leaner appearance. Anything that is boxy or too short will make you look wider. Be sure to wear a slim bottom and wear heels, if possible, for the most flattering look.
Q. Do you think that a woman of age 65 should wear a strapless dress? is there an age limit? I look good, no flap or sagging arms, my husband also agrees.
A. If you feel good in a strapless dress, and the style is age appropriate, then go for it! I found this photo on brides.com which shows how sophisticated a strapless dress can look on someone over 50.
Q. I’ve seen Dolman sleeve tops and dresses everywhere this season, but I’m not convinced that they’d be flattering. Can a petite woman (5’) with a larger chest (34D) get away with so much extra fabric under the arms?
A. Dolman sleeves are a big trend this season, but they can be tricky to wear for petite women or women with full busts. However, you don’t need to avoid this trend completely. Dolman sleeves vary in size from giant batwing styles to more subtle kimono sleeves. Generally, you should opt for sleeves with a smaller drape. It’s also important to consider the neckline; look for v-necks and scoop necks which are more flattering for a large chest than a higher neckline. Finally, you may find that a short sleeve or 3/4 sleeve is more flattering than a long dolman sleeve.
(note: this was originally published on our new site: StyleBakeryMom.com)
Q. I’m 12 weeks pregnant with my 6th child! I’m a petite athletic 5ft tall post pregnancy weight of 105. I’ve always had a hard time dressing my petite frame with all my pregnancies. I continue to run 30 miles per week and continue weight training but since I’m short I tend to look chunky anyway! I would like some tips on how to elongate my torso and look cute for once during my pregnancy. I have very toned arms, shoulders, and legs, how would I go about focusing on those areas rather than on my mid section which tends to hold a lot of my weight gain. Hope you can help!
A. First of all - your 6th child? Wow, congratulations! How you find the time or strength to run 30 miles a week and weight train is beyond me, but good for you!
It can be very tough for petite pregnant women to find clothes that are flattering, since most clothes tend to make you look like you’re all belly. Since you’re fortunate enough to have toned arms, shoulders and legs, you should flaunt them! Look for sleeveless tops, above the knee dresses and skinny pants or jeans that show off your slimmest features. Look for silhouettes that are sleek and form-fitting, and avoid extra fabric like ruffles that will overwhelm your figure. When possible, wear a sturdy heel or wedge to add height.
Some outfit ideas:
- Skinny pants, fitted t-shirt and a cardigan
- Short shorts and a bohemian printed top or loose tunic
- Short sleeveless shift dresses
- Long maxi dresses with or without a little jean jacket
- Leggings and a slim fitting tunic top
Here are some pieces to get you started: