Fall & Winter

Dress Dramatic With Extreme Structure

A few days ago, I wrote about the new silhouette known as controlled volume and gave you some ideas for how to take it from runway to reality. However, just because you’ve reached a certain age doesn’t mean you need to play it safe when it comes to fashion!

If you’re the type who likes to look bold, and powerful, but not too intimidating,  you might want to try a more advanced version of controlled volume; the look fashion insiders are calling the look of the decade.

Here are some ideas for those of you who enjoy looking more dramatic.



Culottes Anyone?

Trapeze tops and blocked heels are both examples of controlled volume; they aren’t the most theatrical incarnations of this look. Culottes, which are wide-legged, cropped pants, are a super creative new look and are a great example of controlled volume. Exaggerated tapered pants are another option for the avant-garde fashionista, and pants that swoop out from the hip and then taper tightly at the ankle, with a dropped crotch, make a big fashion statement.

How to Wear Them? – Maintain a Sense of Shape

To keep yourself from drowning in voluminous clothes, contrast the fullness of some pieces. This can be done in two ways. Option one is balancing the pants’ width with a fitted top, like a button-up blouse or slim-knit top. Option two is to highlight your waist- tuck in your top and sling a belt around your waist to cut the volume and show your shape. An example of option two would be tucking an oversized white button-down top into exaggerated tapered pants. Finish the look with a belt around the waist, high heels, and rolled sleeves with stacks of bracelets.
Always Accessorize!

To really make your look fashion-forward and artistic, choose accessories with sharp lines and strong shapes. A large, structured bag and heels are good bookends for your outfit. As for jewelry, choose one item to play up and play it way up. Either big earrings, a stack of bracelets, or a bib-style necklace are the perfect finishing touch.

With these tips in tow, you’ll be able to achieve an artistic, high-fashion look you love. Controlled Volume is the new look, and you’ll be pushing the envelope of this style! Go ahead and be your fabulous, fashionable self at any age.

*This article is from Guest Contributor Morgan Mullin – a fashion journalist who blogs about all things style-related.

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