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Tapering into trends

Have any fashion query? We have Nida Mahmood to answer them all. Read on...if something is there for you.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 27, 2008 17:25 IST

I am a 23-year-old woman, slender but not very tall. I have a large rear which I am very conscious about. Do you think my body type can carry off tapered pants? — Priya Singh
Tapered pants do not look good on every kind of body type. Here I don’t want you to mistake tapered pants for skinny jeans. Tapered pants are semi-fit in structure ending just above the ankles and a very tricky silhouette to handle. Unless you don’t have that extra ounce of fat on your hips you should steer clear of these pants.

The most prominent flaws in this silhouette are that it accentuates the hips and make most women look shorter than they are. Also, it draws attention to the ankles. It’s true that pants with a boot-cut or a slightly flared leg can create the illusion of length and make your legs look more slender, but tapered pants won’t do you any such favours. Even if you’re slim and have a nice, even shape without any bulges, tapered pants will add some unflattering pounds to your waistline.

However, for some unknown reason, tapered pants are quite popular among women, many of whom state that they have a classy cut which is likely to make their legs look more slender. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Hence, tapered cuts emphasise hips rather than integrate them. Straight or wide legged trousers are a more flattering alternative as they draw attention away from the hips. Boot-cut and flares serve to even out the curve of the hips because of their leg lengthening properties.

I am not very well endowed so I like to wear high necklines, but I feel they do me no good. Sometimes I feel nothing suits me — as my body type is very disproportionate. Please help me choose the right clothes. –Ranjita
One of the unpardonable forays into the land of unflattering style is wearing a turtleneck sweater or a high neck tee if you’re not thin and have a boyish, flat-chested figure. Being conscious of a flaw and blundering on it is the worst thing one can do. You must keep in mind, if you not comfortable you will never look good. Choose nice round necks.

Not too deep but you must have a bit of the shoulder bone shown so that it draws attention to the shoulders. Never wear very loose ill-fitted tops as they do no one any good. When I say loose ill-fitted tops I mean when shoulder seam doesn’t fall well on the shoulders and the neckline is lopsided because it’s a size too large.

Any silhouette which is fitted to the body measurements will accentuate your body to the best of its ability. Try tops and blouses with detailing on sleeves or shoulders or waistline. Shirts with ruffles on front placket work very well. Peasant tops work wonders where all the emphasis is on the neckline with frills and embroidery. Semi fit and blouson silhouette are the by far the most flattering for your body type.