How to Wear it: Volume at the Top

July 2, 2006 • Magazine

How to Wear it: Volume at the Top

How to Wear it: Volume at the Top

Sun, 2006-07-02 22:00

Jacqueline Zenn

By now, you know that skinny jeans and slim pants are some of the biggest fall trends, but this shape can be challenging to work with. Anything fitted on top can be unflattering (and tight on both the bottom and top can look a little trampy), however, too loose and flowy can resemble maternity wear. So how does one wear this silhouette?

First of all, think structured volume. However, don’t dig out your eighties shoulder pads just yet. In the fall and winter, try tops with some heft to them, like wool and tweed blazers, or a chunky sweater with a wide shawl collar. This reverse cowl neck style by Alexander McQueen (from Neiman Marcus) is absolutely stunning, and unexpectedly sexy as well. Add a pair of skinny black pants and you are set for a romantic winter evening.

A short trench works nicely as a transition piece for spring and early fall. This one from Max Studio is the perfect feminine summer style.

For a more casual summer look, a floaty tunic top like this one by T-bags (available at is a great day-time option over skinny jeans or knee-length shorts. The deep V neckline is also a good background for your favorite necklace, and the more well-endowed among us can do a pretty camisole underneath.

Of course, in order to actually wear all these looks, you need the perfect pair of narrow bottoms. Skinny jeans are all over the place this season (try Siwy as previously mentioned on SCS or Paige for a flattering pair), but you can also try cropped pants or Bermuda shorts to create this silhouette. These black Max Studio shorts are very versatile and quite flattering (they can be worn during the day with a blouson top and wedges, or for the evening with strappy sandals and a tank).

So experiment with what works best for your figure, and don’t forget that this silhouette is still very chic for fall, and with all the slim pants, leggings, and layering trends going on, it’s easy to find the styles that suit your body best.

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