Ask the Fashionologist
Lisa Pierpont offers solutions for all of your latest style dilemmas.
Low-rise, high-rise, tailoredâ€¦ I just canâ€™t keep track of the latest pant styles. What am I supposed to be looking for? â€” P.I., Chelsea
I canâ€™t tell you how many women like your fine self unravel over the pants dilemma. Every season, the fashion industry turns out a new trouser trend: capris, cargos, even drop-crotch numbers. But hereâ€™s a little secret: No one will ever remember that you wore of-the-moment harem pants; theyâ€™ll only remember that you looked good. Or bad. In other words, try to find a style that best flatters your figure. I find that tailored pants with a slight flare in a first-rate fabric rock on almost every body type. Low-risers generally work on small hips, while high-risers feign a slim waist. Smart designers offer them all; check out 3.1 Phillip Lim, Theory, and Alexander Wang for a full roster of pleated, peg-leg, drawstring, wide-leg, and cuffed options.
I hear three-quarter- and full-length skirts are back, but Iâ€™m used to knee-length (or shorter) hemlines. How can I make the switch without looking like a prairie woman? â€” T.R., Needham
Three-quarter-length and maxi skirts are a completely different look altogether, and theyâ€™re by no means limited to tumbleweed-tousled country chicks. A long, fitted skirt can be as chic as it gets. Vinceâ€™s caramel-suede wrap maxi topped with a bronze sequin tank from the same line is a smashing after-hours dream, while Acneâ€™s red pencil skirt with an exposed back zipper reads urban sophisticate when paired with a crisp white blouse. Diane von Furstenbergâ€™s fuchsia bias-cut style worn with an off-the-shoulder top overflows with femininity. And then thereâ€™s Calypso St. Barthâ€™s boho parachute skirt in lilac or navy â€” the perfect piece for a casual summer evening. Prairie woman? Try skirt pioneer.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2011/06/ask-the-fashionologist-july-2011/