Get Draped Not Droopy

How to wear the trend.

Get Draped Not Droopy

How to wear the trend.

-Lois Joy Johnson

Ashley Tisdale

Some fashion know-it-alls (like Ashley Tisdale, above) call this look Grecian or refer to it as the Goddess trend. Others say all these draped jersey and knit sweater dresses are just clever knock-offs of what Donna Karan and Norma Kamali have been doing so well over the years.Whatever you believe, the draped or ruched look is the best thing to happen to fashion since stretch was added to jeans. At its best, draping hides bulges, flab and extra pounds elegantly. At its worst, you end up looking like an extra from The History Channel.

Here Are Two Fashion Tips To Draping Correctly:

1. IF MOST OF YOUR BODY ISSUES ARE BELOW THE WAIST: You’re probably pear shaped with a relatively slim top and chunky thighs/ curvy hips on bottom. Look for dresses that have asymmetrical draping below the waist. Black is always a top slimmer but navy, chocolate or charcoal also provide the thinning effect too while showing off draping details. Three examples to get you started:

Draped Dresses

From left: Ella Moss black stretch jersey ruched wrap dress ($171, revolveclothing.com), Mason by Michelle Mason blue jersey twist front bubble dress ( $178, bluefly.com)

2. IF MOST OF YOUR BODY ISSUES ARE ABOVE THE WAIST: You‘re top-heavy and might have flabby arms, a big chest and/or a doughy middle. You wouldn’t be a prime candidate for clingy dresses. ..until now. Look for dresses that have a blouson waist with a dolman or batwing sleeves. Another option are dresses that have an empire waist, deep V neck,and ruching below the bosom. Four to try on now:

Draped Dresses

From left: Design History batwing sweater dress ( $150, lordandtaylor.com), Newport News Two-way stretch knit dress ($39, newportnews.com)


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