How To: Personalize Popular Trends

You may have heard the term “one-size-fits-all” and realized it’s too good to be true. This goes for fashion trends as well – 2016 was a year of witnessing the emergence of new trends and the resurgence of some classics. If you’ve seen chokers, denim-on-denim ensembles, or suede skirts at some point, you know exactly what I mean. But just because a trend has made its way into your feeds and dashboards doesn’t mean you should be too quick on your feet to hop onto the bandwagon. It is important to keep in mind that these trends are not a “one-style-fits-all” system – just because it works on one person doesn’t mean it will for you. It is important to realize how personalizing and tailoring trends can make them better flatter your body. Here are some of my favourite 2016 trends and my take on how to do just that!

Chokers have been made popular once again thanks to the revival of the 90’s. Because they have the potential to create the effect of a shortened neck, chokers tend to work best with longer and slimmer necks.

For a shorter neck:
Opt for a choker that sits closer to the base of your neck to avoid discomfort.
Look for pendants or charms that hang from the choker to visually elongate the neck.

For a wider neck:
Choose a thin choker instead of a wide one.


Off-the-Shoulder Necklines
It’s not a surprise that off-the-shoulder necklines have been popping up everywhere; they are cute, feminine, and can be incorporated in an outfit for any occasion. However, this straight, horizontal neckline can emphasize and broaden shoulders, making them look wider than they naturally are.

For broader or wider shoulders:
When styling an off-the-shoulder piece, pair it with a flared skirt or wide-legged pants to balance out the emphasis and volume of the upper body
Add a necklace to break up the space between the shoulders.

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Bomber Jackets

Bomber jackets are probably one of my favourite trends of the year, thus far. Not only is it a fashion trend, it’s also a juxtaposition in itself. This traditionally masculine-style jacket with a feminine fit is a versatile piece that can easily be dressed up or down. Because it typically has thick elastic fabric bands along the bottom and wrists, this jacket can emphasize and create a voluminous silhouette around the midsection.

For longer or wider torsos:
Opt for a longer bomber jacket without an elastic waistband at the bottom. This style is forgiving and does not have a hip-circumference-based fit


For shorter torsos:
Do the opposite and avoid a long bomber, as you will end up swallowed in the loose silhouette


As Christina Aguilera once said, “let’s get glam, don’t let the clothes wear you.” Exploring alternatives to popular trends that suit your body creates commensalism between fashion and fit, working together to create a perfect look.

What are some of your favourite 2016 trends? Leave a comment and let me know!


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