The Anti-Dress-For-Your-Body-Type Guide

The cues are far from subtle. Be it magazines, store windows, or, ahem, certain frequently visited women’s lifestyle sites, we’ve all gotten the memo that fall’s the season when your lewk warrants an update. Yes, it’s partially due to the introduction of jackets and layers to replace swimsuits and summer silhouettes that hardly touch your body. But we see it as more of an opportunity. Fall is a chance to reflect and dial up your daring attitude; to fully embrace and refine a style that’s more exciting because it’s more you. And no body is excluded.

With that in mind, we’re breaking down some of this season's coolest silhouettes that we believe any woman can welcome into her closet. And in partnership with Lane Bryant's #plusisequal campaign, which breaks down the divide between plus- and straight-size fashion, we're not limiting style by dress sizes or curves. Instead we've matched each model with designs that go against the old dressing-for-your-body-type tropes — ones that only equate "flattering" with looking thinner — and put them in pieces that embrace the body they have.

Deliberately eschewing traditional tips and committing to a Yes, you can wear that attitude, the photos ahead offer a totally liberating take on the what the annual fashion refresh is all about.
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Pinstripes had a strong presence on the fall runways, including Antonio Marras and Versace's shows. But contrary to what you may think about them, this look leans a bit less Wall Street — or zoot suit, for that matter. Instead, it offers a slightly more tailored fit for anyone who loves — or would love to try — a wide-leg trouser.

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We think of it as the ultimate power pant, especially for women who are a bit more bottom-heavy — the wide cut will further accentuate that natural shape in a statement-making way. And thanks to the vertical lines, these pants are perfect for showcasing (or faking) a statuesque frame.
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We've been a fan of Frankenskirts for some time. We’ve fawned over Sacai’s version with pleats that burst from behind, Toga’s messed up mermaid hems, and asymmetric origami skirts from Kenzo. But as they keep evolving, the harmoniously mismatched design remains a daring trend this autumn, especially in a skirt that’s both body-skimming and flowy, all at once.

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For those with a straight-up-and-down frame (a.k.a. curves just ain’t your thing), we especially love that this shape allows you to show off your linear build while adding some dimension and a bit of non-precious etherealness. After all, it's fine to fake a different, more hourglass figure if you'd like, but we're more about owning the one you've got.

Sacai skirt.
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As we spotted at Fashion Week last spring, Rachel Comey and Hellessy were just some of the designers who adapted a more-is-more mentality when it came to fall's knits. Embellishment went over the top and pullovers had oversized hook rug details that might overwhelm your minimalist friends. But there’s something truly special when your most powerful pieces cross with your most cozy.

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Full-length fringe, like this number's lush knit, is one such example, and looks amazing on a woman with a wider midsection. While traditional dress-for-your-body-type advice usually follows the rule of opposite — wider body part paired with a narrower clothing shape — this design strikes a happy medium. The details add more volume throughout her midsection, yet the thigh-length hem keeps her stature long throughout.

Tess Giberson sweater.
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Though the moto jacket is hardly a new trend — it's an evergreen staple for any wardrobe — it’s a boxier shape that can prove to be tricky for someone who's top-heavy.

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When you’ve got wider shoulders and a well-endowed bust, you’re often told to avoid shapes that lead to the lollipop look (rounder top, slimmer legs) through silhouettes that are long, streamlined, or cut on a bias. But we say embrace it. Opt for a moto in a slightly oversized fit and play with proportions with your bottoms — pair it with something wider if you’re looking for balance and slim-fit bottoms to further emphasize what you've got on top.
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Though it may seem like the higher the boot, the higher the sartorial stakes, we say this style can be universal despite leg shape, width, or length.

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Everyone can have a piece of this look. The trick to selecting a pair is looking for details that customize your fit, such as elastic fabric along the back of the calf, a pointed toe shape that creates the look of an elongated leg, or choosing brands that offer wide-width sizes to comfortably fit your powerful gams.


American Apparel body suits, Joie boots (second from left), Stuart Weitzman boots (far right).
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The strapless dress is a fall trend that can be daring for anyone. It’s sexy, exposed, and it tends to be a love-it or hate-it kind of look. But more recent minimal iterations, such as from Wes Gordon and Cushnie et Ochs, feel modern, sleek, and may even sway the naysayers.

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The trend often suits a figure with a little bit of a bust, but we suggest this as a must-try for ladies who are very petite on top. It embraces your shape, without any unnecessary extra push up or padding.

Calvin Klein skirt (worn as dress).
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We’ve been speaking about the return of the flared jean for quite some time now, but in case you're still just a spectator, consider this season the time to fully commit to the ‘70s throwback.

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Slim through the waist and splayed below the knee, the silhouette is actually super-flattering on any woman. But for those who have a rounder, fuller bottom, we love the pairing of a curvy cut with a curvy frame. As for a shade of post-summertime white, consider it another way to stick it to the fashion rules.

Zara jeans.
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It's only natural that soon after wide-width bottoms hit their stride, other generous cuts would follow suit. And this was evidenced by wide-, bell-, and oversized-sleeved looks spotted in the collections of Ellery, The Row, and more.

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Ranging from subtle and quirky to truly extravagant, the trend is especially fitting for someone with long extremities. While these features naturally stand out on their own, a dramatic silhouette like this one allows your entire upper body to have even more of a presence. It’s a powerful way to claim your space.

Vintage Céline top.
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Embellishments can come in all shapes, textures, and degrees, but one of the coolest ways to accent a look this fall is with pockets, as seen in collections from Fendi and Trademark. Less for tucking away your hands, fall’s pocket details are tabbed, oversized, and, when placed on a certain part of the body, draw attention right there.

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With that in mind, we recommend pairing the trend with whatever body part you love most. Have a full bust? Dare to wear them on a jacket or button-down. Broader hips? Show them off with a skirt with pockets right over your widest measurement.

Zara skirt.