Trend Report: 5 New-Season Silhouettes
We asked styling superstar Kelly Smythe for her expert tips on how to pull them off.

Jessica-Anne Lyons

Jun 18, 2014 03:20
by Jessica-Anne Lyons

Want to charge up your going out wardrobe? We consulted stylist to the stars Kelly Smythe who has dressed celebs like Megan Gale and Delta Goodrem – who always look stunning! - to find out what silhouettes we’ll be wearing this season and how to rock them.

Crop-top Dress

Who does it suit?  

''Women who have long torsos as the crop style can cut off anyone with a short torso. Also flattering for women with hourglass figures and small waists.''

Styling tips?

"Choose a crop top in either a bandeau style or one that has a high neckline and pick a skirt that sits high on the waist.  Ensure not too much skin is exposed. Keep it clean with minimal jewellery. Less I more"

Deep V-Neck Dress

Who does it suit?

''Women who are fit, tall and don’t have D-cup boobs. This style isn’t for the faint hearted, but when done well it’s flawless.''

Styling tips?

"Ensure you have the right styling tools e.g. U-shape bras, Hollywood Tape, and unseen support in the form of a fine cord around the back of the neckline to hold up the shoulders. Opt for more luxe, double layered fabrics like matte silk jersey. Accessorise with a great statement earring - this will draw the attention to the top half of the body and face."

Long Column Dress

Who does it suit?

“This style looks incredible on all body times, yet women who are conscious about their arms or broad shoulders should stay clear of this style.”

Styling tips?

"Choose luxe fabrics such as silk-blended heavy crepe or silk jersey. Focus on appropriate shape wear and not having any visible lines showing. Accessorise with an arm wrap that sits above the elbow."

Long Sleeve

Who does it suit?

“Everyone! This timeless style is a trusted go-to for women who don’t like their arms.”

Styling tips?

- Pick ponti or stretch fabrics.
- For a fashion-forward look, choose a sleeve length that’s longer than your wrist.
- A low back is always a killer statement if you can pull it off.

High Neckline Dress

Who does it suit?

“Women with small busts, short torsos and long legs. The high neckline adds length to the upper torso and balances out body proportions.”

Smythe's Styling Tips:

"Find a break in the design e.g. a split in the leg, embellishment or a shorter skirt length so that the dress doesn’t appear to be all fabric. Cap sleeves look fabulous with this style. Wear with a fabulous cuff or delicate hand jewellery. No necklaces or long drop earrings!”

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